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Friday, 26 October 2018

Regional training on physical security and stockpile management (PSSM) in Nairobi, Kenya

From 18 to 26 October 2018, BICC, in partnership with the Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA), the Multinational Small Arms and Ammunition Group (MSAG) and the International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) in Nairobi, has conducted a regional training on physical security and stockpile management (PSSM) of weapons, ammunition and explosives.

Participants of the Competence Building Seminar during a lecture. All Photos: BICC

This training, conducted on a biannual basis since 2013, was attended by 20 participants derived from police and military representatives of nine eastern African countries.  The participants also included five representatives of the Kenya Wildlife Services tasked with weapons and ammunition management.

The aim of the course was to systematically and sustainably train participants in order to develop a core group of PSSM Instructors with highly developed PSSM expertise to enable them to eventually qualify as Senior Instructors and conduct PSSM training activities without external help in the future. The training curriculum was based on a series of PSSM modules that have been developed by MSAG. The lectures included Risk Management, Ammunition Basics and Ammunition Marking, Storage, External and Internal Physical Security of Storage Sites or Stockpile Elimination. All modules were taught by PSSM Instructors being supervised by the six Senior Instructors. Besides the classroom based theoretical modules, practical exercises in and outside the classroom have been conducted.

After participation in the basic PSSM Competence Building Seminar, the three most successful and promising candidates were selected to participate in the next training session and will have the chance to participate in the Senior PSSM Instructor Candidate Course. Thanks to this train-the-trainer process, participants of this course have been trained entirely by qualified PSSM instructors drawn from RECSA member states with external partners mainly playing a mentorship and supporting role.

Participants of the Competence Building Seminar outside at a practical exercise