Possibilities and restrictions to realize a 'national forensic database'
- Stol, W.Ph., Kop, N., Koppenol, P.A., Evers, F.C.M. (ass.), Binnekamp, R. (ass.)
- Police Academy
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In the safety programme entitled ‘Towards a safer society’, the Cabinet ministers with responsibility in police matters expressed their intention to introduce measures to improve the quality of investigations. In this context, it was announced that a ‘national forensic database’ will be introduced. This plan to integrate investigation databases is in line with the envisaged reorganisation of information management by the Dutch police. The national forensic database will make it possible to store and compare various traces, such as fingerprints, tool marks, bullet, cartridge, shoe and digital traces, in a standardised manner. In this manner, links between offences may come to light, allowing cases to be solved. (As a preparation for this type of national forensic database, and to gain experience with regard to the combined use of traces, a pilot study was commenced on 1 January 2004 in which forensic technical information from the DNA database and HAVANK (fingerprints) is linked.) A national forensic database should ultimately lead to a more effective approach towards combating crime, particularly with regard to High Volume Crime (e.g. domestic burglary and theft) and persistent offenders. This study provides an insight into the possibilities and limitations of a national forensic database.