Federal Office of Police

Identification of individuals

Identification of individuals

Swift and positive identification of individuals is crucial to the work of federal, cantonal and communal police forces, the Border Guard Corps, the Federal Office for Migration, and the Department for Foreign Affairs. Various biometric data can be used for identification: fingerprints, prints of the ball of the thumb, and of the side of the hand as well as DNA profiles. The AFIS DNA Division, a unit at the Federal Office of Police, analyses print and DNA traces with the aid of AFIS, an automated fingerprint identification system, and CODIS, a DNA database. The above authorities rely on the AFIS DNA Service for the identification of living and dead persons. DNA technology can also connect a crime scene profile to a DNA database reference profile, thereby identifying a previously unknown suspect to the crime.