Thursday 19 September, 2019

Cops seize 11 guns, 300 rounds of ammunition in less than seven days

Police say the ‘Get the Guns’ campaign, which got under way September 2015, is one of the JCF’s crime-fighting initiatives aimed at reducing the number of guns available for use in murders across the island.

Police say the ‘Get the Guns’ campaign, which got under way September 2015, is one of the JCF’s crime-fighting initiatives aimed at reducing the number of guns available for use in murders across the island.

Police say they continue to reap success in their efforts to rid the streets of illegal guns.

Police are reporting that since the start of the week they seized 11 firearms and over 300 rounds of ammunition during operations across the island. 

The finds have brought to more than 500 the number of guns recovered since the start of the year. Police report that during the period January 1 to July 9 a total of 449 guns and 7,899 rounds of ammunition were seized.

Following those operations, police said they seized a  total of 28 guns and 522 rounds of ammunition in the first two weeks of August. 

Police report that thirty percent (135) of the illegal firearms removed from the streets were seized in Area Four which comprises of Kingston Central, Kingston East, Kingston West, St. Andrew Central and St. Andrew South.

They were closely trailed by Area One which comprises of Hanover, St. James, Trelawny and Westmoreland who accounted for 28% (128) of the firearms seized.

The majority of the assorted rounds of ammunition seized for the period, 51 percent (4015 rounds) was seized in Area One with St. James alone accounting for 44% (3476 rounds) of the ammunition seized in the country.

Police said the ‘Get the Guns’ campaign, which got under way September 2015, is one of the JCF’s crime-fighting initiatives aimed at reducing the number of guns available for use in murders across the island.

It involves, among other things, intercepting illegal guns entering the island’s shores and seizing them from criminals.

There is collaboration with the Haitian law-enforcement authorities due to the high inflow of illegal guns from the French-speaking Island.

 

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