The Arquebus team is delighted to receive a printed copy of Project FOCAL-SF, in which Arquebus delivered studies on the Firearms Focal Points of Albania, Belgium, The Netherlands and the UK, in addition to a study-wide comparison table with findings.

Following on from the findings of the 2020 Serious Organised Crime Threat Assessment, FOCAL-SF was an EU Home Affairs project funded by the Internal Security Fund (Police).

The main priority of the FOCAL-SF Project is to improve “…operational cooperation between EU Member States or EU Member States and third countries located along firearms trafficking routes to and from the EU, such as East and Southeast Europe and Middle East and North Africa Countries (MENA), notably by supporting joint initiatives on knowledge, detection, investigation and prosecution of firearms trafficking.”

The project was coordinated by Fundación Internacional y para Iberoamérica de Administración y Políticas Públicas. F.S.P., (FIIAPP) in partnership with:

  • Ministério da Administração Interna, Polícia de Segurança Pública (PSP), Weapons and Explosives Department, from Portugal.
  • Ministerio del Interior, Guardia Civil, Central Division Firearms and Explosives from Spain.
  • Inspectoratul Gereral al Politiei Romane, Directia Arme, Explozivi si Substante Periculoase Politiei Romane from Romania.

The study provides an outline of the National Firearms Focal Point (NFFP) concept, its basis in international and EU contexts, an overview of the national legal environment in which it is to be established, and associated assessments within each target jurisdiction.

Our proven track record of supporting research-based projects such as EFFECT, SAFTE, TARGET, and the ongoing Project REGISYNC demonstrates our ability to handle complex projects in isolation, or in support of partners. If you are looking to develop or deliver a research-based project or programme within Small Arms & Light Weapons, please do not hesitate to get in touch to see how we can assist you.

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Firearms are durable and modular goods, which circulate in both civilian and state possession. Firearms can also easily be disassembled and re-assembled, can lie dormant for years before being misused, and are frequently smuggled and trafficked across international borders. Without accountability throughout the lifecycle of a firearm, or an accurate understanding of the firearms in circulation within a jurisdiction, other crucial elements of WAM such as marking, tracing and profiling, stockpile management and the collection and destruction of firearms are swiflty undermined. Understanding these challenges, Arquebus maintains that a crucial tool for sustained and expansive progress in minimising the impact of SALW misuse upon human security is an effective national firearms registry.

Project FOCAL-SF Published

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The Arquebus team is delighted to receive a printed copy of Project FOCAL-SF, in which Arquebus delivered studies on the Firearms Focal Points of Albania, Belgium, The Netherlands and the UK, in addition to a study-wide comparison table with findings.

Learning From Experience: Firearms Proliferation in Ukraine

One of the major international security implications arising from the conflict in Ukraine is how to manage the long-term threat posed by the proliferation of huge numbers of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW). Arquebus CEO Paul James discusses the parallels to his experience tackling firearms crime in the Western Balkans, making a call to action for a proactive security response.

CEO Paul James on BBC Radio 4 – Liverpool Shooting Police Investigation

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Arquebus CEO Paul James was interviewed by Evan Davis on the BBC Radio 4 Programme, PM, providing his insight on the tragic fatal shooting of 9-year old Olivia Pratt Korbel in Liverpool. Paul discusses several areas of the investigation as the police attempt to identify the gunman and use the ballistics forensics to support the investigation.

DOUBLE CASTING TRAINING IN TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

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Between the 8th and 10th of August 2022, Arquebus delivered Double Casting equipment and a 3-day training course to the Trinidad & Tobago Police Service (TTPS) at the Police Training Academy and the Forensic Science Centre located within Port of Spain, Trinidad.

FIREARMS FOCAL POINTS – EUROPE’S SILVER BULLET?

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The criminal misuse of SALW has become increasingly understood as a threat to collective security, with the illicit proliferation of SALW being recognised as a significant enabler for other criminal activities such as drug trafficking, whilst also engendering a perception of general insecurity which undermines public confidence in national authorities’ ability to secure populations (SOCTA, 2021).