The Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Latvia under the European Economic area grant 2014-2021 (EEA grants) programme “International Police Cooperation and Combating Crime” (Programme) seventh project “Strengthening of the capacity of forensic system and inspection of the site of the event” in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Latvia is going to strengthen Latvia’s forensic system capacity for a more secure and competitive Latvia and Europe!
From October 18th to 19th, 2021, Norwegian National Criminal Investigation Service (KRIPOS) specialists familiarized themselves with criminal forensics examination methods used in Latvia and developed upcoming cooperation plans with the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Justice, the State Police Forensic Service Department and the State Forensic Science Bureau.
During their in-person visits to the State Police Forensic Service Department and the State Forensic Science Bureau laboratories, Norwegian National Criminal Investigation Service specialists not only acquaint themselves with criminal forensics examination methods typically applied in Latvia but also demonstrated their crime scene 3D scanning abilities, which is foreseen to become the most extensive forensics cooperation area of Latvia-Norway authorities for upcoming years.
This visit is the result of the Ministry of Interior’s long-term efforts to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the home-affairs sector with the Norwegian authorities. EEA grant reserve financing allocation to foster this cooperation is largely thanks to the EEA grant Financial Mechanism Office and the long-lasting collaboration of the Ministry of the Interior with the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Riga. The Programme Operator, the Ministry of the Interior, hopes that this visit can be used as a solid foundation for cooperation in other areas. Considering the Cabinet of Ministers of Latvia support for a comprehensive forensics’ expertise institute reforms, capacity and knowledge base strengthening of all the forensic system institutions is an utmost priority, especially when supplementing it with the best available international practice provided by the Norwegian National Criminal Investigation Service.
Information by The Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Latvia International Project Coordination Unit
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