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Police Recover 36 Illegal Guns So Far For 2006

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Thursday, March 30, 2006 - The Royal St. Lucia Police Force has so far recovered 36 illegal firearms during the first quarter of this year.

The police force last year reported having recovered some 203 illegal firearms through the Programme for the Recovery of Illegal Weapons.

The programme, which rewards informants for information leading to the successful recovery of illegal guns, was initiated by the Prime Minister in the latter part of 2004.

The police report that as a result of the reward programme, hundreds of illegal firearms have been taken off the streets and out of the hands of unlicensed individuals, which could otherwise have been used for criminal or illegal purposes.

The 36 illegal firearms recovered so far this year are being described by the police as proof that the programme continues to be effective, more than a year after it was first introduced.

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