First-level training session in Firearms trafficking investigations on the Surface Web and the Dark Net

In the framework of project SIRAS – Strengthening the fight against firearms trafficking in Southeastern Europe, SELEC organized during 11-15 March 2019 at the SELEC Training Center in Bucharest a first-level training session in Firearms trafficking investigations on the Surface Web and the Dark Net.

The training session, which was opened on 11 March by Mr. Valentin NICULESCU, Director for Operations of SELEC, was attended by experts in tackling firearms trafficking from the national Police forces of the SELEC Member States. The course took place in the training room that was duly set up under the same Project SIRAS, taking advantage of the equipment procured for this purpose.

The training included mainly computer-based practical exercises and scenarios, as well as theoretical notions, covering general knowledge of the Internet, social media, computers, dark markets, virtual currencies and undercover investigations, but also more advanced aspects such as techniques and methods of accessing the Dark Net, OSINT tools, following/seizing virtual currency, a/o.

The first-level training sessions (11-15 March and 8-12 April) will be followed by a second-level training session (10-14 June), designed as an advanced module which will build upon the achievements of the previous sessions.

During the training course the SELEC Associated Firearms Experts Network (SAFE-N) was presented, a network that is being created under Project SIRAS in order to provide a pool of experts and a platform for direct exchanges among professionals from various fields and environments related to firearms.

Project SIRAS aims at strengthening the capacities of the law enforcement agencies in South-East Europe in fighting firearms trafficking. The project envisages to support the use in the EU Member States and the SELEC Member Countries of data collection/analytic capabilities regarding firearms and to strengthen the investigation capacity, as well as joint investigations, police cooperation and standardization between law enforcement authorities in the region. 

Project SIRAS is co-funded by the Internal Security Fund of the European Union under the funding mechanism Home/2015/ISFP/AG/TDFX/400000735-Internal Security Fund, having as partners the General Inspectorate of the Romanian Police, SELEC, the Albanian State Police, the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Bulgarian General Directorate for Combating Organized Crime and the Italian Ministry of Interior.