CHARLESTOWN, Nevis – IN keeping with their promise of commitment to the Peace Initiative, gang members have recently handed in 22 rounds of ammunition to the police on Nevis.
According to a police communiqué, 13 9mm rounds and nine .45mm rounds of ammunition were handed over through a third party.
This is the second time that such an act of commitment to the process has occurred since it began earlier this year.
At a press conference held at the Police Training School on Tuesday (Aug. 13), Acting Commissioner of Police Hilroy Brandy disclosed that gang members, through a third party, had handed over 30 firearms and 73 rounds of assorted ammunition to the police.
Those firearms and ammunition, according to the latest communiqué, was a collection from both islands.
The release also stated: “When combined with the thirteen (13) firearms that the Police have been able to take into custody through their various operations, a total of forty-three (43) firearms and over 100 rounds of ammunition have been removed from the streets of communities around the Federation.”
It further stated that Head of the Nevis Task Force, Inspector James Stephen, noted that the Interim Strategy for the Reduction in Gang Induced Violence had proven to be successful to date.
“The initiative is continuing to bear fruit. Gang members have been proactive, and they are the ones who have been helping the process along. However, I’d like to say, once again, that we have not offered an amnesty to anyone or any group and our investigations into existing matters are ongoing.”
He also reiterated the Acting Commissioner’s advice in urging anyone else with illegal firearms in their possession to hand them over to the police immediately.