Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
St. Paul Field Division
At The Frontline Against Violent Crime
For Immediate Release
April 25, 2009
ATF Hosts Inter-American Defense College During Atlanta Field Visit
International firearms trafficking, explosives issues among topics of discussion with Latin-American military and government officials
A delegation of Latin American officials recently visited ATF facilities in Atlanta as employees showcased ATF’s mission in countering violent crime and terrorism in the international arena. In April, approximately 90 participants of the Inter-American Defense College (IADC) were on hand, to include senior military and government officials from Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru and Uruguay. In an effort to enhance partnerships and facilitate the exchange of experience and expertise with foreign counterparts, participants discussed issues and ATF programs and initiatives related to international gun trafficking, explosives, post-blast investigation, arson, forensics and international response capabilities. The event included presentations and demonstrations from ATF National Headquarters officials along with special agents, explosives enforcement officers, canine handlers and forensic science laboratory personnel.
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