The first measures taken at a crime scene due to a detonation of an IED are the initiation of rescue actions. The responsible person is the rescue leader that has to coordinate the rescue team and at the same time fence in and establish a crime scene safety zone. The HYPERION tools will be used for investigating the type and amount of explosive used in the attack.


Stand-off forensic analysis of post-blast crime scenes

In parallel to the rescue actions the HYPERION system can be used. This includes the collection of forensic data and risk assessment of potentially suspected unexploded IEDs at safe distances using stand-off detection of the post-blast scene. The data from the HYPERION will supplement the work of the bomb disposal specialist in establishing a safe crime scene. In combination with the 3D registration of the crime scene, a reverse-event analysis can be performed giving the size of the charge and point of origin for the detonation. The forensic data will be tamper-proof documented and sent to the police instantaneously.

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Laboratory forensic sampling for confirmation

After the crime scene area has been secured, the laboratory forensic sampling and analysis can be started. In HYPERION, new and validated sampling protocols will be developed which will take into consideration increased sensitivity through new sampling materials, the stability of samples, optimised packaging procedures and the exclusion of contaminants in the samples used as evidence. The purposes are to further strengthen the forensic evidence obtained from the stand-off analysis and also to support the results obtained from the new forensic technology in order to confirm that the data are reliable.

FOI, Swedish Defence Research Agency 
Department of Energetic Materials
Grindsjön Research Centre
SE-147 25 Tumba