Richmond County hopes to reduce gun violence during summer months

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is implementing several initiatives with hopes of reducing gun violence.

 

The initiatives, which began e last week, will continue throughout the summer, according to Richmond County Lt. Allan Rollins.

“Many of these initiatives are focusing on gun violence in our community and are in maintaining our promise to the community to keep it safe and secure,” Rollins said. “Other programs will focus on safe driving and checkpoints to ensure safe, licensed and insured motorists. Many of these checkpoints will be in troubled neighborhoods rather than on open highways, as in the past.”

According to the sheriff’s office, their “gun crime reduction” initiative will focus on drug enforcement operations, street crime operations and proactive community contacts.

“While we do not want to discuss specifics of the different techniques, we do want the community to understand the emphasis is on reducing crime and focusing on the criminals who are illegally carrying firearms in our community,” Rollins said. “Gun violence cannot be tolerated and we are reaching out to our community for their support. Please call the sheriff’s office when someone is illegally carrying a firearm and call us when you see a violent encounter among our citizens. A phone call can save a life.”

Residents can call the sheriff’s office at (706) 821-1010 if they spot someone with an illegal firearm.

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Reach Doug Stutsman at (706) 823-3341 or doug.stutsman@augustachronicle.com.

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