POLICE Minister Jack Dempsey, Commissioner Ian Stewart and Crime Stoppers Queensland CEO Trevor O'Hara launched Operation Unification - get illegal guns off our streets yesterday.

The campaign is a partnership between the Queensland Government, Queensland Police Service and Crime Stoppers alongside every other state and territory to get illegal guns off the streets.

Commissioner Ian Stewart said that this type of operation highlights the important partnership between police, the government and Crime Stoppers to tackle the issue of illicit firearms.

"Your information is vital - call anonymously through Crime Stoppers and get illicit firearms off Queensland's streets," Commissioner Stewart said.

"The intelligence gathered from the people calling Crime Stoppers can be used by police to assist in tackling the problem of illicit firearms and associated criminal activity.

"It will help to build better, more sophisticated and connected firearm-related intelligence and will help ensure police can investigate, detect and disrupt serious firearm offences and combat crimes."

Police Minister Jack Dempsey said that the government was committed to Queensland being the safest place to live and raise a family and we're encouraging everyone to help us by being part of Operation Unification.

Crime Stoppers Queensland CEO Trevor O'Hara said that Queensland united last year to provide an unprecedented level of information.

"Illegal firearms can end up in the wrong hands and Queenslanders have previously demonstrated their willingness to share anonymous information with our community program in order to help protect our way of life," Trevor O'Hara said.

"During the last campaign firearm reports increased by seven times the historical daily average, showing Queenslanders are prepared to unite for a safer community."



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