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Aug 18, 2015

Dismantling Criminal Firearms Trafficking Organizations

Seventy percent of the population of SICA member countries identify crime as the main threat to sustainable human development and one of the biggest contributors is the trafficking of illegal small and light weapons influenced by the extensive legal and illegal market for such weapons. To control firearms trafficking and reducing violence with a firearm the Central Program for Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (CASAC) was formed by the Central American governments. Since last week CASAC has been in Belize conducting specialized training with different local agencies, and those seminars continued today where Justices, Magistrates and law enforcement officers received training on how to dismantle criminal firearms trafficking organizations. We spoke with the Director of CASAC about the training.


Hefer Morataya

Hefer Morataya, Director, CASAC/SG-SICA [Translated]

“We have a total of thirty eight participants and we have a special manual for them to be using in this course. The course has duration of four days. It is practical and theory and we are teaching them how to manage scenes of crime scenario. We are going to make a visit to the Forensic Laboratory the Ballistic aspect so that they can see for themselves how we manage a scenes of crime and process it. We are also tendering our recommendations for reviews of whatever laws exists as far as it concerns the control of firearms and weapons. We are also giving them a technical specialization for the tracing of firearms and we are ready to continue giving them financial support also. We believe it is no secret that violence has infiltrated our region and we also know that seventy percent of all murders are committed with a firearm. We believe we are making a good contribution so that the officers can have better skills so that they can identify weapons that are being used through-out the region.”


This course is the culmination of a series of seminars carried out across Central America and Dominican Republic in the past few weeks.

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