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Law enforcement and forensics: Member States seek improved facial recognition, handwriting analysis, mobile device examination
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Member States' responses to a Council questionnaire on law enforcement agencies' training needs with regard to forensics show that there is interest in improving facial recognition, handwriting analysis, speech and audio analysis, digital forensics and the examination of mobile devices, amongst other things.

See: NOTE from: Presidency to: Law Enforcement Working Party: Training opportunities for law enforcement (8225/17, LIMITE, 19 April 2017, pdf)

"Whilst recognizing the efforts undertaken in this field to develop training, there are still significant gaps between training needs and training currently available in the area of forensics particularly in relation to specific forensic disciplines. In light of this, the Maltese Presidency issued a questionnaire to assess the forensic training needs in the medium-term covering a 3-year period (2018 – 2020). The questionnaire focuses on the whole process of crime scene investigation starting from the actions of the first responders until the presentation of evidence in court.

The objective of this exercise is to enable CEPOL to better meet the training needs of Member States and to develop efficient, targeted approach to training on a specialised, thematic level. This will raise the effectiveness of law enforcement across the EU and it will stimulate the development of a harmonised law enforcement culture."

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