A total of 180 obsolete firearms were destroyed in Dominica today (September 6) by the Dominica Police Force with technical support from the Organization of American States (OAS) Program of Assistance for the Control of Arms and Munitions (PACAM).
Additionally 26,543 items of ammunition of various calibers were destroyed during the exercise.
The operation was done under the supervision of PACAM technical advisors, who also certified that the process was executed in accordance with international standards.
It was part of an exercise by the OAS as it supports Member States in the destruction of weapons in order to contribute to the effective control of ammunition, firearms, explosives, and other related materials in the region.
To date, over 33,000 firearms and approximately 5.6 million units of small caliber ammunition have been destroyed in Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua with OAS assistance, the organization said.
Through the PACAM program, the OAS said, it seeks to strengthen national stockpile management and destruction capabilities by providing training, equipment and technical assistance.
Throughout its implementation, PACAM has received financial contributions from the Governments of Canada, the United States, Spain, and Italy.
The operation in Dominica was done with financial assistance from the Government of the United States.