UNODC Global Firearms Programme Training on investigation and prosecution of firearms trafficking and related offences in Trinidad and Tobago
On 4-7 April 2021, as part of the project “Supporting the implementation of the crime prevention and criminal justice component of the Caribbean Firearms Roadmap”, the UNODC Global Firearms Programme, in cooperation with CARICOM IMPACS, delivered a training on investigation and prosecution of firearms trafficking and related offences in Trinidad and Tobago. The training gathered 26 practitioners from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Attorney General’s Office, the Judiciary and the Strategic Services Agency.
UNODC international and local experts contributed to the training, providing practical skills to counter illicit firearms trafficking, including intelligence gathering, tracing procedures, special investigation techniques, joint investigation teams, international judicial cooperation, as well as the national and international legal framework on firearms. The training combined lectures with group discussions and practical exercises, which encouraged inter-institutional cooperation and information sharing in the fight against illicit firearms trafficking.
The activity was part of the project “Supporting the implementation of the crime prevention and criminal justice component of the Caribbean Firearms Roadmap”, aimed to prevent and counter illicit manufacturing of and trafficking in firearms and their links to transnational organised crime and other serious crimes, and ultimately to address the scourges of armed violence in the region by:
- Enhanced capacity of criminal justice system to counter illicit proliferation and misuse of firearms in the context of the Caribbean Roadmap and reinforce legislative and regulatory frameworks to comply with international and regional instruments
- Enhanced capacity of criminal justice institutions and border management services to detect, investigate, prosecute, and adjudicate illicit firearms trafficking cases and related offences, and to engage in effective law enforcement and judicial cooperation for that purpose.
- Promote effective international cooperation and sharing of information and good practices among firearms and organised crime practitioners on the prevention and combat of firearms trafficking and related crimes, through regular contacts and use of specialised cooperation networks and platforms.
- Monitoring illicit trafficking flows through enhanced periodic data collection and analysis on firearms and related matters.