Steps already taken
The NFI has already taken the following steps to create the basis for the Forensics in Nuclear Security – Sharing Knowledge project:
- Nuclear Forensics Lexicon
The NFI has set up the online forum, and will be responsible for moderating it.
- Survey of Best Practices
The NFI is currently exploring appropriate ways of collecting information on best practices and moderating subsequent discussion.
- Education and Training Curriculum
As a first step in developing the Education and Training Curriculum, the NFI and the Dutch National Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism and Security have together set up an international Tabletop Exercise (TTX), to be held in November 2012 in The Hague, the Netherlands. During the exercise, participants will have to cope with a radiological or nuclear incident involving explosives, a breach of cyber security and crucial forensic traces. In addition to the NFI, the following organisations will be taking part: IAEA, Interpol, UNICRI, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch National Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism and Security. Based on an analysis of the outcomes of this exercise, priorities will be identified for inclusion in the Curriculum.
In cooperation with IAEA and Interpol, the following training modules have already been prepared or are under development:
Forensic Awareness – An introduction to forensic principles, concerns, procedures and methods (including an e-learning module on the caesium seizure case)
Crime Scene Training – Practical training for all in how to behave on a crime scene (including a serious gaming exercise called CSI The Hague)
Crime Scene Management – Practical training for law enforcement officers in how to manage a crime scene to ensure that forensic evidence is not disturbed
Handling Radioactive Samples – Practical instruction for law enforcement officers on how to take, pack and transport radioactive samples for analysis