According to the Police High Command, the removal of illegal firearms and ammunition is very important in the fight against violent crime in particular. During last year’s Police operations, Police confiscated 21 illegal firearms, and as of 23rd August, 2016, 23 illegal firearms have been removed from the streets.
Commissioner of Police Ian Queeley has said, “The seizure of these illegal firearms are a result of vigilant officers, patrolling in our communities and carrying out their duties. It is also a indicator that our officers are being very thorough in their stop and search interactions.”
Commissioner Queeley noted that the removal of these illegal firearms can contribute to the reduction in violent gun related crimes over time. He said, “each removal is one less instrument available for use by those intent on committing a violent crime.”
The reduction of illegal firearms is one of the deliverables of the Police Six Point Plan for the Reduction of Homicides and Violent Crimes in the Federation with the Police Service making a commitment to search for and remove illegal firearms from our communities. A total of twelve (12) illegal firearms were seized and removed in 2014, twenty-one (21) were seized in 2015 and to date in 2016, twenty three (23) have been seized.
“These numbers are a result of the efforts of our officers,” said Commissioner Queeley, and he added, “The count to date is a good indicator that we are on the right track in this area.”
In the recent late night search at Conaree, in two vacant lots of land in Conaree, officers of the Special Services Unit (SSU) discovered and seized two 9mm pistols and 51 rounds of ammunition.
The two black and silver Smith and Wesson 9mm pistols with six rounds of 9mm ammunition and forty five (45) rounds of .45 caliber ammunition were found buried in a hole on one of the lots. No one has been held accountable for the find.
As normal procedure, these firearms will be forensically examined to determine the extent if any of their involvement in any criminal activity. This seizure brings to twenty-three (23), the number of illegal firearms seized by the Police so far in 2016, surpassing the twenty-one seized in 2015.
Commissioner of Police Mr. Ian M. Queeley commenting on the seizure said, “Our latest discovery within the last five (5) days is testament to the fact that our policing efforts are continuing to bear fruits.”
He continued, “We have had steady success in finding and removing these illegal firearms from our communities, every illegal firearm removed is one less instrument to inflict injury or death amongst our your people. Further, I am appealing to the general public to stand up and be counted by providing the evidence required leading to the prosecution of these criminals.”