Minister of State Yelich Views Canadian Forensic Technology in Honduras

January 25, 2014 - Tegucigalpa, Honduras - The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular), visits the Public Ministry to announce Canada's contribution of an Integrated Ballistics Identification System (IBIS) to Honduras and to witness the signing of an agreement between the Justice Education Society of British Columbia, the Canadian implementation partner, and the Honduran Public Ministry.

The IBIS, produced by Canadian company Forensic Technologies Incorporated, facilitates the identification of weapons used in crimes by mapping the “ballistic signature” found on a bullet. IBIS data will allow for greater cooperation between different Honduran investigative functions.

The contribution of the IBIS equipment by Canada is part of a series of projects on police professionalization in Honduras that are being implemented by the Justice Education Society of British Columbia, a Canadian non-profit organization with more than 20 years’ experience in delivering justice and law enforcement capacity building abroad.

The provision of IBIS equipment to Honduras will help combat threats to security not only in Honduras, but also in Central America more broadly, as ballistic analysis information can eventually be shared through a regional network of IBIS systems. Regional cooperation facilitated by training and equipment is a critical piece of Canada’s engagement in the Americas and the fight against transnational organized crime in the region.

Minister of State Yelich is visiting Honduras to participate in the inauguration of the new Honduran president, Juan Orlando Hernández, and to highlight the long tradition of cooperation between Canada and Honduras in the areas of development, trade, democratic governance, human rights and security.

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