Detecting forged documents, seals and stamps

The Criminal Records Unit of the Ministry of Justice certifies the authenticity of documents and provides citizens with non-conviction documents. In an effort to improve methods of detection of possible counterfeits and other false and fraudulent alterations of documents, seals and stamps, the Unit has expressed a need to strengthen its capacity in this area.

Responding to this need, and knowing that the Forensic Science Laboratory of the Palestinian Civil Police has this specific expertise, the Ministry of Justice and the Chief of the Palestinian Civil Police agreed, on the initiative of EUPOL COPPS, to engage experts from the Police Laboratory in Ramallah to deliver the detection training.

In January 2019, an initial two-day training on fraud detection for members of the Criminal Records Unit was organised by the Mission. Being rated by the participants as “the best training ever”, the Mission together with the Head of the Unit decided to repeat the training for those who were unable to attend the previous.

This second training session was successfully conducted on 22 and 23 July 2019 for the remaining eleven members of the Unit in the premises of the Ministry of the Interior in Ramallah.

During the training sessions, a comprehensive review of the different techniques to detect fraudulent undertakings was presented. The two trainers from the Forensic Science Laboratory also gave practical examples of fraudulent seals, stamps, signatures and banknotes. Again, the training was highly appreciated by the participants as a useful tool in their daily work.

Top Photo: One of the workshop participants is guided is checking the authenticity of a 100 NIS bill.
Bottom Photo 1: Proving how ink from some pens can be effectively erased with a lighter – use your own pen when you sign!
Bottom Photo 2: The training was successfully conducted in the premises of the Ministry of the Interior on 22 and 23 July 2019 for eleven members of the Criminal Records Unit of the Ministry of Justice.