Advancing the Capacities of the Ministry of Interior in the SALW-Control-Related Field, Phase II

The project to be implemented by UNDP Serbia starting with January 2021 represents the second phase of the project implemented though UNDP’s Funding Windows regional project. This second phase of the project will continue the work started during Phase I, aiming at improving the quality of investigations through valid forensic evidence. This will result in better evidence-based decision and argumentation of the Prosecutor, which will contribute to overall fair legal proceedings and merit penalties from the justice system for the perpetrators of criminal offenses. The project will thus support reducing the number of cases of arms trafficking and criminality with weapons and explosives, and creating an even safer environment for all the people in Serbia.

Specifically, the project will focus on further strengthening the capacities of the crime investigation units and the ballistic laboratories throughout Serbia on their way to accreditation. In addition to the firearms examinations, this phase of the project will also include investigations of arson and explosion accidents, strengthening the capacities of the new Unit for arson, explosion and accident investigation and improving overall capacities for explosion/explosive investigation. Finally, the project will also include the development of the new Weapon Registry System through provision of equipment and training.

Budget: US$1,429,520

Implementing period: January 2021 – June 2023