New Permanent Platform to Enhance Global Disaster Victim Identification

INTERPOL and the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) have signed a formal cooperation agreement to manage and operate a permanent global platform centralizing disaster victim identification (DVI) efforts, according to an ICMP press release.

It’s called the INTERPOL Permanent Platform for Disaster Victim Identification (PDVI) and it will be established at the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore. This cooperation agreement outlines the roles the two organizations will play in managing and operating the platform.

The goal of the INTERPOL PDVI is to “serve as a global resource and center of excellence to enhance preparedness and build on existing capabilities to respond to large-scale disasters more effectively,” according to ICMP.

Specifically, the platform will create a rapid deployment model for DVI assistance to provide the necessary expertise whenever and wherever required, in order to speed up the international response to disasters, whether natural or man-made.

INTERPOL will head up the DVI operations by managing the logistics and infrastructure of the PDVI and by coordinating the identification areas of fingerprints and dental records, in addition to other DVI-related activities. ICMP’s expertise in DNA analysis, genetic data processing and biological sampling will benefit the PDVI.

“Through this partnership and the combined experience of INTERPOL and the ICMP, we can continue to offer member countries the fastest and most professional response when disaster strikes, and ensure the resources are available to support the DVI process until every victim is identified,” says INTERPOL secretary general Ronald K. Noble.

“The establishment of a Permanent Platform for Disaster Victim Identification by INTERPOL and ICMP represents a positive development in addressing the global problem of missing persons cases from natural and man-made disasters,” said ICMP director general Kathryne Bomberger.

“Given that all countries are vulnerable to both natural and man-made disasters, and given that very few of them have the means or capability to reliably identify victims, this platform will offer governments around the world access to state-of-the-art forensic mechanisms and standards to respond to a DVI scenario,” she said.

The agreement was signed by both INTERPOL secretary general Ronald K. Noble and ICMP director general Kathryne Bomberger.


For more information, here’s the ICMP press release: