Improved forensics and lawful evidence collection

Increasing capabilities to apprehend criminals and terrorists and bring them to the court.

Expected Outcomes: Projects’ results are expected to contribute to the following outcomes:

  • Use of modern, robust, validated and reliable biometric technologies by forensic institutes and law enforcement, improving  European investigation capabilities to fight terrorism and other forms of serious and organised crime; 
  • Shorter court cases due to the availability of more solid (cross-border) forensic evidence that is acceptable in court 
  • Policy-makers and security practitioners benefit from European common approaches for analysing risks/threats, and identifying and deploying relevant security measures while exploiting biometric information, which take into account legal and ethical rules of operation, cost-benefit considerations, as well as fundamental rights such as privacy, protection of personal data and free movement of persons; 
  • Improved support to policy-making on the use of biometric technologies by forensics institutes and LEAs 
  • Improved understanding of the capacity and usefulness of biometric technologies information in tackling terrorism and other forms of serious and organised crime, and of the key challenges related to it, such as harmonisation/standardisation of data and processes;
  • Contribution to the development of EU standards for the handling and processing of biometrics in the context of judicial investigation;
  • Forensic practitioners active in biometrics are provided with modern education and training curricula.