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Montague promises more stop and search operations with 30 new police cars

Published:Monday | July 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMJason Cross
Some of the 30 vehicles that were handed over to the police force today. – Norman Grindley Photo

National Security Minister Robert Montague says there will now be more frequent vehicular stop and search operations by the police as they move to stem the trafficking of weapons.

According to Montague, police analysis has revealed that five specific guns were used to commit 51 murders across six police divisions.

"It tells us that the weapons either are rented or the persons who are using the weapons are moving across police divisions. Too much of our criminals are moving from parish to parish and division to division freely,” Montague said.

He was speaking today during the handing over of 30 police vehicles at the Office of the Police Commissioner.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Clifford Blake received the cars on behalf of Police Commissioner George Quallo.

The minister said the new police cars will help to increase mobility of cops.

"The increased mobility of the police will act as a force multiplier, where more and more of our police officers will be able to go further and further into communities to increase their presence, dominate space, help with vehicular checkpoints and begin to drive away criminal elements and take control of our public spaces and roadways,” the minister said.