Wildlife Crime Fingerprint Database
After a couple of years of planning, we finally launched our Wildlife Crime Fingerprint Database. Sri Lanka was the first country in Asia to contribute to the database after three Department of Wildlife Conservation personnel received training and certification.
Previously, In April 2019 twenty personnel from the Department of Wildlife Conservation in Sri Lanka participated in Phase I of our training. The training included lifting of fingerprints from evidence located at poaching camps and other items located at wildlife crime scenes. Unique items, usually not typically found in urban crime scenes were tested with various types of processing methods, and proved successful.
Phase II of CSIwildlife training took place in November 2019, when personnel who had already undergone training in Phase I will received advanced training in DNA collection and fingerprint training.
All personnel that completed training and passed their examination received certification in fingerprint recovery, and will be permitted to contribute their findings to the Wildlife Crime Fingerprint Database.
Checking for fingerprints on the exterior of a 'King coconut' - a variety of coconut with a smooth orange color exterior, native to Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka Rangers being trained in lifting fingerprints by CSIwildlife instructors from the US.