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Record 77 firearms seized by police during October

Friday, November 01, 2013

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Police are reporting that since the launch of Operation Resilience, a total of 295 operations have been carried out, resulting in a record seizure of 77 illegal firearms for the month of October and the arrest of 174 individuals.

According to the cops, the figure represents the highest number of firearm seizures ever in any given month since June 2010, and has further increased illegal gun seizures to 601 for the period January to October 2013.

A total 500 firearm seizures were recorded for the same period last year, the police said. The January to October 2013 figure also accounts for the highest illegal firearm seizures for a similar period over the last five years.

The police said that of the 601 illegal firearms recovered for the ten-month period this year, in more than 60 per cent of the incidents, there was no fatality, injury or harm to suspect(s) involved.

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Meanwhile of the 174 person arrested, several were wanted for murders, shootings and other serious crimes, the police reported.

Operation Resilience, a new anti-crime initiative was recently rolled out by the Police High Command to target gangs across the nation and reduce the level of gun crimes.

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