Friday 14 August, 2020

SSU deployed to Soufriere amid gun violence

Acting Commissioner of Police Milton Desir says additional officers attached to the Special Services Unit (SSU) have been sent to Soufriere following what appears to be an increase in gun violence between gangs in the community.

"There will be a dedicated team of SSU officers dispatched in the coming weeks to Soufriere until the situation is under control," the top cop told reporters Thursday.

Over the past couple of weeks, several individuals have been hospitalized as a result of gun violence in Soufriere, leaving residents and the parliamentary representative scrambling to find a solution to end the violence.

"We have since arrested and charged two individuals in connection with these incidents, however, we have since increased our patrols."

Desir said once there is an increase in crime, normally additional resources are put in place in the affected area.

"I want to assure the residents of Soufriere that we will be dealing with the incidents head-on and that is why two persons have been arrested and charged."

He warned that possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition is a serious offence and the police will be doing all they can to find them and get them off the streets.

Desir expressed concern over the proliferation of illegal firearms on the island, the majority of which has been credited to several incidents of gun violence across the island.

"It is always a concern as it relates to persons having unlicensed firearms and ammunition and this we are targeting at various angles. Whenever we have the intel we would be acting upon it and let me inform persons that being in possession of an unlawful firearm is a serious offence and we would be doing all within our powers to ensure that we find those firearms and get them off the streets," Desir said.

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