…When the work of the Rescue Team is done, the sad job of identifying the bodies begins…

Horst Engel, IDKO BKA

Genesis

Several years ago INTERPOL imposed the recommendation that member countries should have a team of DVI specialists at their disposal to be able to assist the on-site teams with the identification of their own respective national subjects. Most INTERPOL member countries have recognized the necessity and advantages and have founded their own DVI teams. 

During the 90's, based on INTERPOL's recommendations, the Police Commanders of the Swiss cantons (KKPKS) formed a workgroup to establish the structure of a DVI team. In 2000, at the Police Commanders conference, the project was approved and the DVI team was founded in it's present form. Since the 1st of January 2001 even Switzerland has his own DVI-Team.

Principality of Liechtenstein

The Principality of Liechtenstein became an official associate member of the Swiss DVI team in 2002 and can subsequently contribute to and profit from it's service end the event of a catastrophe.