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Firearms Response Unit

The Firearms Response Unit (FRU) of the RCIPS provides the Service’s armed response capability with 24-hour coverage.  Within the firearms unit, there is also a team deployed to planned police operations.  All firearms officers professionally and skillfully intervene and respond during incidents potentially involving firearms or other weapons, including the arrest of high-risk suspects.

FRU officers undergo continuous and rigorous training to ensure they meet the high standards of physical and psychological fitness their roles demand, and also maintain their skills and readiness to handle any situation as effectively and safely as possible.  Many FRU officers receive training in emergency medical care, maximizing their ability to save lives in any situation.  Their lifesaving efforts have been noted at the scenes of several deadly incidents.

The Unit is headed by an acting inspector, four acting sergeants and thirty-six constables.  FRU Officers regularly work with the Joint Marine Unit and DSCTF on intelligence-led operations to interdict the importation of drugs and firearms into the jurisdiction.  Another main priority of the Unit is to remove illegal firearms already on the islands, and they have contributed significantly to the total of twenty firearms seized by the RCIPS in 2017, the highest number seized to date.

Firearms Response Unit

Damenian Maxwell

A/ Police Inspector

Acting Police Inspector Damenian Maxwell is currently acting as the head of the Firearms Response Unit, operating from the Central Police Station.

Press Releases

UPDATE: Police Identify Victim in Seymour Drive Murder, 12 July

Just after 1:45AM today, 9 July, police and other emergency services were dispatched to a report of a shooting incident that took place at Vic's Bar on Seymour Drive, George Town.  It was reported that multiple persons at the location received gunshot wounds, with one man dying as a result.

12th July, 2021

Update: Police Respond to Firearm Incident in West Bay, 11 July

Police can confirm that just before 9:20PM on Saturday 10 July, armed officers were dispatched by the 9-1-1 Communication Centre, to the West Bay District, where reports were received of shots being fired. The officers are currently on scene and making checks in the West Bay area.

11th July, 2021
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