Wildlife Crime Fingerprint Database
After a couple of years of planning for our wildlife crime fingerprint database, we will be finally launching our Wildlife Crime Fingerprint Database. Sri Lanka will be the first country in Asia to contribute to the database.
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 will take place in November 2019, when personnel who have already undergone training in Phase I will receive more advanced training in DNA collection and fingerprint training.
All personnel that receive certification in fingerprint recovery 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.