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SKN law enforcement officers receive training on how to destroy firearms and ammunition

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by Eulana Weekes

St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): On May 20, 2024, 17 law enforcement officers from St. Kitts and Nevis were focused on building the capacity to destroy arms and ammunition with support from the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament, and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC).

The United States-funded training was held at Camp Springfield. The cohort comprised nine officers of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force and eight St. Kitts and Nevis Defence Force soldiers. The course facilitators were Mr Matthew Murray; Technical Advisor at UNLIREC, Ms Afifa Habbassi; and UNLIREC Project Advisor Ms Fayola Fraser.

The Defence Force in a post said, “The information imparted to our law enforcement personnel will serve to strengthen our efforts in the fight against illegal firearms and gun violence.”

The St. Kitts and Nevis Defence Force said “the periodic destruction of weapons is the most effective way to prevent diversion.”

UNLIREC also mentioned, “The diversion and illicit trafficking of conventional ammunition plays a fundamental role in initiating, facilitating and feeding armed conflict, violence, crime and terrorism.”

The SKN officer’s training fell in line with a recent meeting in Lima Peru. on May 20 and 21, 2024, where the countries within Latin America and the Caribbean met to analyse the 15 objectives of the UN Global Framework on Ammunition.

The representatives of the state “identified regional priorities, needs, as well as region-specific challenges and opportunities” aimed at translating commitments under the Global Framework into action.

“The objectives include measures to promote the sustainability, safety and protection of conventional ammunition management throughout its service life, from manufacturing to final disposal,” UNLIREC declared.

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