Tuesday 19 September, 2017

Police seize 499 guns, almost eight thousand rounds of ammunition

A total of 449 guns and 7,899 rounds of ammunition seized since the start of the year.

A total of 449 guns and 7,899 rounds of ammunition seized since the start of the year.

Police say they have seized a total of 449 guns and 7,899 rounds of ammunition since the start of the year under the “Get the Guns’ campaign.

The guns and ammunition were seized during the period January 1 to July 9.

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.

Area Four accounted for 20% (1556 rounds) of the ammunition seized for the period.

Portland and St. Mary had the least significant figures for both firearm and ammunition seizures with Portland only recording three firearm seizures ( 0.1%) and St. Mary recording eight firearm seizures (1.8%)  for the review period.

Both parishes also recorded low figures for ammunition seizures with 21 rounds (0.2%) and 39 (0.5%) for the review period.

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.