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European exchange of best practice in arson investigation and prevention

“European Exchange of Best Practice in Arson Investigation and Prevention”

Dave Myers MSc.

Project Manager

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service

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European exchange of best practice in arson investigation and prevention

Content

  • Project partners and funding
  • Origins of the project
  • Aim of the project
  • Key objective and deliverables
  • What has been achieved so far?
  • What remains to be completed?
  • Conclusion - Looking beyond the life of the project…
european exchange of best practice in arson investigation and prevention
European exchange of best practice in arson investigation and prevention

1. Project Partners and Funding

European Commission Directorate-General for Environment FundingJanuary 2007 to December 2008

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European exchange of best practice in arson investigation and prevention

Countries included within the project

Iceland

Finland

United

Kingdom

Sweden

Norway

Estonia

Denmark

Latvia

Republic of

Ireland

Netherlands

Belgium

Lithuania

Poland

Germany

Slovak Republic

Luxembourg

Czech Rep.

France

Austria

Hungary

Romania

Switzerland

Rep. of

Macedonia

Italy

Bulgaria

EU Countries

EU Countries

Spain

Portugal

Turkey

EU Candidate Countries

EU Candidate Countries

Croatia

Malta

Greece

Cyprus

Non EU/Candidate Countries

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European exchange of best practice in arson investigation and prevention

2. Origins of the Project

  • Revinge Workshop (Sweden) Workshop 2005, Swedish Rescue Services Agency
  • Arson - some organizations already exist, both national and international
  • Need and support for other European fire networks
  • However…still need support for European network for ALL arson practitioners:
    • investigators, prevention specialists, forensic officers
    • multiple organizations – fire, police, forensic, forestry
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European exchange of best practice in arson investigation and prevention

3. Aim of the Project

“To raise awareness in Europe of best practice in arson investigation and prevention”

Help to reduce the number and impact of criminal fires annually set within Europe – deaths, injuries and property damage.

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European exchange of best practice in arson investigation and prevention

4. Key Objective and Deliverables

  • Deliverables
  • Network of contacts
  • Training modules for basic level fire investigation course
  • Database of best practice
  • Register of experts
  • Recommendations for secure web-based IT platform
  • “The Fire Crime in Europe Conference 2008”

Facilitate greater cross-border and interagency networking, cooperation and joint working

The foundations for a formal European network of arson practitioners

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European exchange of best practice in arson investigation and prevention

5. What has been completed?

  • Contact Network
  • Circulated project information to chief officers, multi-national organisations and professional organisations.

For instance,

  • ENFSI, European Network Forensic Science Institutes
  • IAAI, International Association of Arson Investigators,
  • Association of Fire Investigators in Spain (ANINCE).
  • We now have 525 individuals in 338 organizations in the network
  • Articles/bulletins published in the UK, France, Spain, Greece, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Poland and Belgium.
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European exchange of best practice in arson investigation and prevention
  • B. Questionnaire Surveys
  • 242 distributed to Fire, Police, Government Officers
  • 48 distributed to Forensic Laboratories, (ENFSI Fire and Explosion Work Group)
  • General data gathering on practices in Europe
  • Copies of the report available on request
  • 156 returned - 65% response rate
  • 42 returned - 89% response rate
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European exchange of best practice in arson investigation and prevention

C. Develop Fire Investigation Training Modules

  • Fire Investigation Workshop in Poznan, Poland September 2007
  • Northumberland Arson Task Force, Fire Service College in Poznan, Poznan Police, PZU Insurance.
  • 1st joint training of Fire, Police and Insurance in Poland
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European exchange of best practice in arson investigation and prevention
  • D. European Register of Experts/Specialists
  • Role to provide advice, expertise, experience
  • Willing to consider placements/exchanges
  • Criteria developed – qualifications, experience, professional role

Currently 51 experts enrolled

17 countries represented

Already processing requests – 3 processed so far

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European exchange of best practice in arson investigation and prevention
  • E. European Database of Best Practice
  • Criteria developed – evidence of success, transferability to other countries etc.
  • Collecting information on: aims, design, implementation, evaluation
  • Standard forms – comparability, ease of reference

Currently 30 submissions of best practice

10 countries represented

Already processing requests – 7 processed so far

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European exchange of best practice in arson investigation and prevention
  • F. European Conference
  • 2 Days 15th -16th September
  • Delegates from 21 countries.
  • Speakers form 11 countries
  • Workshop and plenary sessions
  • Support was confirmed for the development of an EU web based network for the exchange of information.
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European exchange of best practice in arson investigation and prevention
  • G. Recommendations for web-based platform
  • Connecting a European network of arson practitioners
  • The initial scope of the bid was to develop proposals for a web based IT platform

Going beyond the scope of the project proposal:

  • Partnership with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service
  • Resources and skills already available
  • Developed a prototype web-based system
  • Produce a document with proposals to support funding applications
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European exchange of best practice in arson investigation and prevention

6. What remains to be completed?

  • Expansion of:
    • Register of Experts
    • Best Practice Database
  • Pilot of prototype web-portal
  • Final report to the European Commission March 2009 2008
  • Continuation of the project activities
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European exchange of best practice in arson investigation and prevention

7. Conclusion - Looking beyond the life of the project…

  • Development of a formal European Network of Arson Practitioners

After the project – the proposed network

During the Project

Before the Project

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European exchange of best practice in arson investigation and prevention

  • Organization of a formal European network
  • Creation of Central Coordinating body
  • Current project partners, other interested parties (5 other organizations formally expressed interest)
  • Possible activities of a formal network:
  • Annual or bi-annual conference/meeting
  • Regional meetings – N, S, E ,W Europe
  • Electronic newsletter
  • Web-based portal
  • Provide support to others
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European exchange of best practice in arson investigation and prevention

  • Thank you for listening
  • Dave Myers MSc.
  • For further details contact:-
  • Dr Rob Stacey
  • Arson Task Force Project Officer
  • Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service
  • rstacey@northumberland.gov.uk
  • Tel: +44 (0)1670 534794