The OSCE Mission to Montenegro has supported the Forensic Centre of the Police Directorate in Danilovgrad since its inception in 2008, to receive accreditation as a fully-fledged member of the European Network of Forensic Science Institutions. In 2017, the European Commission upgraded the forensic standard for criminal investigations, which requires re-training the forensic centre to meet the new standard in 2020.
On 26 and 27 December, the Mission facilitated a two-day training at the Forensic Centre in Danilovgrad. Ten forensic experts worked with two scientists from the Standard Cert Company from Belgrade to understand the key changes in the new standard. The training focused on risks, opportunities and clarification of the decision rules, in order to equip the participants with the necessary skills to implement the required changes in the laboratory to comply with the updated standard.
Utilizing these new standards is a prerequisite for maintaining the Center’s accreditation, which in turn ensures that evidence from the centre is admissible in any court in Europe and is important in combating regional and international crime.
The Mission remains committed to providing assistance to the Montenegrin authorities in establishing a comprehensive approach to tackling crime in Montenegro and developing national capacities to combat criminal networks and support intelligence-led policing.