Gov't says rewarding informers helping crime fight

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of National Security, Robert Montague, said today that a repackaged and re-launched “Get The Guns Campaign”, under his ministry, is responsible for a 36 per cent increase in the removal of illegal guns from the streets.

Montague told a press conference at Jamaica House, at which Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced the second zone of special operations (ZOSO), that 674 guns have been removed from the streets so far in 2017, compared to 499 in 2016.

In addition, Montague said the police have seized 15,667 rounds of ammunition so far this year, compared to 7,238 in 2016.

He said with the support of a reward system offering $150,000 for information leading to the recovery of a rifle, $100,000 for a pistol and $75,000 for a revolver, Crime Stop has reported a 28 per cent increase in calls providing the police with information about the illegal weapons and activities.

In addition, he said that there was a $1 million bounty for information leading to the capture of fugitives, which has assisted in the apprehension or killing of several fugitives including Marlon “Duppy Film” Perry (Kingston and St Thomas), Saddam Mullings (Westmoreland), Glenroy Roache (Hanover) and Paul Lewis and Daniel Whittaker from the G-City gang in St James.

He said rewards have been paid for those who have been captured or killed by the police in shootouts.

Prime Minister Holness also informed the press conference that the zones of special operations (ZOSO) legislation carries with it a pool of $100 million, which is being paid for information leading to the recovery of guns and ammunition and the capture of wanted persons.

“People have been receiving their reward money, because they have been sharing information, and we have been reaping success in the recovery of firearms,” the prime minister said.

Balford Henry

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