As recently as 5 years ago the answer to the question posed in the title of this chapter, ‘the role of an international law enforcement agency in the identification of deceased persons and remains’ would, at least in the case of the Australian Federal Police (AFP), have been an easy question to answer: almost no role! Since the first Bali bombing in October 2002 the AFP has come of age in the world of disaster victim identification (DVI) through its involvement in a number of bombing incidents; through its overseas assistance to a number of countries in the South Pacific; and, through its role in responding to the December 2004 South-East Asian tsunami. In this chapter I will consider the work of the AFP in the above incidents, our pathway of learning, and how we are trying to make a difference by building capacity with our regional colleagues and partners. It would be presumptuous to say that the AFP experience is unique or that it is an international benchmark but there will be undoubted parallels with the experience of others and, I am certain, common themes.
|Title of host publication||Forensic Approaches to death, Disaster and Abuse|
|Place of Publication||Sydney, Australia|
|Publisher||Australian Academic Press|
|Number of pages||25|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|