INTERPOL iARMS Regional Training Course for MENA Countries
On 29-30 August 2018, INTERPOL organized an iARMS Regional Training Course for MENA Countries. The iARMS team trained two representatives from each of the following countries: Morocco, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, Bahrain, Libya. The objective of this course was to train officials that would be using the iARMS database during the Operational phase of Operation Trigger IV and to mobilize them for the success of the operation. For the countries not participating in the Operation, the training served to enhance their use of iARMS on a daily basis.
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.