Support for national campaign against gun crime and organised crime gangs

West Yorkshire Police is supporting a national campaign to “know the gun, know the law, know the consequences.”

Sunday, 7th March 2021, 8:00 am

Through the campaign The National Crime Agency (NCA) is warning young people: “You only get one shot in life – don’t blow it.”

And the Force is giving it’s backing to the national campaign to raise awareness amongst people interested in firearms or on the fringes of criminal gangs.

West Yorkshire Police continues to work with local partners and the public to tackle serious and organised crime in the county, through the Programme Precision strategy.

Detective Superintendent Carl Galvin leads Programme Precision
Detective Superintendent Carl Galvin leads Programme Precision

One of the principle aims of the strategy is reduce the threat of SOC within communities through targeted enforcement with partners and also targeted intervention and diversion.

The criminal use of firearms continues to be a Force priority and the seizing of illegally held Firearms is key element to mitigating the risk to the public from Firearms crime.

Detective Superintendent Carl Galvin leads Programme Precision said, “Illegal firearms are a significant threat to the communities we serve and as a Force we are doing everything possible to remove them from the streets and bring offenders to justice.

“Programme Precision is helping to make a significant difference but we cannot do this work alone. I want to urge people to consider the consequences of their actions in getting involved in gun crime in the first place.

“This is the main message of this national campaign – the importation, possession and supply of unlawful firearms within the UK is a substantial risk both to an individual who chooses to get involved and the wider community who become victims to offences associated with this type of crime.

“I would urge everyone, especially young people to ‘know the gun, know the law and know the consequence’ of illegal possession of firearms in West Yorkshire and the wider UK.”