UNLIREC carries out Ballistics Intelligence Assessment and Firearm Examiner Training with the Royal Bahamas Police Force

 Firearm Technicians Reviewing Mock Case Work

the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), in collaboration with the Government of the Bahamas, continued its ongoing in-situ field training for firearm technicians and conducted an assessment of the current practices in the Bahamas related to crime gun intelligence management, or ‘ballistics’ intelligence.

Phase 3 of UNLIREC’s Combatting Illicit Firearms and Ammunition Trafficking in the Caribbean through Operational Forensic Ballistics, seeks to provide States with more in-depth forensic ballistic training. In the case of the Bahamas, six firearms technicians of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) Scientific Support Services, Firearms Section are participating in an 11 month training programme which, upon successful completion, would lead to them becoming firearm examiners/ reporting officers within the framework of the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

During this two-week field visit a written and practical assessment was administered. These assessments sought to evaluate knowledge gained and identify areas in which additional training is needed. Participants were assessed with respect to their ability to examine fired ammunition components, determine appropriate class characteristics, perform comparative analysis of selected bullets and cartridge cases as well as their ability to reliably make common and different source determinations.

UNLIREC also held fact-finding meetings with a cross section of RBPF personnel from the Scientific, Investigative, Intelligence, Planning and Prosecution Sections to identify and discuss existing gaps in the management of the lifecycle of an illicit firearm, from the moment it is confiscated or obtained at the crime scene to the moment it appears in court and ultimately its destruction. Current practices in the Bahamas related to crime gun intelligence management, or ‘ballistics’ intelligence were discussed in preparation for a forthcoming Inter-Institutional Roundtable on enhancing Firearm related investigations.

This current assistance is made possible thanks to the support of the government of the United States of America.

UNLIREC, as the regional organ of the UN Office for Disarmament, seeks to advance the cause of practical disarmament in Latin America and the Caribbean as part of its commitment to support Member States in their implementation of international disarmament and non-proliferation instruments, in particular, the 2001 UN Programme of Action on Small Arms.