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04 April 2014

INTERPOL agreement with Netherlands Forensic Institute to enhance forensic support for countries

LYON, France – An agreement between INTERPOL and the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) will provide a platform for increased forensic operational support and capacity building for the world police organization’s 190 member countries.

Signed by Secretary General Ronald K. Noble and Kees Möhring, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the NFI, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is aimed at supporting INTERPOL’s key strategic priorities of identifying crimes and criminals.

With the opening of the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in September this year, cyber forensics will be an important area for collaboration, while other areas for joint activity include;

  • Exchange of experts and support to INTERPOL Incident Response Teams;
  • Assistance to member countries in developing specialized authorities dealing with forensics;
  • Organization of seminars, training, conference and e-learning programmes in selected crime areas.

Secretary General Noble said the agreement would play a role in supporting INTERPOL’s ongoing efforts to provide member countries with cutting-edge solutions to address all forms of crime.

“The NFI – just like INTERPOL – believes in the need for constant innovation in forensics and seeks to help countries around the world enhance their capabilities in this area, and this agreement brings us both a step closer to achieving this important goal,” said Mr Noble.

“The National Forensic Institute has established itself around the world as a leader in forensics, and this expertise combined with INTERPOL’s global reach will have a real impact on supporting national and international law enforcement,” concluded the INTERPOL Chief.

“The NFI is looking forward to the concrete results based on this MoU. The combination of forensic skills and expertise will lead to concrete steps forward on DNA, digital forensics and other fields of forensic science. We are very pleased to work together and to make the huge potential of forensic science available to INTERPOL and its 190 member countries,” said Mr Möhring.

The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the 10th annual INTERPOL Heads of National Central Bureaus conference, which has brought together some 300 police chiefs and law enforcement officials from 145 countries.

“Forensic investigation today is no longer limited to the crime scene alone. Cooperation, innovation, knowledge and intelligence have become a global business. The MoU between INTERPOL and the NFI will strengthen this development. Why? To create a safer world, in your neighbourhood,” said Pieter Jaap Aalbersberg, delegate for Europe on INTERPOL’s Executive Committee and Chief of Police of the Amsterdam-Amstelland unit.

The NFI is one of the world’s leading forensic laboratories. Using its expertise in more than 40 forensic disciplines, the NFI performs analyses in criminal cases, provides assistance and advice to governments and maintains close relationships with industry, knowledge institutes and universities.