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Get the Guns campaign yield 157 weapons in three months, police target more

Published:Wednesday | December 16, 2015 | 12:05 AM
A gun has been used to commit majority of the 1,160 murders in Jamaica up to December 12.

The Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in charge of operations Assan Thompson says the police will be intensifying the get 'Get the Guns' campaign as they try to find more of the weapons being repeatedly featured in shootings.

According to ACP Thompson, based on ballistic tests on bullets and spent shells taken from crime scenes, some specific weapons are being used over and over and the police are intent on removing them from the streets.

The police say since the launch of the 'Get the Guns' campaign on September 17, some 157 guns and 1,960 assorted rounds of ammunition have been seized.

 

Assan Thomspon, the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of operations

A gun has been used to commit majority of the 1,160 murders in Jamaica up to December 12.

The police say an arrest has been made in connection with about 580 cases.

ACP Thompson is encouraging the police to continue to be diligent in their search for weapons.

Under the 'Get the Guns' campaign, the police have also been partnering with Haiti to help stem the flow of weapons to Jamaica.

Only recently, 13 guns destined for Jamaica were seized.