212 guns taken off the streets in Providence this year, police say

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Providence police discussed crime statistics through the summer and policing initiatives at a briefing on Wednesday.

Mayor Jorge Elorza said that 212 guns have been taken off the streets so far in 2022. In their mid-year report in July, the police department said over 200 guns were expected to be seized by the end of the year.

This year, police have recovered over 20 illegal ghost guns, which can be turned into automatic weapons, said Col. Hugh Clements.

The mayor listed crime statistics, and said that there has been a sharp 35% decrease in crime this summer.

Elorza also added that this year is the second lowest number of shooting victims and the lowest number of homicides going back to 1972.

“Exactly 50 years, we have not been this low in terms of homicides in such a long time,” said Elorza. “It takes an entire village to make this happen.”

The mayor said there will be 23 license plate reading cameras ready to go live Thursday, in an effort to combat crime.

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