PSSM Capacities of Experts from Serbia’s MoI Enhanced

Feb 22, 2017

SEESAC is organizing a week-long course on Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) for 25 experts from the Ministry of Interior (MoI) of the Republic of Serbia from 20 – 24 February 2016 in Sabac, Serbia.

Funded by the Government of the United States – Department of State, Political – Military Affairs Bureau, Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement, the aim of the PSSM course is to increase the capacities of Serbia’s MoI practitioners who manage and safeguard SALW stockpiles and their ammunition. The course specifically focuses on security of stockpiles, with Serbian practitioners from MoI learning about the secure storage of armament and ammunition in accordance with the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS).

The course covers security regulations and plans, risk assessment, physical security and access control, personnel security and vetting, transportation and movement and inventory management. On the last day of the course, the participants will visit the MoI’s weapons and ammunition storage in Platicevo that has been refurbished with the joint funding provided by the European Union and the Government of the United States. The visit serves as a practical example of application of security standards and requirements in securing the stockpiles.

The course is implemented as part of activities funded by the Government of United States that included the security upgrade of the Platicevo storage facility. The upgrades enhanced the security of the Platicevo SALW and ammunition storage location, leading to more efficient management of stockpiles and contributing to a holistic approach to SALW control.

Promoting just, peaceful, and inclusive societies is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) adopted by the United Nations at the Sustainable Development Summit held in New York in September 2015 and which the UN members have determined to achieve by 2030. This week’s training is a contribution to achievement of SDG 16, which aims to significantly reduce all forms of violence, and work with governments and communities to find lasting solutions to conflict and insecurity.