Moldovan Criminal Police Raise Their Capacities in Preventing Firearms Smuggling

SEESAC started a next phase in providing assistance and training to the Criminal Police of the Republic of Moldova by building their capacities for detection of firearms and practical implementation of the risk analysis methodology to counter trafficking and illicit possession of firearms.

These activities are enrooted in the Needs Assessment report developed by SEESAC’s experts at the request of the authorities of the Republic of Moldova. The report is a result of a detailed assessment of the authorities’ capacities, also conducted by the SEESAC’s experts in September last year.

In collaboration with the General Police Inspectorate of the Republic of Moldova, and based on the recommendations from the Needs Assessment, SEESAC conducted a training on detecting firearms and implementing the risk analysis methodology for the Criminal Police in Moldova on 4-7 April 2023.

The training focused on the latest routes and methods of smuggling, advanced techniques for detection and inspection, different forms of smuggling, and the specifics of smuggling weapons and explosive substances. Additionally, implementation of the risk analysis methodology to prevent the smuggling of weapons and explosive substances was thoroughly covered.

Besides the theoretical part, the training allowed a practical exercise in which participants got a chance to inspect different types of vehicles in search of firearms.

The training has been organised with the funding support of the European Union through its Council Decision 2022/2321 in support of SEESAC for the implementation of the Regional Roadmap on combating illicit arms trafficking in the Western Balkans.