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Julia Fernández Arribas
29th July 2021
Employment & Immigration Human Rights

Frontex drafts Handbook on Firearms for Border Guards and Customs Officers

The European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) has drafted a Handbook on Firearms for Border Guards and Customs Officers. It aims to help national border guard and customs authorities to fight arms-related crime.

The handbook provides information on firearms trafficking, tactics and equipment to be used during border checks, as well as information related to firearms, their parts and ammunition and associated documentation. It was developed under the umbrella of the European Multidisciplinary Platform against Criminal Threats (EMPACT), which brings together national police and law enforcement authorities, European agencies and international organisations in strengthening Europe’s borders and internal security.

The handbook was developed by Frontex in cooperation with the border guard and customs community, as well as EU and international patterns. The initiative was supported by the Commission and co-led by the European Firearms Expert Group, Poland, Slovenia and Romania. Other organisations, such as Customs Cooperation Working Party, Europol, Cepol, Interpol, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, World Customs Organisation, OSCE, SEESAC and the EU’s Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine, also supported the creation of the handbook.

Read Frontex’s press release here.


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