THE PLENARY MEETING OF THE EU NETWORK OF EXPERTS COMPETENT IN DISASTER VICTIM IDENTIFICATION

Publication date 25.06.2019

On 25 June 2019 the plenary meeting of the European Union DVI network members from the EU member countries took place in the Belgian Police Center in Brussels.

The meeting was aimed at integrating the environment of DVI teams from European Union countries by creating a Network of Experts (EU DVI Network) dealing with the identification of disasters victims’ bodies. The purpose of the Network is to seek to optimize the cooperation of victim identification experts in Europe, create a communication platform and discuss strategies for the Network and prospective projects. Current procedures for DVI teams have been developed by an expert working group chaired by Belgium under the auspices of Interpol. However, constant threat of terrorist attacks within the EU leads to a reconsideration of the humanitarian nature of identification and the development of processes that would allow quick identification of not only victims, but also perpetrators of terrorist attacks in order to effectively prevent further attacks. Central Forensic Laboratory of the Police was represented by major Ewa Katarasińska PhD, senior research and technical specialist of Biology Department and Marta Olejniczak PhD, research and technical specialist of Fingerprint Examination Department, who presented the activities of the newly created Polish DVI team.