United Nations and SUCAMEC join forces to combat illicit trafficking and possession of small arms in Trujillo

Trujillo,19 November 2014 – The UN System in Peru , under the Joint Programme on Human Security, and in close cooperation with the National Superintendence for the Control of Security Services, Arms, Ammunition and Explosives for Civilian Use (SUCAMEC), will carry out a Technical Workshop on the Illicit Trafficking of Small Arms and Ammunition and their Use as Evidence from 19 to 21 November in the Police Complex San Andres of the Criminal Investigation Division and the Judicial Support Department – CID.

The workshop is aimed at strengthening capacities of District authorities to combat illicit small arms trafficking and possession that causes undue harm in the communities of La Libertad and Trujillo. The United Nations will lead a specialized 3 day technical workshop that will address different topics and measures aimed at preventing and combating trafficking of small arms and ammunition and in this way contributing to a decrease of armed violence.

The workshop targets 35 participants from the Peruvian National Police, SUCAMEC and the Ministry of Public Affairs, who will receive training on topics such as classification of firearms and ammunition, modalities of illicit small arms trafficking, national regulations, and criminal and administrative procedures, as well as correct crime scene management and the chain of custody of evidence under the new penal processing code. The instructors include national and international experts at the UN (UNLIREC), SUCAMEC, PNP and the Judicial Investigation Body of Costa Rica.

Apart from transmitting technical knowledge on the issue of firearms and proper control measures, the workshop seeks to strengthen the coordination, communication and cooperation of professionals working in these areas with the aim of maximizing their individual and collective strengths to address crimes related to arms and ammunition. The workshop will include a theoretical part and a practical exercise in which the participants will apply the knowledge acquired during the training session.

The event is financed by the UN Joint Programme, which is made up of 5 different agencies. One of the agencies, United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) with its headquarters in Lima, is responsible for teaching this workshop and other activities on arms control within the framework of the Joint Programme.

For more information about the UN activities in Trujillo, please contact: James Shaw, Coordinate of the UN Joint Programme, “Strengthening Human Security and Community Resilience by Fostering Peaceful Coexistence in Peru”- Regional Headquarters of Identity of La Libertad—Plaza de Armas, Historic Centre, Trujillo- james.shaw@unodc.org

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