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CoP appeals to public to help rid VI of illegal firearms

CoP appeals to public to help rid VI of illegal firearms

On the heel of a deadly shooting in East End Friday last, October 21, 2022, Commissioner of Police Mark Collins has appealed to the public for help in ridding the territory of illegal firearms.

He said the RVIPF is keeping the pressure on in removing firearms from the streets and arresting those in possession; however, he stressed that the public’s help is needed to expose illegal ports of entry and firearms distributors.

According to Mr Collins in a press release today, October 27, 2022, over 75 firearms and close to 2,100 rounds of ammunition was seized in the last year alone.

According to Mr Mark Collins in a press release today, October 27, 2022, over 75 firearms and close to 2,100 rounds of ammunition was seized in the last year alone.


75 firearms & close to 2,100 recovered in 2021


The Commissioner made this observation in light of the shooting last Friday that claimed the lives of two and injured another two.

“This past year alone we seized an excessive number of firearms, many of those are high-powered weapons. All the individuals found in possession of these weapons were arrested. It is, therefore, obvious that these weapons continue to be brought in, not necessarily through our ports of entry but illegal ports and put in the hands of persons who have and will recklessly endanger lives. We can only win this battle if we work together. Our safety and our way of life depends on it,” he said.

Mr Collins noted that just over a month ago, a semi-automatic assault rifle, a Glock pistol and an imitation firearm were confiscated following a series of search warrants carried out on premises in Baughers Bay, Purcell Estate and Great Mountain.

The Commissioner is making an appeal again for persons to come forward and share any information that could stem the tide of firearms entering the Territory.

Persons with information can contact the Intelligence Unit directly at 368-9339.

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