Utilizing the Electronic Tracing System known as eTrace, police officials have indicated that since the system became operational here in 2012, it has proven useful and has led to a number of arrests at home and abroad.
Commissioner of Police, CG Walwyn while speaking to the issue confirmed that the eTrace has been very beneficial here in the Federation. He said 100% of guns found and or seized in St. Kitts and Nevis are entered into the system. Walwyn added that to date, investigations are being conducted in the United States of America because of weapons confiscated here. “That means the people who send the guns here are facing the possibility of going to federal prison in America,” stated the Commissioner.
A recent report indicated that eighteen illegal firearms seized by security forces in 2013, have been traced using the database accessed by law enforcement in more than 30 countries outside of the United States. The system helps to determine a weapon’s past, including where it originated or if it was previously used to commit a crime.
eTrace is administered by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) – which is a law enforcement agency in the United States Department of Justice. To date, more than 4,400 U.S. law enforcement agencies and 34 foreign countries actively use eTrace in their investigative work.