EVOFINDER technology to enhance forensic capabilities of Moldova’s internal affairs system

Chisinau, July 5, 2024 – The Minister of Internal Affairs, Adrian Efros, attended the signing of an agreement between the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Moldova. This agreement marks the donation of the EVOFINDER integrated ballistics management system to the Technical-Criminalistic and Forensic Expertise Center of the General Inspectorate of Police. This donation from the French Government will significantly bolster the ability of the internal affairs system to prevent and investigate crimes related to illicit trafficking of firearms and ammunition. Ultimately, this will lead to improved security and protection for all citizens.

The innovative EVOFINDER ballistics testing equipment features high-performance, secure computerized stations, a database and a 3D scanner that allows for direct scanning of bullets and cartridge casings with automatic 3D imaging. This technology enables faster and more accurate identification of weapons involved in criminal activities, significantly reducing investigation time.

Along with the specialized software, the donation includes essential elements for the proper use and maintenance of the system, as well as training activities for user personnel. The high-tech device, a first for the Republic of Moldova, will expedite forensic expertise and shorten processing times. It will also strengthen the National Focal Point for Firearms established in Moldova at the recommendation of the EU, thereby enhancing the security of citizens not only in our country but also throughout the European Union.

“This advanced system will enhance our ability to identify, trace, and manage small arms and light weapons, contributing to both internal security and regional cooperation”, said Minister Efros. “We are grateful to the French Government for this generous support, which enables us to modernize our security infrastructure and ensure a safer future for our citizens. Together, we are stronger and more effective in our mission”.

According to the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the French Republic to the Republic of Moldova, this donation is part of the Franco-Moldovan cooperation in the field of internal security, particularly in combating organized crime. “We must ensure that arms trafficking, a destabilizing factor, does not gain foothold in the region. I am confident that the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Moldova will make effective use of this system, which will help intensify cooperation with key partners, including France”, the Ambassador said.

“One of the priorities of the Moldovan police is to streamline efforts to combat and prevent arms trafficking. The EVOFINDER system, which enables the immediate exchange of data and information with European partners, will help us respond quickly and mitigate the risks of further crimes. This will support our goal of aligning with European standards,” said Viorel Cernăuțean, head of the General Inspectorate of Police. In recent years, the cooperation with the French Government has materialized in visits, internships, and various training programs for Moldovan forensic experts in French forensic laboratories.