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US and Nine Caribbean Islands Sign Agreement to Help Trace Illegal Guns

Caribbean Net News

1 April 2009

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — Nine Caribbean islands on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a United States law enforcement agency which will greatly enhance their ability to track and fight firearms trafficking and illegal possession in the region…

[P]olice Commissioners and senior officers from Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Curacao, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis and St Vincent and the Grenadines initialed the document.

Deputy Assistant Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Julie Torres signed on behalf of the agency.

eTrace is a paperless firearm trace submission system that… provides the necessary utilities for submitting, retrieving, storing and querying firearms trace-related information and allowing for the systematic tracing of firearms recovered from crime scenes.

Analysis of firearms trace data can assist in the identification of firearms trafficking patterns and geographic profiling for criminal hot spots and possible sources of illicit firearms.

The MOU establishes conditions of the partnership between ATF and those countries regarding policy and procedures for the access and use of eTrace services made available to law enforcement agencies…

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