Upskilling forensic expertise
Under the European Convention on Human Rights, state authorities are obliged to conduct investigations capable of leading to the identification and punishment of those responsible of crimes involving assault. In many cases, the European Court of Human Rights found defects in Turkish investigations. In order to avoid such violations, Turkey’s three forensic laboratories – the Council of Forensic Medicine and the forensic departments of the police and gendarmerie – required training in carrying out investigations effectively and efficiently.
The aims of the project and its core activities
The project aimed to improve the skills of Turkey’s forensic experts and to bring the country’s forensic analysis methods into line with EU requirements.
The Ministry of Justice’s Council of Forensic Medicine (ATK), the Gendarmerie Forensic Department (JKDB) and the Police Forensic Department (KPL) were the beneficiaries of the project, which also involved experts from similar agencies in EU countries.
More than 130 forensic personnel from each of the three forensic laboratories received training, at workshops held in Turkey, in a range of crime scene investigation methods. Among the courses offered were clinical forensic medicine, post-mortem microbiology, forensic entomology, forensic biology and chemistry, forensic audio-video and data, forensic marks, traffic accident investigation and quality issues.
Others staff participated in study tours to related agencies in EU counties for instruction in facial reconstruction and forensic facial aging, analysis of gunshot residues and distance determination, audio signal processing and recovering deleted data from mobile phones.