CEPOL and ENFSI Sign Memorandum of Understanding

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03 December 2009

CEPOL recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI).

Established in 1995, ENFSI is a network of national forensic science institutes whose purpose is to improve the quality of forensic science throughout Europe.

The MoU allows both organisations to enhance cooperation in the areas of information exchange and training.

It outlines that both organisations will identify issues that may be of interest to the other, such as, advances in forensic sciences that could assist criminal investigations; the use of established scientific techniques; and the dissemination of knowledge among senior police officers. The importance of forensic science for the police forces in Europe is underlined in the draft Stockholm Programme.

Additionally, the MoU, states that ENFSI will:

  • Identify and liaise with institutions who can potentially contribute to CEPOL training activities;
  • Link to CEPOL’s website and advertise CEPOL’s training activities;
  • Support CEPOL members who are asked to attend ENFSI meetings.

The MoU states that CEPOL will:

  • Allow ENFSI members to give courses on topics they feel require greater understanding and awareness in order to assist criminal investigations;
  • Ensure ENFSI members are reimbursed for travel and subsistence when supporting CEPOL activities;
  • Link to ENFSI’s website and post information about latest developments in forensics, cases of interest, and so on.

Both organisations will also discuss the possibilities of sharing data and databases about learning activities.

CEPOL Head of Programmes, Detlef Schroeder, said: “I am delighted we have signed a MoU with ENFSI. As we are all aware, forensic science has helped police work tremendously in recent years and I have no doubt that CEPOL can benefit from the expertise in the ENFSI network.”

For further information about ENFSI, visit www.enfsi.eu


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