The United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) together with Arquebus has completed the delivery of six Double Casting training courses and provided the necessary equipment for Double Casting in the Caribbean region. Georgetown, Guyana was the sixth and final Double Casting training course delivered by UNLIREC and Arquebus’ Double Casting specialist, Connor Patmore. Four similar courses were delivered to national authorities in Bahamas, Barbados, Belize and Trinidad and Tobago as well as a sub-regional workshop to participants from Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Double Casting increases the capability of national authorities to establish connections between firearms crimes nationally, regionally and internationally. The training built capacity in the region to create microscopic quality detailed plastic resin replicas of projectiles and cartridge cases from silicone moulds made from original pieces of evidence that can be peer reviewed and uploaded to a Ballistics Identification Network, such as the Integrated Ballistics Identification System (IBIS) and Interpol Ballistics Information Network (IBIN), or shared across jurisdictions for comparison in lieu of the original piece of evidence without effecting the chain of custody.
The equipment supplied for the training as well as consumables to conduct further Double Casting of projectiles and cartridge cases were handed over to each of the beneficiaries on completion of the training. The sub-regional beneficiaries will also receive Double Casting kits that have now been shipped to each of their jurisdictions.
The training package that Arquebus provided includes continued support to all of the participants to ensure the Double Casting process continues to be carried out successfully as well as being able to support them with re-supplies of consumables and help with any technical queries.
The Double Casting training is part of UNLIREC’s Caribbean Operational Forensic Ballistics Assistance Package, which is made possible thanks to the support of the US Department of State and the Government of Canada.