Caribbean armorers receive weapons management training

The United National Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean partnered with the government of Trinidad and Tobago to provide an armory management course from Nov. 4 to 15.

The course was the second held in Trinidad and Tobago by UNLIREC at the newly inaugurated Caribbean Regional Armoury Management Training Centre.

Security sector officials from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahamas, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago received training to manage, store, secure, inspect, maintain, repair and destroy small arms and munitions in compliance with internationally-accepted norms.

Teachers for the course were armorers who completed the course previously, with the intent that students of the course would return to their respective countries and share what they learned. The trained officials would ensure each region had a group of professionals responsible for weapons storage, management and accountability, which would reduce the risk of weapons proliferation.

"The armory management course is a truly beneficial program that enhances our skills and competencies as armorers and will enable us to give greater quality of service to the police and armed forces of the Caribbean," Samuel Morgan, the course valedictorian, said.

The UNLIREC Caribbean Firearms Assistance Package has trained more than 670 officials, and destroyed more than 40,000 weapons and 57 tons of ammunition.