PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO — The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) and the ISACS Inter-Agency Support Unit — in cooperation with the Caribben Community Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS) — held the third regional training-of-trainers workshop on the ISACS Assessment Tool on 25-27 August 2014 at the new headquarters of CARICOM IMPACS in Port of Spain, Tinidad and Tobago.
The ISACS Assessment Tool facilitates the application of the International Small Arms Control Standards in the design, monitoring and evaluation of small arms control policies, programmes and practices.
The Executive Director of CARICOM IMPACS, Mr. Francis Forbes, formally opened the workshop, which was reported on widely in the Caribbean Media.
Sixteen policy, technical and law enforcement officers from the Caribbean region were trained on how to use the ISACS Assessment Tool and train others in its use. Twenty-five percent of participants were female. Participants came from Barbados, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago.
Participants were drawn from CARICOM IMPACS (including its Crime & Security Strategy Central Coordinating Unit and its Regional Intelligence Fusion Centre); the Government of Trinidad & Tobago — Ministry of National Security (Defence Force, Police Service & Strategic Services Agency) and Ministry of Justice (Forensic Science Centre) — and the Caribbean Coalition for Development & Reduction of Armed Violence, a regional civil society grouping.
The workshop focused on using the ISACS Assessment Tool to guide operational work on small arms control in the Caribbean region in areas such as conducting small arms surveys, stockpile management, marking and record keeping, and border controls and law enforcement cooperation.
At the end of the course, all participants were proficient users of the ISACS Assessment Tool and were equipped with the resources they need to train others, including government counterparts, on the use of the tool.
This was the third in a series of six regional training-of-trainers workshops that UNIDIR is organising during the second half of 2014 in cooperation with the ISACS Inter-Agency Support Unit. The first two regional workshops were held in Europe (22-24 July in Belgrade, Serbia, in partnership with UNDP/SEESAC) and Latin America (19-20 August in Lima, Peru, in partnership with UNLIREC).
The remaining regional workshops will take place in East Africa (22-24 September in Nairobi, Kenya, in partnership with IPSTC, RECSA and UNREC); West Africa (November 10-12 in Lomé, Togo, in partnership with UNREC); and Asia-Pacific (location and dates tbd, in partnership with UNRCPD).
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