Get the Guns campaign reaping success, says JCF
Communications officer of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, is reporting that law-enforcement officers have been successful in seizing 336 illegal guns from communities across Jamaica through the Get the Guns campaign this year.
She said at a recent press conference at the Office of the Commissioner in St Andrew that the police had recovered 37 more guns compared to the corresponding period last year.
She said that of the 336 illegal guns, 69 were found in St James, with an additional 584 rounds of ammunition being confiscated in the same parish.
"We are very concerned about the number of firearms that are out there, because when we look at the statistics, we're seeing where the firearm accounts for 80 per cent of [murders]," she noted.
Lindsay urged Jamaicans to partner with the police to remove illegal guns from their communities and put an end to crime.
She further encouraged people to call the toll-free lines 811 and 311 to give information to the police.
In the meantime, she indicated that the police have combined forces with the military to increase operations in sectors of western Jamaica, including the town centre of Montego Bay, St James.
"It is early days yet, but we are very pleased to see the results that we are already getting on the ground with the increased number of officers occupying some spaces where the criminals were very active," the Jamaica Information Service quoted her as saying.
She added that the joint operation is aimed at improving safety and security throughout the country.
The Get the Guns campaign, started in 2015, is one of JCF's crime-fighting initiatives aimed at, among other things, the crippling illegal gun distribution from foreign sources and the recovery of these from criminals.
The Haitian law-enforcement has collaborated with this project due to a similar high influx of prohibited weapons in that country.