A conference room in the headquarters of Europol in The Hague has been named after Juan Vucetich (Ivan Vucetic), a Croatian-born researcher and the founder of the modern dactyloscopy, that is a method of fingerprinting classification, the Croatian Interior Ministry stated on Thursday.
This new conference room was open in late 2015, and Croatia's liaison officer in Europol, Blaz Mamuza, had launched this initiative to name it after Vucetich,.
Vucetic was born in 1858 on the Croatian island of Hvar, then part of the Habsburg Monarchy. In 1882, he immigrated to Argentina. In 1891 Vucetich began the first filing of fingerprints based on ideas of Francis Galton which he expanded significantly. He became the director of the Centre for Dactyloscopy in Buenos Aires. At the time, he included the Bertillon system alongside the fingerprint files.
Mamuza was quoted as saying that naming a Europol conference room after the Croatian researcher would help promote the importance of Vucetic's role in fingerprinting classification.
Upon its admission to the European Union in mid-2013, Croatia also became a full member of Europol, the Union’s law enforcement agency whose main goal is to help achieve a safer Europe for the benefit of all EU citizens.