Evanston police today said the department’s four-month old violence-reduction strategy has led to the recovery of 41 firearms.

Twenty-five of those were nabbed by two members of the Neighborhood Enforcement Team and Tactical Unit who were assigned to focus completely on recovering guns. Officers in other units recovered an additional 16 guns.

Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says the campaign has also involved having members of the problem-solving and foot patrol units meet with residents at homes, businesses, schools, parks and places of worship.

Dugan says the officers targeted their outreach efforts based on maps that show which parts of town have had the most shots-fired calls.

He says the same strategy will continue this year, along with other efforts, including a gun buyback program that offers $100 to reisdents who turn in an unwanted firearm.

For more information on the buyback program call 311 or the police non-emergency number, 847-866-5000.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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