On November 1st, 2018 in the premises of Serbian Palace (SIV 1), presentation of the equipment donated by the Swedish Police, together with the photo retrospective of the previous projects that were focused on the development of forensics and crime scene investigation in the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia was done. Those projects are on going with the support of the Government of Sweden and Sida since 2004.
This presentation was organized by the National Forensic Center, Criminal Police Directorate, and the Swedish Police Office as an implementing partner in the project "Development of Forensics and CSI 2016 - 2018 - SweSe III", which is realized within the Swedish - Serbian Police Cooperation Program.
On that occasion, Assistant Minister and Head of the Sector for Human Resources, Katarina Tomašević, pointed out that the Swedish Police, through a number of project activities, helped to raise the work of the National Forensic Center of the MoI to a higher level, which made a significant contribution solving criminal offences, their evidences and prosecution.
- I want to thank our colleagues from the Swedish Police and the Swedish International Development Agency for sincere assistance and cooperation that lasts more than a decade and Tomašević pointed out that the total value of various projects, implemented since 2004, is twenty million euros.
Tomašević specified that the Swedish Police assisted by donating equipment to the forensic units in the Ministry of Interior, with establishing a quality management system, drafting procedures and raising the level of forensic crime scene investigation for criminal offences in the area of sexual freedom and the area of domestic violence.
According to her, also one of the great importance for the Ministry of Interior was the establishment of a modern Center for Forensic Training at the Academy for Criminalistics and Police Studies, which allows students of this higher education institution to acquire practice in this field.
- Together with the Serbian police, we have undertaken a number of different activities in four areas - said Lutteman, adding that it was about establishing a intelligence-led policing model, forensic development, support for strategic planning processes in the MOI and the development of gender equality.
- Together today, we carry out many activities in various components of the Program we are implementing: intelligence led policing model, implementation of the gender agenda, in the field of strategic development, but it all began with a small forensic project 14 years ago, and after that the cooperation only expanded.
The program of the Swedish - Serbian Police Cooperation SPAP II ends by the end of this year, but our intention is to extend the program in 2019 and 2020, announced Lutteman.
The cooperation between the Swedish Police and the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia has existed for many years.
In the period from 2004 to 2008, the National Forensic Center successfully implemented the project "Advanced forensic crime scene investigation - SweSe I" in cooperation with the Swedish Police, regarding the establishment of training for the advanced forensic investigation of crime scenes, as well as equipping forensic units in the MoI with modern equipment. On that occasion, new methods of securing various traces on the crime scenes were established (shoe prints, morphological interpretation of blood traces, traces of papillary lines, tool traces ...).
Also, Swedish Police donated forensic equipment for 27 forensic police units which included specific forensic equipment (alternative light sources, identifiers, means for securing traces of papillary lines ... etc.), as well as computer equipment and photo equipment. For the first time, selected scene of crime officers had the opportunity to undertake a study tour to the Swedish police and get to know their way of working.
In the period from 2010 to 2014, the National Forensic Center also successfully implemented the project "Establishment of a Forensic Training Center within the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Serbia - SweSe II", which was realized within the cooperation program between the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Serbia and The Swedish National Police Board (SNPB), and in cooperation with the Academy for Criminalistics and Police Studies. On this occasion, a modern Center for Forensic Training at the Academy was established with all necessary forensic equipment. With the help of the Swedish Police, a new, modern curriculum was developed, as a basic course for forensic investigation, as well as for all specialist courses.
Along with the establishment of the Center for Forensic Training, the establishment of a quality management system in the sense of developing procedures necessary for the quality performance of the forensic investigation of the crime scenes. Also, Swedish partners have donated two specialized motor vehicles with state-of-the-art equipment for forensic investigation of crime scenes.
In the framework of the current Swedish - Serbian Police Cooperation Program, the project "Development of Forensics and CSI 2016 - 2018 - SweSe III" is under way. The project relies on two pillars: the first is to raise the level of forensic investigation of the crime scenes in the field of sexual freedom and the area against marriage and family (domestic violence), while the second is the continuation of the work on establishing a quality management system for the forensic investigation of the crime scenes. During the implementation of the project, 12 seminars were held with the presence of prosecutors, judges, social workers' centers, health workers, police officers, as well as representatives of non-governmental organizations, which dealt with topics related to the importance of securing biological and other traces on the crime scenes in the area against sexual freedom and domestic violence.
Also, several seminars were held focusing on the conduct of the first police officer on the crime scene when it comes to the criminal offences. Swedish partners in the project donated this time a specific forensic, computer and photo equipment as well as a special material for the detection of biological traces. In all 27 police directorate, one room is being renovated, equipped with modern furniture, which will serve to interview victims of gender-based violence.
Thanks to intensive long-standing cooperation between Swedish and Serbian Police, the National Forensic Center has succeeded in raising the work of forensic investigation of crime scenes, forensic analysis and forensic expertise, to a higher level, thus contributing significantly to the solving of criminal offences, as well as providing evidence for prosecution of perpetrators of those crimes.