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Thursday, February 10, 2005 - The Royal St. Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) continues to experience greater success in retrieving unlawful firearms. Thatís according to official recovery statistics provided by the police.
 

According to the figures, in 2002 the police recovered 14 firearms and in 2003 they recovered 16. But in 2004, the local lawmen recovered a total of 42 firearms.
 

The increase of over 100% in the number for 2004 is seen as a reflection of the continuing efforts of the police force to rid the streets of illegal guns.
 

It is also seen as a manifestation of the increasing success of the Governmentís programme of making a reward of $2,500 available to each person who provides information that leads to the successful recovery of an illegal firearm.
 

The Police report that the public has been increasingly cooperative on this issue, for which they are exceedingly grateful.
Meanwhile, for 2005 the police have already recovered five illegal guns.
 

The recovered weapons vary, but it appears that the favourite firearm of the criminal community is the 9mm pistol.
 

The police note that courts too, have been playing their part in ensuring that stiff sentences are meted out to those persons who have been caught with unlawful firearms.
 

Fines for possession of illegal firearms have ranged on conviction, from as low as $10,000 to as high as $50,000.



 


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