Trinidad and Tobago: Police begin electronic tracing of guns

Police in Trinidad and Tobago have begun electronic tracing of guns in the country, in partnership with the UN Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UN-LiREC). Guns recovered from crime scenes are now being registered in a new database with details that can help trace the gun, such as serial number, make and model. The data is shared with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in the US so that they may identify the origin of each gun and whether it has been used in crimes internationally. Police officers said this could support criminal investigations by linking a suspect to a firearm recovered at a crime scene; help identify potential traffickers; and detect patterns in the sources and type of guns used in crime.