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February 10, 2014
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Cops work to rid Clarendon of illegal guns
Horace Fisher, Star Writer


Sergeant Dean Cover displays an imitation gun the clarendon police seized at a high school in the parish last year. - Horace Fisher

The Clarendon police is on a relentless drive to break the back of criminals operating in the parish and in 2013, 37 firearms, including high-powered assault weapons, were seized in various communities.

Head of Operations in the division, Superintendent Warren Turner, who was giving an update on the parish crime statistics recently at the Clarendon leg of the ministry of national security's Unite For Change campaign, said while murders and other serious crime saw an uptick last year, the division has put in a number of initiatives to arrest the parish's crime monster.

"We managed to significantly displaced a number of gangs operating in the parish, and have launched 11 police youth clubs in the preceding years, the most by a division," Supt Turner said.

He revealed that in the same period, just more than two kilograms of cocaine and 160 pounds of ganja were seize, and scores of persons arrested. The senior cop said since January, seven guns have been seized and murder is down by a whopping 50 per cent.

National Security Minister Peter Bunting, in fielding questions from the concerned community members about the proliferation of illegal guns in the parish, assured the citizenry that the security apparatus will continue to fight the illicit gun-for-drugs trade, and warned that the citizenry have a vested interest to work with law-enforcement authorities.

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