A number of Guns that have been stashed away in the armory of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) for almost 30 years have been destroyed.
The guns numbering 141 were destroyed Monday by members of the Special Services Unit (SSU) at their compound at Camp Salines in St. George’s and supervised by Members of the United Nations (UN) Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Officer in charge of the SSU, Superintendent Jessmon Prince told members of the media that among the weapons destroyed were some deemed to be obsolete.
The list of destroyed guns include submarines, nine millimeters, short guns, rifles, 12 gauge, and a few .22, and .38 pistols.
According to Supt. Prince although Grenada does not experience a high rate of gun violence the fact of the matter is there were a few incidents where guns have been involved.
He said the stockpile is due mainly to the fact that the guns in the possession of the SSU were accumulated from since 1985.
He stated that he was fully satisfied with the manner in which the guns are stored at the unit.
Supt. Prince pointed out the guns, which are classified as exhibits for case in local courts were often kept in a safe environment, and every time an inventory is done they are checked to ensure that they are accounted for.
The guns were destroyed by a hydraulic shears ensuring that they are permanently eradicated.
The system used was made possible by the UN Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development..
The UN Project Advisor, Quinnelle Kangalee who also spoke to the media at the gun eradication ceremony said that at the time when the shears was delivered last year, they had a similar event of gun destruction at which just over 260 weapons were destroyed.
Some members of the local para-military outfit were certified by the UN so that they would be able to continue doing ammunition destruction, and later weapon destruction.
The certification is for the SSU Officers to enable them to have the capacity to continue destroying illegal weapons.
The UN Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development specialises in assisting countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to effectively combat the illicit trafficking in firearms and explosives.
The organisation also trains security personnel, prosecutors and legislators in effective ways of implementing small arms control measures.