The Cape Breton Regional Police Service is one of 16 members of the National Weapons Enforcement Support Team (NWEST) – a Unit that provides firearms and weapons support to police agencies, through the RCMP.
NWEST is made up of 30 firearms enforcement support officers from federal, provincial and municipal police forces across Canada, including one officer from the CBRPS.
The main goal of NWEST is to maintain safe communities, by removing firearms and educating the public. NWEST officers are involved in identifying and tracing firearms, verifying certificates and licenses, assisting in search warrants and firearms-related investigations, recommending charges, and testifying in court to provide expert advice on firearms-related issues.
With the support of NWEST, the CBRPS has dealt with over 300 firearms in the CBRM. In April 2010, the CBRPS participated in a province-wide gun amnesty, working in partnership with the RCMP and Nova Scotia’s other police agencies, supported by NWEST; in Cape Breton, a total of 76 firearms, 1 cross bow and several hundred rounds of ammunition were seized over a one-month period.
Please visit the NWEST website for more information.