Officials from the T&T Forensic Science Center (TTFSC) and the T&T Police Service received training to combat gun crime in Trinidad and Tobago.
The training was funded by the British High Commission in Port of Spain and delivered by the United Nations Regional Center for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC).
Twenty-two officials were trained to effectively sort casings recovered from crime scenes to prioritize uploading to the Integrated Ballistic Identification System (IBIS).
The training, a cartridge sorting course for firearms examiners, was delivered as part of the UK’s commitment to provide technical assistance to support the development of the T&T National Action Plan.
It is expected to strengthen the investigation and prosecution of gun crimes by generating new investigative leads and helping to connect crimes and criminals previously considered in isolation.
Another training session in the form of a webinar on March 14 saw the participation of 110 representatives from the judiciary, the Strategic Services Agency, the TTPS and others.
The training covered basic awareness of firearms identification, forensic firearms analysis, ballistics and evidentiary hearings, designed for magistrates, prosecutors, practitioners of law and investigators.
British High Commissioner Harriet Cross, National Security Minister Fitzgerald Hinds and UNLIREC Senior Adviser Jason Francis delivered keynote addresses at the launch of the Cartridge Sorting Course.
Commissioner Cross underlined the importance of training.
She said: “This is important work. The threat of firearms is a priority for the UK and we regularly work with international partners to disrupt the flow of illicit firearms trafficking.
The UK and Trinidad and Tobago have a strong security partnership. We are committed to working with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to support efforts to build capacity and resilience to deal with this threat.
The British High Commissioner commended T&T for the progress made on the national action plan and UNLIREC for its efforts across the region.