Basseterre, St. Kitts – AS a result of the introduction of a peace initiative in February 2019 to curb gang violence in St. Kitts and Nevis, gang members, through a third party, had handed over 30 firearms and 73 rounds of assorted ammunition to the police.
This disclosure was made by Acting Commissioner of Police Hilroy Brandy at a press conference held at the Police Training School on Tuesday (Aug. 13).
In addressing members of the media, Brandy said it was an historic exercise.
“These members have decided that they would further demonstrate their level of seriousness to the peace effort by relieving themselves of their weapons. Working through a third party they have been doing so, to date the police have received 30 firearms and 73 rounds of sorted ammunition. Such an exercise has never taken place in the history of the Police Force or our country. These weapons will undergo a process and will subsequently be destroyed. When combined with the 13 firearms that the police have been able to take into custody through various operations we now have a total of 43 firearms that have been recovered from the streets of our communities.”
The Acting Commissioner of Police declared that the results of the exercise were unprecedented and “the public can rest assured that our quest for finding and removing illegal firearms still at large will entitle us to continue”.
He however urged those individuals who are in possession of illegal firearms to turn them into the police force immediately.
The illegal firearms turned in to the police range from an AK47 Assault Rifle, a 12-gauge Shotgun, .22 Pistols and a quantity of Gluck Pistols.
Among those present at the press conference were Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris, Nevis’ Premier the Hon. Mark Brantly, Government Ministers, Commander of the St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force and Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, Dr. Sharon Gopaul-McNicol.