CEPOL Disaster Victims Identification training

Publication date 02.11.2018

Joint training on disaster victims identification (DVI), organized by the Maltese police, under the aegis of European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL), took place between 29th October and 2nd November 2018 on Malta. Central Forensic Laboratory of The Police was represented by: lt.col. Piotr Trojanowski – Crime Scene Officers Manager and Agnieszka Łukomska – adviser in the Scientific Development Department.

The venture, aimed at both completing knowledge on DVI procedures and conducting practical trainings improving activities aimed at victims identification, was directed to mainly to law enforcement officers and employees, ensuring first reaction at the disaster site or sharing in national DVI teams. 32 participants, representing UE countries and Georgia were instructed with the rules and procedures on the place of a mass incident – according to the Interpol DVI standards. In addition to theoretical lectures, the training included practical aspects of procedure, ie. revealing and securing corpses on the place they were found, collecting information ante mortem (data obtained from families and relatives), post mortem (posthumous description), carrying out various activities, such as combining and selection of data, aimed at victims identification. The training group had been visited by the Minister of Justice of Malta, who emphasized the humanitarian aspect of identification activities in the case of serious incidents resulting with mass deaths.