10 weapons seized under new Get the Guns campaign

Monday, September 21, 2015

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JUST days since the latest initiative to rid the streets of illegal guns was launched, police are reporting that they have seized a total of 10 weapons across the island under the Get the Guns campaign launched by Commissioner Carl Williams last Friday.

"Police personnel in divisions across the island have been tasked to search diligently for firearms, in fact, a target has been set [but] we don't want to make known that figure which we will be [using] as a benchmark for our activities going forward," Senior Superintendent Assan Thompson told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.

The number of weapons or the period over which these seizures should be made have been withheld for security reasons, Thompson said.

Thompson gave the update following a meeting with Commissioner Williams and all his senior officers at the police commissioner's office in Kingston.

"These weapons were seized during several high-profile operations carried out both in the Corporate area and other rural parishes," Thompson explained.

Four persons have since been arrested in connection with the seizures.

Thompson, meanwhile, urged the police to move forward aggressively to "sweep" the 19 geographic locations across the island to go after guns and wanted men.

There will be rewards for the division that recovers the most firearms.

Police yesterday said discussions with international partners were also being finalised to give more support to the initiative, details of which will be revealed in coming weeks.

-- Kimmo Matthews

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