Götz Lingenthal, head of Germany’s Representative Office in Ramallah, and Jürgen Stock, vice-president of the Federal Criminal Police Office, presented an automated fingerprint identification system to the Palestinian police force on 9 January.
The handover ceremony took place in the presence of Said Abu Ali, Palestinian Minister of the Interior, and Major-General Hazem Attalah, head of the Palestinian police force, as well as representatives of the European police mission in the Palestinian territories.
The system was procured with Federal Office funds in close cooperation with the Federal Ministry of the Interior and was installed in Ramallah in the West Bank.
Nine Palestinian police officers have been trained in fingerprint identification technology in Germany so that the Palestinian police force can professionally handle the new system. More courses are to follow this year.