Forensic Investigation in the CBRN Contaminated Environment

The CBRN related crime scene is complex and is often compounded by many factors posing numerous challenges to the forensic teams during the post-event forensic examination of a CBRN incident. Scene safety, CBRN risk assessment, collection of samples in a contaminated environment, packing, transporting samples with contaminated material off-site safely, as well as analysis and unambiguous identification of CBRN material are some of the challenges we address. Whatever the risk associated with the use of CBRN material, our training specifies robust safety procedures to ensure quick access to the crime scene for first responders and forensic investigators.

Our capacity building services cover a wide spectrum of topics relevant to CBRN scene forensics to enable government agencies to strengthen their CBRN forensics response capabilities. Our mission summarizes decades of experience in dealing with CBRN hazards and the most effective countermeasures to mitigate them. Having conducted investigations into the use of chemical weapons we can share our own experiences and lessons learnt to help you bridge the gap.

Your partners in training
You are welcome to use the Core CBRN Training Facility at the Hiddingen Test Center in Germany. Here you can train a multitude of realistic scenarios under both, simulant and live agent conditions. We will help you design your CBRN forensic scenarios and our Health and Safety Officer ensures that every aspect of the training meets our stringent Health and Safety Standards. You are in charge of the training while we ensure your safety so your forensic teams can focus on the task at hand.

Target Audience:
Forensic specialists (all technical personnel and investigators such as: reporting officers as well as lab and crime-scene operators) who deal with CBRN terrorists-related crimes.
SIBCRA teams (Sampling and Identification of Biological, Chemical and Radiological Agents)
CBRN laboratory specialists who analyze CBRN samples and evidence in the lab (profiling and provenance).
CBRN First responders active in the hot-zone area

Consultancy projects
Through our interdisciplinary approach we offer a broad range of consultancy services to enable government agencies build their national capacity in CBRN forensics. Such services include assessing existing national CBRN capabilities and advising governments on a national CBRN strategy. We also provide technical assistance to relevant agencies on the procurement of the most suitable apparatus and materials to support protection, detection and decontamination operations. We assist with the development of robust procedures for sample collection and preparation techniques to maximise existing laboratory assets and layouts. Provide technical assistance to laboratory personnel to develop validated analytical techniques (portable and lab bench technologies) for CBRN forensic investigations.

Available publication
Book title: “Chemical Weapons and their verification process using advanced lab instruments.”

Core CBRN International is proud to present a book written by Mr. Mohammad Abuzaid about Chemical Forensic Investigation focusing on sample preparation and analysis at stationary laboratories. It is an amazing book about chemical weapons and their laboratory verification process, written with extraordinary scientific rigour and a passion for chemistry.

The purpose of the book is to assist ambitious developing states to establish their own laboratory capabilities for verification of any possible use of chemical agents. This is particularly relevant in circumstances when the chemical agent is degraded or when the chemical concentration is much lower than the detectable level of field devices.

The book, which is written in Arabic, covers the following subtopics:
a. Chemical agents and their physiological effects
b. The three schedules in the Chemical Weapons Convention CWC
c. Hydrolysis and degradation of chemical agents
d. Chemical Field Detectors
e. Sample collection procedures
f. Analytical techniques using GC, GC-MS, NMR Instrumentation.
g. General protection and decontamination methodologies

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