Police delegation of the Mongolian Ministry of the Interior paid a visit to the Central Internal Affairs Directorate in the Sverdlovsk region. In the course of the visit to the capital of the Middle Ural, the group was headed by Ganbat Tsodongoo, police lieutenant colonel, who was accompanied by Mandal Sandagsuren and Erbold Amarbayasgalan, two policemen in rank of “sergeant major” from the Scientific Center of Forensic Investigation of the Mongolian Ministry of the Interior. The key-object of the visit was acquaintance with the experience gained by the Ural policemen in the sphere of operating with the PAPILLON Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (PAPILLON AFIS).
Mongolian visitors arrived in Yekaterinburg from Miass, a town in Chelyabinsk region where they had been acquiring skills in using the PAPILLON system for 10 days. It should be noted that this up-to-date technical complex was worked up in 1990-s exactly in Miass. The Central Internal Affairs Directorate in the Sverdlovsk region is one of the first that purchased the system and has been successfully applying it for years. The system is effectually used in work aimed at crime detection, including solutions of crimes “hot on the trail” as well as those committed a few years ago.
Mongolian Ministry of the Interior has recently purchased equipment of this kind. In order to provide effective and uninterrupted operation of the equipment, Mongolian representatives were sent to Russia for training. The delegation determined to visit Yekaterinburg inasmuch as the Regional Central Internal Affairs Directorate is one of the progressive subdivisions in this sphere.
PAPILLON appeared in the Central Internal Affairs Directorate in Sverdlovsk region in 2006. According to Olga Popovich, police captain, the head of the PAPILLON AFIS department in the Information Center, at present time the computer database contains 3,070,000 tenprint cards and about 80,000 latents lifted at the scenes of crimes committed over the whole territory of the Ural Federal District.
On the average, a thousand of tenprint cards is registered daily. In experts’ opinion, to argue PAPILLON’s effectiveness now equals to doubts about computer equipment effectiveness. If formerly, before the development of the system, policemen had to spend the whole day looking over tenprint cards manually in order to identify one’s dead body, then nowadays this procedure takes the officers of the Information Center in the Central Internal Affairs Directorate no more than 15 minutes.
PAPILLON renders invaluable assistance to the staff of operational subdivisions, primarily to the staff of the Criminal Investigation Department, in arresting malefactors and bringing them to criminal account. Only in 2008, 2157 crimes, among which were 170 murders, 102 cases of brigandage, 141 robberies, 1460 thefts of various kinds and 284 other crimes, were solved with the help of this technical equipment.
The delegates from Mongolia communicated with the specialists from the Central Internal Affairs Directorate personally and observed the equipment’s functioning. Mongolian police officers were impressed by the fact that the bulk of the staff who maintains the system consists of nice young women-officers. In addition, the women-officers appeared to be very hospitable, they regaled Mongolian guests with aromatic tea and sweets and had a picture taken as a memento of the visit. Mongolian police officers left their Yekaterinburg colleagues in elevated mood in all certainty that the visit would stick in their memory.
As Ganbat Tsodongoo, the head of the delegation, noted in his interview to journalists, thefts constitute the most entangled knot of burning problems in Mongolia. The percentage of such crimes solved is about 80%. However, the government of the country has found resources to purchase the PAPILLON soft-and-hardware to provide more effective struggle with thieves of every sort and kind.
press office of the Central Internal Affairs Directorate in the Sverdlovsk region