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  • Commissioner of Police, Dr. Carl Williams, says some 16 firearms have been recovered over the past 36 hours under the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) ‘Get the Guns Campaign’.
  • This brings to 26, the total number of firearms recovered since the launch of the campaign on September 17.
  • The Get the Guns campaign is the JCF’s latest crime fighting initiative, aimed at reducing the number of guns available for use in murders across the island.

Commissioner of Police, Dr. Carl Williams, says some 16 firearms have been recovered over the past 36 hours under the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) ‘Get the Guns Campaign’.

This brings to 26, the total number of firearms recovered since the launch of the campaign on September 17.

The Commissioner was speaking at a customs seminar today (Sept. 24), at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston.

The Get the Guns campaign is the JCF’s latest crime fighting initiative, aimed at reducing the number of guns available for use in murders across the island.

It involves, among other things, intercepting illegal guns entering the island’s shores and seizing them from criminals.

The campaign features a reward scheme to encourage members of the public to provide information, which will systematically reduce the number of guns used in murders.

Speaking at the launch, Commissioner Williams informed that firearms were used in more than 10,300 murders over the last 10 years.

“That is approximately 75 per cent of the 13,780 plus murders recorded over the period. During the same period, an additional 9,000 Jamaicans were shot and injured resulting in a heavy burden in our health services,” he said.

Dr. Williams noted further that “20,598 persons were robbed at gunpoint with many of them killed during the course of the robbery. During the same period, guns featured in the rape of some 1,200 defenceless women and girls.”