Calgary police join with RCMP to tackle city's gun violence

Calgary police are partnering with the RCMP to tackle the increase in gun violence and the source of weapons in the city.

Forces team up to track down sources of gun trafficking

Calgary police are hoping their work with the RCMP weapons team will help them find the source of guns in the city. (CBC )

The guns and gangs unit of the Calgary Police is hoping a new partnership with the RCMP's weapons team will help to reduce violence in the city.

 "They have a program, they've always had it, called NWEST which stands for National Weapons Enforcement Support Team. So we've brought that unit in to our unit to work a little more closely," said Staff Stg. Quinn Jacques of the Guns and Gangs Unit. 

The CPS says analysis shows about 30 per cent of the guns seized come from the U.S. It says the rest are likely taken during break and enters, specifically targeted for firearms.

"We've also looked at joining the RCMP in a western Canadian firearms trafficking group to look at the source of the guns," Jacques said.

So far this year there have been at least 91 shootings compared to 54 in all of last year.


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