SEESAC and FRONTEX Collaborate on Firearms Detection Training for Border Police and Customs Officials from Albania and Kosovo*

SEESAC and FRONTEX are continuing their efforts to support authorities in the Western Balkans in enhancing their capabilities in firearms detection. In this instance, representatives from the Border Police and Customs of Albania and Kosovo took part in a comprehensive Firearms Detection Course aimed at strengthening their understanding of methods employed in weapons trafficking. The course was conducted at the Training Centre of the Police Academy of the Ministry of Interior of Croatia in Zagreb, spanning from the 10 to the 14 July, 2023.

The Firearms Detection Course was developed based on FRONTEX's Handbook on Firearms for Border Guards and Customs, specifically tailored for the Western Balkans. This distinctive manual was created with substantial input from relevant authorities in the region. The course curriculum encompassed a combination of theoretical sessions and practical exercises, with a specific emphasis on firearms detection techniques.

By fostering awareness and knowledge, the course sought to enhance participants' expertise in detecting weapons. Training included instruction on the use of specialised equipment and the evaluation of risk indicators associated with potential firearms smugglers. Additionally, participants gained a deeper understanding of post-detection procedures, such as firearm identification, crucial components, additional parts, and explosives.

Previously, SEESAC and FRONTEX organised similar training for the representatives of Border Police and Customs from Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia.

The course was organised with the EU support provided through the EU Council Decision 2019/2111 in support of arms control activities in South East Europe and reinforces the commitment of Albania and Kosovo to combat trafficking and illicit possession of firearms.


* For the United Nations Development Programme, references to Kosovo shall be understood to be in the context of Security Council resolution 1244 (1999). For the European Union, this designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.