Police ‘playing catch-up’

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The guns are still coming.

Despite Government’s efforts to tighten security at the ports of entry, with new scanners and other state-of-the- art risk assessment customs software, Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith says that most of the guns, which wind up in the hands of criminals, are still getting through.

The commissioner explained that the pace at which guns have been coming into the country has outstripped their efforts to get them off the street.
He acknowledged that over the last two years there had been improvements in port security, especially at the Bridgetown Port, but charged that the intelligence garnered by the force revealed that guns were still slipping through.

Griffith disclosed that for the year thus far police have seized 79 guns, but not even this effort has been enough to put a dent in the number circulating and that was still a serious challenge to the force, currently grappling with a recent surge in robberies. (CLM)

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