September 29, 2020

Amnesty door closed, says police chief

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Robert Baraud of High Impact (left) with Detective Superintendent Marlon Bodden

Police received more than 900 rounds of ammunition and three firearms during the July and August gun amnesty and “cash for guns” programmes.

During the month of July two firearms were handed in and 144 rounds of ammunition were turned over to the police.

In the month of August, the RCIPS, in conjunction with HI Impact, a mobile billboard and general advertisement company, extended the amnesty to the end of August, and included an incentive component called the “Operation Cash for Guns.”

The incentive saw $200 in cash paid out for anyone handing over a gun and $25 per 10 bullets.

The result from the 1st to the 31st August was better than the previous month.

As much as 825 rounds of ammunition, one pistol, three air guns, and 217 pellets were surrendered to the police in exchange for cash.

Detective Superintendent, Marlon Bodden summarised the performance of the two initiatives, thanking High Impact and the public for their support.

Mr. Bodden said: “The amnesty was divided into two parts, the first phase was from the first to the 31st of July.

“The result for July was very disappointing, we received two guns and 144 rounds of ammunition, but we are glad the opportunity was offered to the public. We do not particularly enjoy seeing individuals getting arrested.

“In part two, we partnered with High Impact Digital Billboards and we launched Operation Cash For Guns which started on the 1st of August and ended on the 31st of August at 7pm and 825 rounds of ammunition, one pistol and 217 pellets were turned in to the police.”

Mr. Bodden also apologised to other organisations, which he said had offered to provide further funding for the programme, and promised to be able to accommodate their support in the future.

He added: “Other organisations have offered to assist us, going forward. We will be in a better position to benefit.”

Both the police gun amnesty and cash incentive have come to an end, and the Superintendent has asserted that persons found to be in possession of illegal guns or ammunition will feel “the full brunt of the law.”

Robert Baraud of High Impact said: “I would like to thank all the public for their support and all the people who cooperated for bringing in guns and ammunition.

“It can only be as affective as the community makes it.”

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