The Guardia Civil provides training on footwear impression evidence and tyre tread databases to Turkish institutions as part of the EU-Turkey twinning
The activities of the Advanced Forensic Laboratory Analysis Methods Project in Turkey are continuing, through the twinning between Turkey and Spain, funded by the European Union and managed by FIIAPP. The most recent workshop focused on footwear impression and tyre tread evidence, which training was addressed to Turkish forensic investigation institutions such as the Gendarmerie Forensic Department (JKDB), the Police Crime Laboratory (KPL) and the Council of Forensic Medicine (ATK).
There were five seminars by experts from the Spanish Guardia Civil, Criminalistics Service (SECRIM), featuring practical cases of impressions and tutorials on how to use the SICAR and SOLEMATE databases, which are the most widely used in the European Union.
These types of repositories facilitate the work of forensic laboratories and institutions in the task of identifying evidence collected at the crime scene. In addition, during the seminars, computer programmes designed for the ocular inspection of evidence were demonstrated, and there were explanations of the primary and secondary signs of evidence and how to identify them.
These seminars facilitated interactions between participants and the trainers, generating a valuable opportunity to share methods, products and techniques in forensic investigation related to the inspection procedures for footwear impression and tyre tread evidence in each of the countries. The programme also analysed documentary requirements for writing final forensic reports that use this type of evidence in both countries.