LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The Lynchburg Police Department (LPD) announced that on Dec. 8 they implemented a Violent Crime Response Team (VCRT). They say since then the VCRT has seized six illegal firearms and arrested 19 people.

Police say the VCRT is a group led by LPD officers who are sometimes assisted by Virginia State Police (VSP). The role of the team is to be proactive in policing efforts to address violent offenders and increase law enforcement presence in the city.