A total of 31 delegates from Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the Palestinian Authority and Tunisia attended a training seminar organised by the EU-funded Euromed Police III Project on “Forensic techniques and procedures” from 28 January to 1 March at the French National Police Academy in Saint-Cyr au Mont d’Or, near the French city of Lyon.
The seminar included presentations delivered by French Police and Gendarmerie experts as well as participants from supporting countries (Algeria, Czech Republic, Lebanon and Spain), and visits to the sub-directorate for forensics within the French Central Direction of Judiciary Police, and to the National Institute for Forensic Police.
The seminar offered participants the opportunity to:
• become fully aware of the newest developments of forensics
• realise that the extension of the use of forensics in the field of “ordinary crime” gives way for improving the elucidation rate of robberies, burglaries, car thefts, etc.
• be aware that the use of forensics techniques cannot be practiced without a close co-operation with the judiciary, basic human rights having to be preserved.
• learn how a scene of crime must be dealt with properly by a strict observance of rigorous protocols aimed to preserve the scene of crime of any spoil and allow fruitful investigation.
• be aware that the full benefit of data bases will only be reached if all countries currently and daily provide relevant information to international data bases such as those of Interpol.
• finally understand that international co-operation is an absolute requirement to carry out efficient forensic investigations.
Euromed Police III aims to enhance the professional capacities of the police/security services of the Southern Mediterranean as well as to develop international police cooperation, between EU member States and Southern Mediterranean countries as well as between Southern Mediterranean countries themselves, in combating major aspects of organised crime (terrorism, drug-trafficking, human trafficking, financial crime, cybercrime, weapons trafficking, smuggling and counterfeiting, risks induced by big events, etc.). Another long term objective is to create a network of police professionals for better cooperation and exchange of good practices and experience.