Associate partners/not co-beneficiaries of the grant:
Characteristics of the Project :
Summary (REF APPLICATION FORM: 2.1.9):
Development, Preparation and Performance of an ENFSI International Proficiency Test on Shot Range Estimation
Along with the examinations of firearms discharge residues, the estimation of the distance from where a shot was performed forms the basis for the forensic recovery of physical evidence when firearms offenses are concerned and thus contributes to the reconstruction and clarification of such offenses.
The quality of the analysis results as well as effective communication between forensic scientists and police investigators are prerequisites for achieving success in joint European efforts to fight against firearms crime. The concept of the proficiency test is applied here to give laboratories /forensic institutions an opportunity to assess the efficiency of their staff and of the equipment used and to arrive at a comparable standard of performance by optimising measuring and testing methods.
The project makes use of the experience and results gained from previous international proficiency tests on gunshot residues carried out during the past years (e.g. ISEC projects JLS/2008/ISEC/112 and JLS/2008/ISEC/110) regarding the preparation, conduct and evaluation of proficiency tests. A special developed sample material, based on a patent hold by the Forensic Science Institute of the BKA, will be used that fulfils all requirements on proficiency testing materials as demanded in ISO 5725.
The goal of the project is to engender transparency for scientific assessment and a high standard in forensic investigation and should help to harmonise forensic investigative methods for firearms crime throughout Europe as demanded in the Polish Initiative under the Polish Presidency.
This project, the development and the performance of a proficiency testing scheme for chemographic colouring methods for Gunshot Residue Analysis is part of the ENFSI activities towards a European/worldwide harmonisation of forensic investigation methods in firearms related crimes, and will provide new representative sample material for a high-standard, reliable method.
Partners from DE, FI, NL, BE
Participants from AT, BE, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, IE, IT, LT, LU, LV, NL, PL, PT, SE, SK, IL, CH, US, NO, AU
The project proposal is targeted at solving the everyday needs of law enforcement community especially fighting organised criminality. The professional capacity of the Applicant and the involved partners serves as a basis for thorough and in depth analysis and effective solutions that can be transferred to the participating countries and beyond. The budget planning and the proposed time frame are relevant for the planned activities and the expected results. The Applicant has foreseen relevant information and experience dissemination activities and the results of the project are most likely to continue the process of standardisation of the forensic work within the EU MS.
The objective, selected measures and the expected results of the project are in line with the priority of the Call and the Internal security strategy.
The Applicant has relevant knowledge and experience about the past and current developments in the area and the project proposal is directly linked with the previous initiatives in this concrete field. The objectives are clearly defined and the expected results well described. The deliverables could be explained in more detail. The potential risks are appropriately defined and the mitigation actions set up. The quality of the service provided by the subcontractor should also be included among the risks for the success of the project.
The proposed methodology, although relevant for reaching the expected results, could be elaborated in more detail. The selected actions are relevant although the length of the planned meetings could be reduced. The time frame set by the Applicant is realistic. The choice of partners is adequate.
The project partners are planned to be involved in the Organisation Committee with precisely defined tasks and responsibilities. The project team has relevant professional expertise and the Applicant organisation has large experience in implementation of EU funded projects (though not reflected in the Application form). The monitoring and evaluation activities as reflected by the Applicant could be more structured.
The project is innovative. As the Applicant states: "up to now no proficiency test on shot range estimation is existing within Europe". The project will lead to a European proficiency test on shot range determination.
- The capacity of the Applicant and the involved partners is appropriate for reaching the expected results.
3. What are the weaknesses of the proposal:
- The involvement of subcontractor can contain risks for reaching the defined results.
- Some of the planned meetings could be shortened thus increasing the cost effectiveness of the proposal.
4. Comments on the Budget:
The proposed actions are appropriately reflected in the budget form. However it has to be noted that the Application form says that the Applicant plans to elaborate guidelines and best practice manuals. The budget form does not include calculations for these expenses.
The functions and the number of involved staff is appropriate. The salary level is appropriate for the relevant function and the country.
Travelling expenses and the number of meetings is relevantly justified by the Applicant; however the duration of the meetings (e.g. final meeting) could be shorter and more cost effective.
Concerning heading E, other costs, they correspond to the Guide for applicants and additional justification documentation is attached.
The planned seminars and workshops are relevant to reach the expected results. The involvement of other (non EU) countries is also justified as only detailed and thorough international expertise can bring the best results.
The use of subcontractors is justified and well-targeted.