Success of the Special Operations Branch

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Since its formation almost a year ago, the Specialized Operations Branch
(SOB) has made significant strides in the apprehension of top-tier criminals, the seizure of illegal
weapons and the overall reduction in crime across the island.

According to Superintendent Howard Chambers, the officer in charge of operations and training at
the Branch, the operations in the past year have targeted 40 of the nation’s deadliest gangs, many
of which have been seriously impacted due to intelligence-led operations. These operations
yielded:
 The seizure of 52 firearms—six of which were high-powered rifles
 The seizure of 1152 assorted rounds of ammunition
 The arrest of 256 persons, 76 of whom were wanted for various crimes and eight others
who were considered high-value targets

“We are confident that with continuous collaboration with internal and external stakeholders and
infusing of critical resources in the intelligence unit by extension the JCF will ultimately
dismantle these gangs,” the officer remarked at a recent walk-through of the Branch’s upgraded
facilities at Harman Barracks on Tuesday, August 4.

The public is being encouraged to assist the police in dismantling dangerous gangs by reporting
crime or any suspicious activities to the Police 119 emergency number, Crime Stop at 311 or the
nearest police station.

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