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Sudan Human Security Baseline Assessment. 2012 ‘Security Service Weapons - SSPS Procurement from Ukraine, Marking and Tracing.’ Reaching for the Gun: Arms Flows and Holdings in South Sudan; Sudan Issue Brief No. 19, p. 4. Geneva: Small Arms Survey. 1 April

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Security Service Weapons

The first known procurement of weapons destined for the police - a consignment of Russian-manufactured AKM assault rifles from Ukraine, ordered by the Ministry of the Interior(MoI) - arrived in 2010.[49] Of the 40,500 weapons delivered, 30,300 were destined for the police, with the remainder going to other official security forces.

Between November 2010 and May 2011 the force - with the support of the Nairobi-based Regional Centre on Small Arms and the South Sudan Bureau for Community Security and Small Arms Control (BCSSAC) - marked the rifles with codes corresponding to each state's police unit, and recorded them in a centralized database.[50]

The SSPS marked an additional 700 rifles that had been in storage at police posts throughout Central Equatoria state. The marking initiative allows the SSPS to better account for its weapons. Since it began, police rifles have been recovered from non-state actors, resulting in successful SSPS tracing investigations. Pending adequate funding, the BCSSAC and SSPS plan to conduct marking for other state-level police stocks.

Of the AKM rifles received from Ukraine, the SSPS has distributed 1,000 to each of the 10 state police headquarters. The MoI supplied 4,000 to the Wildlife Service, 4,000 to the Prison Service, 2,000 to the Fire Brigade, and another 200 to Customs (see Table 1). More than 20,000 remain stored at SSPS headquarters in Juba.[51]

[SSPS = South Sudan Police Service]

Sources cited:
49) Telephone interview with confidential source close to the SSPS, 12 December 2012.
50) Interview with SSPS Major Mading Majak, Juba, 8 November 2011. The US Depart- ment of State provided funding for the marking initiative.
51) Interview with SSPS Major Mading Majak, Juba, 8 November 2011.

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