RECSA prioritizes the capacity building of member states to enhance their capacity to secure and maintain their weapons and ammunitions, as obligated under the Nairobi Protocol.
One of the activities under this strategic intervention is the training of Security agents on the Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) of state owned arsenals. The PSSM training responds to the weak capacity among armed units to plan and implement arms management interventions.
The training modules empower participants on methodologies for ensuring that weapons will be operational when needed and that only authorized personnel will have access to them. It also builds capacity for responsible arms management to deter diversion and the risk of unintentional explosions.
On 30th January to 3rd February, 2017, RECSA conducted PSSM training for 40 officials of the Tanzania Police, with the financial support of the United States Government through the PM/WRA Bureau.
The training was facilitated by African Regional instructors led by the WRA-RECSA Grant Manager. The Instructors included two trainers from the Kenya Defense Forces, two from Rwanda Defense Forces and one from Uganda Peoples Defense Force.
While there were several “lecture” style presentations, the majority of learning was accomplished through “activity based learning”. The activity based learning leveraged the experiences of participants within the groups and enhanced understanding of the subject matter.
Certificates were issued to the participants at the end of the 5-day training session.
The meeting was graced by the presence of Regional Police Commander Mr. Charles Mkumbo (who represented the Inspector General of Police), the RECSA Executive Secretary Mr. Theoneste Mutsindashyaka and Mr. Dennis Hadrick from the US state department.