The purpose is to train experts in fingerprints comparison. Overall not being anymore the best piece of evidence, the purpose of the simulation is to discover papillary traces on items found on the crime scene to orientate the investigations. 

Then it is necessary to make those traces become visible using powders to look for remaining fingerprints traces and finally analyse them. The work of the attendees continues with anthropometric formalities, which consist of reporting a suspect and finally proceeding to the comparison of the fingerprints found on the crime scene with the ones of the suspect.

Attendees are provided with the means to better allowing them putting into practice the theoretical part of the training course. Furthermore, the EUCAP Sahel Mali mission supports the BIS (Specialized Investigations Brigade) through several other training courses, particularly on intelligence and counter terrorism.


The main part of the attendees is already performing investigation duties, which is a major asset for productive exchanges. It is worth highlighting that two attendees have previously participated in a EUCAP training course and this new one allowed feedback gathering on the previous.

 The topics taught ranged from findings (for the judiciary part), to a writing exercise, and to basic intelligence skills and contact with the population. They also received information about Human Rights.

The attendees valued and improved their judiciary police capabilities, mainly in the knowledge of transnational terrorism, managing terrorist attacks, investigations on internet and social networks, etc. Furthermore, the meetings at the Regional Directorate of the National Police and at the Legion of the Gendarmerie Headquarters provided information on their needs regarding their different ways of acting and training requirements. For example, it surmised that a training in intelligence-gathering skills would be helpful and should also benefit other units. On that particular point, the Legion Commander is effectively planning intelligence activities to conduct a targeted action against terrorists in his area of responsibility.

Warrant officer Souleymane Diawara, from the Segou Territorial Brigade, and Chief Warrant Officer Mohamed Diowa Dicko, from the National Guard, expressed their satisfaction with the training.
The former, a previous attendee of the mission in 2017, underlined his satisfaction for having acquired quality knowledge, particularly in the gathering and analysis of information. He also highlighted the necessity to implement the trust of relationships with the population to increase the security and fight against terrorism.Regarding Chief Warrrant Officer Mohamed Diowa Dicko, from the National Guard, he found particularly interesting the module on how to get closer to the population. “I thought security was a matter of force, but I realized that it was more a matter of servicing the community and earning their trust. This is very efficient in terms of intelligence gathering and the fight against terrorism. I also understood the necessity for a stronger coordinated cooperation between the different internal security forces, and above all in the exchange of information gathered on the field.”

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