Workshop on the Outreach of the Ballistic Laboratory to the Prosecutors successfully held in Skopje

On 28 March in Skopje, SEESAC supported the outreach sessions of ballistic experts from the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of North Macedonia to the Prosecution Office in support of firearms crime investigations.

This workshop is one in a series organized across the region, focusing on specific methods and techniques available in the ballistic laboratory. It offers valuable insights into the resources accessible to the Prosecution Office.

Physical evidence and information provided by the application of forensic methods are necessary for the effective investigation and prosecution of all offences involving the misuse of firearms, from domestic violence to serious crime, and this critical forensic evidence is obtained through expert examination, both at crime scenes and in ballistic laboratories.

Ballistic experts presented case studies, facilitating lively discussions and a dynamic exchange between experts and prosecutors who, each from their own perspective, shared the challenges of working with firearms-related crimes and made recommendations for the way forward, with the aim of ensuring stronger cases and better investigative processes.

The workshop was organised in the framework of the IPA Regional Project on Support for Enhancing the Fight against the Illicit Possession, Misuse and Trafficking of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) in the Western Balkans.