The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) delivered a Small Arms Identification Training for approximately 30 Bahamas Customs and RBPF officers from March 19-23 in Nassau. The training was funded by the ATF and was part of ongoing U.S.-Bahamian cooperative efforts to curb the flow of illegal firearms into The Bahamas.
The week-long program was designed to enhance attendees’ ability to recognize and detect concealed firearms and their parts. The interactive, peer-to-peer training was facilitated by a team of five U.S. experts from ATF. The visiting ATF team provided real-life examples and hands on training for the law enforcement officials. In addition, workshop participants received a variety of materials including checklists, firearms identification information, and visual training materials.
Dr. Penny Rechkemmer, Public Affairs Officer at U.S. Embassy Nassau attended the closing ceremony of the training alongside Customs Comptroller Dr. Geannine Moss and Acting Commissioner of Police Emrick Seymour.
In her remarks Dr. Rechkemmer noted, “We work together to combat the drug trade, the gun trade, and other transnational crimes that threaten the security in both our countries. Cross-training like the one held here this week not only invigorates our partnership, it also provides officers important skills and knowledge needed to make them more effective. ”
She also commented on the importance of training Customs and RBPF officers together. “(Customs) Comptroller Moss and Commissioner (of Police) Ferguson’s willingness to work together to tackle the issue of gun trafficking and partner with the U.S. law enforcement demonstrates their commitment to addressing this problem. It also is proof their tremendous leadership.”