The 5th International Scientific Conference ”Crime Scene”

On 26th – 27th April 2017, the fifth edition of International Scientific Conference ”Crime Scene” organized by Central Forensic Laboratory of the Police took place at The International Fair of Technology and Equipment for the Police and National Security Services “Europoltech”.

The event was accompanied by The International Fair of Technology and Equipment for the Police and National Security Services EUROPOLTECH.

The growing threat of terrorist attack and other disasters forces the security agencies to verify and update the guidelines and legal regulations concerning the roles of forensic experts working in crime scene investigation teams as part of examination of Mass Fatality Incident. The primary goal of the conference was to exchange experiences, best practices and legal regulations among Polish and foreign experts in that field. One of the topics of discussion included the coordination of duties in the field of disaster victims identification according to the international guidelines elaborated by Interpol. The guidelines are followed by in significant number of countries worldwide. It is crucial to unify the procedures especially in context of incidents involving multi-national victims; a reliable and efficient victim identification calls for effective cooperation of services of various competences. The technical expertise provided by international experts who delivered their speeches during the Conference may be further utilized for elaboration of a professional Polish DVI group consisting of qualified experts and representatives of various agencies.

The speakers delivered lectures on the following issues:

  • Henry C. Lee Ph.D., University of New Haven – New Concepts in Crime Scene Investigation
  • Serge Eko Ph.D., Interpol – Mass Fatalities and DVI Procedure: INTERPOL’s Key Role
  • Mr. Christian Decobeq representative of the DVI unit from Belgium – Management of the Deceased Victims of the Brussels Terrorist Attacks
  • Professor Brunon Hołyst – Victims of Terrorist Attacks
  • Col. Magdalena Spólnicka Ph.D., Head of Biology Department of Central Forensic Laboratory of the Police – Innovation in DNA Research Supporting Judicial System
  • Jarosław Piątek Ph.D., Department of Forensic Genetics of Pomeranian Medical University in Szczecin – Identification of Mass Fatality Incident Victims, Based on Own Experience
  • Marek Pasionek, Deputy Prosecutor General – Role of Prosecutor’s at the Crime Scene of Terrorist Attack
  • Professor Peter Valentin, University of New Haven – Identifying Human Remains after Hurricane Katrina
  • Agnieszka Łyżwa Ph.D., Police Academy in Szczytno – Role of a Specialist in Case of a Plane Crash or Rail Accidents
  • Tadeusz Ryś, Head of the National Board for Rail Accidents – Cooperaion of the National Board for Rail Accidents with the Prosecutors and Police at the Later Stage of Preliminary Investigation at the Scene of a Railroad Accident
  • Professor Violetta Kwiatkowska – Head of the Forensic Science Department University of Nicolaus Copernicus in Toruń - Crime Scene Examination of a Terrorist Attack
  • Piotr Peksa, Central Investigation Bureau of the Police – Bomb Attacks in Mass Transportation – Case Study
  • Col. Grzegorz Baczyński, Head of Chief Operation Office of National Police Headquarter – Cooperation of Services at the Scene of a Railroad Accident
  • Adam Szyszko, Chairman of the Medical Life Saving Association – Medical Response Procedures at the Scene of Mass Fatality Incidents
  • Col. Adam Frankowski, Head of the Central Forensic Laboratory of the Police and Lt. Col. Artur Dębski, IT Coordinator – Evidence Collection – New IT System Solution for Recording, Labeling and Evidential Chain of Custody
  • Legal Team from the Central Forensic Laboratory of the Police – Results of Soco’s Work at the Scene of Crime in the Judicial Proceedings.

Mock crime scene investigation constituted an integral part of the conference; this year the socos investigated a scene of mass fatality incident – terrorist truck attack. Members of investigation team included: policemen of Czech DVI group, officers of Military Police from Mińsk Mazowiecki and officers of investigatory department from Gdynia, forensic experts of Central Forensic Laboratory of the Police and Regional Police Unit in Gdańsk, crime scene officers of District Police Station in Gdynia and a doctor of Forensic Medicine Unit in Gdańsk.

The mock CSI received a great deal of attention from the attendees as well as EUROPOLTECH’s guests and exhibitors.

Nearly 200 attendees from various countries participated in the conference. It attracted representatives of Police from Georgia, Malta, Switzerland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Sweden, Estonia, Romania, Denmark, Belgium, Finland, Ireland, Spain, France, Italy, Thailand, China and the United States.