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Military Policemen on a hot trail – CSI Hungary

Text: First Lieutenant Szilvia Markovits | Photo: Photos by the authors |  13:21 October 12, 2023

In late September, led by Captain Michaela Lang, a four-man training team of the Ulm-based Feldjägerregiment (“Field Hunter” Regiment) of the Bundeswehr held a military Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) course for nominated personnel of the HDF Military Police Regiment at the Püspöszilágy training base.

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Thanks to the ongoing yearslong professional cooperation between the HDF Military Police Regiment and the Bundeswehr military police units, at the end of September the German colleagues conducted a three-day Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) course for soldiers of the Hungarian regiment.

During the training, Captain Lang and her team demonstrated how they train their own soldiers for carrying out CSI tasks. They taught the Hungarian soldiers basic skills and knowledge that they regularly use in their own country: the ways of scene processing, the use of tools appropriate for collecting various types of evidence, the search of the crime scene, and the preparatory and executive tasks related to different crimes.

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The classroom instruction shed light on how the partial tasks are built on each other in a complex crime scene investigation process, and prepared the course participants for using alternative methods of processing the scene to collect evidence in the absence of tools.

While performing practical tasks, military policemen had the opportunity to test their skills on prearranged scenes. In the classroom, Captain Lang outlined the crime to be investigated on the scene, and then the team set off to carry out the task. The senior officer assigned everyone their specific tasks, and together they discussed the questions to be asked on the crime scene, the sources of danger and the procedures to be applied.

Regimental Commander Colonel László Bartha also visited the course, and personally said thanks to the soldiers of the Feldjägerregiment for conducting the training by high professional standards. During the discussion of the possible ways for continuing the cooperation, it was revealed that the two military units are planning to organize the next stage of the training program in 2024.