UNMAS & MINUSTAH use ISACS to build capacity of police in Haiti


"in 2014, as part of its police development plan, MINUSTAH [the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti] asked UNMAS [the UN Mine Action Service] to support a pilot project on weapons and ammunition management in support of the Haitian National Police (HNP).

The project was designed to increase technical efficiency and to implement international ammunition and weapons management standards. Disposing of obsolete ammunition and unregistered weapons and providing secure, safe and well organized storage facilities lessens the likelihood of accidental explosions and the illicit circulation of arms.

The four-month project included supplying the equipment and training for the destruction of unwanted weapons and unsafe ammunition; assessing the storage facilities around the country; training HNP officers on small arms control standards; and rehabilitating or constructing three armouries that meet international standards. The three armouries at the HNP Academy, the HNP SWAT installation and at the National Palace Presidential Security Unit offices were completed and handed-over in August. […]

MINUSTAH with the assistance of UNMAS is looking at providing additional improvements to storage facilities, additional training in firearms safety, armoury management, accountability measures, weapons and ammunition destruction and explosive ordnance disposal."