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Gun amnesty set to begin in June

Preparations are underway for the formal launch of Cayman’s first gun amnesty in almost a decade. It’s set to commence in June and RCIPS Media Officer Jodi Ann Powery said all three islands would be included.

“The entire island is being incorporated in this gun amnesty, no district or area is being left out. Everyone is being included and we are asking for the support of the public,” said Mrs. Powerey.

Back in 2010, the RCIPS held a gun amnesty programme and over 26 weapons and over 200 rounds of ammunition were handed in. It was held in conjunction with other organisations, but this time around the RCIPS is taking the lead.

“In previous years, the gun amnesty is an initiative that was brought on by the community that ran with the partnership and approval of the police,” said Mrs. Powerey

At a last month’s police press conference Police Commissioner David Byrne said the gun amnesty programme is expected to run for 3 months, but Mrs. Powerey said at the moment its only slated for the month of June.

“There is a possibility of subsequent change but as so far as we can see it will be running for the entire month of June,” she said.

In the 2010 collection, the RCIPS also recovered bows and arrows, pepper spray flare guns and even explosive material and a detonator.

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