INTERPOL National iARMS Training Course for Ecuador
On 12-13 December 2018, INTERPOL organized a national iARMS Training Course for Ecuador. The training was attended by 27 officials from various agencies, including: the office of the prosecution, the firearms unit, the intelligence agency, the homicide unit, and the the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB). The objectives of this training were to train law enforcement officers on the use of the iARMS database. Through the training we aimed at encouraging officers to upload all lost and stolen firearms records into iARMS as well as to trace all recovered firearms.
Funded by the European Union, the INTERPOL Illicit Arms Records and tracing Management System (iARMS) is a platform that facilitates information exchange and investigative cooperation between law enforcement agencies in relation to the international movement of illicit firearms. Countries are encouraged to upload records of lost and stolen firearms in iARMS. Consequently, in the case of a recovered firearm, the database is queried and the country can identify when and where the firearm was diverted into illegal possession.
Shall the query not generate a positive result, the user can send a request to the country of manufacture, country of last legal import (if marked on the firearm) and to any country that may be connected to the case.