Police and Customs officers take part in E-Trace Workshop

ZIZ News…Sept 20 2012 — The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force has taken another initiative to enhance its capability to investigate crimes that involves Fire Arms, Ammunition, and Explosives through the E-Trace workshop. Commissioner of Police, Mr C G Walwyn sought the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) through the United States of America, Embassy, State Department Division in Barbados.

The training is being facilitated by Olloie Mier, Caribbean Coordinator/Supervisory Special Agent, who is with the Agency for 25 years, and Niel Troppman, International Firearms Tracing Program, who is with the Agency for 16 years.

The training was scheduled for three (3) days from Tuesday 18 to Thursday 20 September 2012. There were 12 participants who represented the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, and HM Customs Department.

E-Trace is the Electronic tracing of Firearms which provide the trainees with the skills and capabilities for Firearms Identification, safety, investigative techniques and firearm trace. To be selected for E-Trace training the selected officers had to undertake two (2) phases; The First phase is vetting and second phase is training (workshop).

The overall purpose of E-Trace Training is to reduce/stop violent crimes, and reduce/stop the flow of illegal firearms into the Federation.

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