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Turkish National Police – Bomb Disposal and Investigations Division

Turkish_national_police-ICON_e39f1daf5bLocation: Ankara, Turkey


Type: Police

The Turkish National Police Bomb Disposal and Investigations Division was established in 1978 and acts as the headquarters for all bomb disposal units in Turkey.

They are responsible for rendering safe IEDs and the investigation service, as well as the training of the bomb technicians and assignment planning.

The Bomb Technicians are dispatched to all reports of a bomb threat and are trained to carry out bomb sweeps of places where such a threat has been received.

The technicians will also collect evidence from hazardous devices and to post-blast investigation. Evidence can then be presented by the expert witnesses at the courts.

The investigations can aid specialist police units. They also provide police assistance with raids using entry teams with boobytrap detection and avoidance, and with search and destroy bomb making factory operations.

The Turkish Bomb Data Center (TBDC) is a part of this Division. The TBDC archives all the bombs events and has done so since 1978. The TBDC also provides information to bomb technicians about new threats.

The Division has trained many bomb disposal experts from abroad also, including those from; Gambia, Croatia, Palestine, Algeria, Jordan, Iraq, and Azerbaijan.

They are also part of two EU research projects on IEDs and other explosives: HYPERION – a hyperspectral imaging IED and explosives reconnaissance system – and Suicide Bomber Counteraction and Prevention (SUBCOP).

This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.