Police offer appointments to pick up guns

Police offer appointments to pick up guns

PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Police Department is now offering to pick up guns from residents who want to turn them over as part of the latest initiative to get them off the streets and reduce the opportunities for greater violence.

The new service is intended to help any resident who doesn’t have transportation, according to Chief Tina Goncalves. Anyone interested in this alternative to a July 10 gun buyback program at the Pawtucket police substation at 270 Armistice Blvd. can call the dispatch center between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. that day at 401-727-9100. They will be asked for their phone number and an officer working the gun buyback assignment will return the phone call to set up an appointment.

Police, working with City Councilor Elena Vasquez, are planning the gun buyback day from 8 a.m. to noon on July 10. The program at the substation is open only to city residents. Those turning over a gun must show proof that they are a Pawtucket resident by presenting either a driver’s license, state ID card, or current utility bill.

For every gun turned in, a Visa gift card will be issued, a $100 card for every rifle or shotgun, a $150 card for ever pistol, and a $200 gift card for every assault rifle.

Guns must be transported unloaded in the trunk of a vehicle. Guns carried by hand must be placed in a bag or box. Ammunition must be transported in a container separate from the gun.

There will be no payment for incomplete guns, but all gun-related parts and accessories will be accepted for destruction. There will be no payment for BB/pellet guns, but those guns will be accepted for destruction. There will be no payment for ammunition, but ammunition will also be accepted for destruction.

According to Goncalves, police are also running and working with other organizations on programs for youth and young adults. The department is partnering with the Nonviolence Institute on a summer employment program, a seven-week program merging nonviolence training while providing career-building opportunities.

The Nonviolence Institute is working with the city to provide holistic victim services combined with nonviolence training and mediation of violence in neighborhoods, said Goncalves in her update to the council. Streetworkers’ intervention is crucial, she said, as they are often a voice of reason in highly charged environments, resulting in preventing further retaliation and violence.

In the middle of May, the PPD’s bicycle patrol program was launched for the summer, enabling officers to be more present in Pawtucket neighborhoods.

The department also continues to work alongside Family Service of Rhode Island on the Pawtucket Police Go Team, pairing multilingual social workers with police to provide on-scene response to victims impacted by violence.

The Pawtucket Police Explorers Program for those age 14 to 20 will introduce participants to the world of law enforcement and cover many topics related to community policing. Objectives of the program include helping participants choose a career path within law enforcement and helping them become responsible members of the community.