Professional Support to Rescue
Operations
Hong Kong Police Force - Disaster Victim Identification Unit

Exemplary Services@Gov
2013
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Established in 1975, the Disaster Victim Identification Unit (DVIU) is a dedicated team in the Hong Kong Police Force to provide fast, accurate and professional victim identification service during disasters. The team serves in rescue operations within the territory as well as in international disaster rescue operations outside Hong Kong.

Professionally trained to act fast when needed

The DVIU comprises some 300 members. All of them are serving criminal investigation detectives standing ready to be deployed to carry out victim identification service. All team members are trained to conduct victim identification according to Interpol standard, and prepared psychologically to carry out the job. Simulation exercises and inter-departmental drills are conducted periodically to make sure members will react quickly and carry out the investigation and identification work professionally at the scene of the disaster.

Members of the team attend overseas training and international conferences on the subject from time to time to keep themselves updated on the latest technologies and operation models. The operation model, skills employed and equipment used in the DVIU are of high international standard. Instead of getting to the disaster scene after the completion of rescue operation as practised in other countries, the DVIU has adopted the approach of deploying staff alongside frontline rescuers to disaster scenes, thus speeding up the identification process as well as relieving the work of rescuers.

Compassionate and wholehearted community service

Conducting victim identification during disasters is a highly stressful work. Team members need to handle their emotions and focus on the work calmly. Besides, they also make every effort to console the grieving relatives of victims in the process.

Members of the DVIU know their mission by heart, and always remember and act to live up to the motto "Respect the deceased, care for their families, act with professionalism, serve the community".