As part of its technical assistance to Trinidad and Tobago to strengthen the national implementation of resolution 1540 (2004), UNLIREC cooperated with INTERPOL and FBI experts to train law enforcement officials in the detection and handling of sensitive dual-use chemical materials and improvised explosives from 3-5 March 2015 in Port of Spain.
Four instructors provided theoretical and practical training on the identification of sensitive dual-use chemicals and detailed the threat that these could pose if non-state actors would get access. The training included detailed explanation of types of chemical compounds and materials, their possible illicit use, outreach to industry actors and practical exercises in ensuring the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and related materials. Participants from the Police, Defense, Customs and Excise, Port Authority, Special Forces and Fire Department participated in the three-day training.
Issues such as the importance of interagency collaboration for effective border control, dialogue and outreach with the industry, and control lists for dual-use chemicals in the context of preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and related materials to non-state actors were highlighted during the course.
UNLIREC will work with the government of Trinidad and Tobago and its partners to explore further training in this field for Caribbean States. .