Forensic Recognition and Individualisation

More information from evidence originating from persons, organisms, and objects for the purpose of investigation, intelligence, identification, and the furnishing of proof.

This programme is aimed at the development of new Forensic Recognition and individualisation methods for the purpose of investigation, intelligence, the furnishing of proof and identification to support the processes of the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) and of the partners in the criminal justice system.

As speed is one of the crucial factors for investigation and intelligence, the methods are aimed at achieving results faster and more objectively. For this purpose, the NFI will determine even more characteristic features from partial, complex, and mixed profiles of human beings, animals, plants, microorganisms, and objects.

For the furnishing of proof and identification, methods are being developed to create a more effective process to provide more objective services and products. The purpose of this part of the programme is to report conclusions from the partial, complex, and mixed profiles on the basis of information that is more strongly scientifically substantiated.

These methods enable forensic experts to assign evidentiary value to the question of whether two pieces of evidence or samples originate from the same source on the basis of physical, chemical, biochemical, or digital characteristics. Combining features from evidence will considerably increase the evidentiary force.

For this purpose, the NFI cooperates closely with the National Police and the Public Prosecution Service.