Institute of Criminalistics
Dr. Zoltán Hautzinger PhD, Associate Professor
Head of Institute
Associate Professor Hautzinger is interested in teaching criminal procedure law. His research topics are as follows: constitutional definition and types of Hungarian police (investigative) authorities, theoretical and practical questions of military procedure law, principles of forensic identification and various fields of forensic science (examination of firearms or explosives, identification of human odour, etc.).
Office: H-1083 Budapest, Farkasvölgyi str. 12., Main Building, Floor III, Room 330.
Phone: (36) 1 432 9000/ 19151
The primary purpose of the establishment of the Institute of Criminalistics was to provide the personnel for the launch of the MA program in Criminalistics at the Faculty of Law Enforcement, as well as to ensure the academic background to the higher education of Criminalistics within the training programs of police officers and other training programmes.
In addition to the educational profile, the other major function of the Institute of Criminalistics is to constantly monitor new foreign tendencies, innovations, approaches, procedural practices, regulatory models and technological innovations of the ever changing law enforcement sciences, as well as to deliver these to the students, on one hand, and to the professionals, on the other.
Sharing information about new scientific achievements and merits is regarded as immensely important by the Hungarian professional public. Accordingly, the Institute pays special attention to organising scientific forums, conferences and workshops since these events provide an opportunity for professional dialogues between experts working in different areas, and between law enforcement experts of theory and those of practice.
Institutionalized forms of building relationships are also required for the effective exchange of information and experience. Therefore, the Institution strives to closely cooperate with every policing and judicial body, the prosecution, the Hungarian Institute for Forensic Sciences and the Educational Centre of the National Police Department in Dunakeszi.
Besides education, research, and international cooperation, the Institute of Criminalistics places special emphasis on curriculum development. In accordance with its educational profile, the Institute wishes to contribute greatly to the professional literature of Criminalistics and Forensic Sciences, ranging from theory to each methodological recommendation in Criminalistics.
The Institute has four Departments:
- Department of Policing Strategies
- Department of Tactics and Methods in Criminalistics
- Department of Criminal Techniques
Department of Policing Strategies
Head of Department: Lt.Col. Dr. Bence Mészáros PhD, Associate Professor
The Department of Policing Strategies was founded as a new department of The Criminal Investigation Institute on the 1st of September, 2015. The establishment of this new Department is justified by the fact that courses related to forensic science theory had to be developed and taught. Additionally, this new Department monitors the international trends in the science of law enforcement.
In the focus of the Department’s research and educational activities is the criminal strategy, which is the fourth and the youngest branch of criminology. This discipline summarizes the knowledge of planning and carrying out measures aimed at reducing crime. Accordingly, the main task of the Department is to implement the prevailing theories in criminology in teaching, as well as to do research in specific ideas in criminal strategies and display their results in education.
The head of the Department is also the Chairman of the Scientific Student Council, so this way the departmental staff are active organizers and supporters of the scientific student activity, which is considered to be the most significant area of the students’ self-training.
Department of Tactics and Methods in Criminalistics
Head of Department: Pol. Col. Dr. med. Miklós Angyal PhD, Associate Professor
The Department of Tactics and Methods in Criminalistics evolved out of the Forensic Department, which occurred concurrently with the establishment of the Forensic Institute. Its main task is to teach criminal tactics skills with a special focus on criminal investigations (proof procedures, coercion, interrogation tactics, planning and organizing tactics of the investigation). This is in the context of both theoretical and practical lessons, as the successful conduct of such investigations cannot be mastered only in the framework of theoretical training.
Criminal methodology summarizes knowledge concerning the various types of criminal investigations, so in the portfolio of our Educational Department the courses are mapped according to the main types of crimes a detective must be familiar with in order to be able to carry out successful practical work, and effectively investigate in the different (sometimes significantly different) criminal matters.
The popularity of the various criminal tactics and methodological issues also enables the Department's contribution to the scientific work of many students by organizing scientific student activities.
Department of Criminal Techniques
Head of Department: Pol. Col. Prof. Dr. Erzsébet Balláné Füszter PhD, Professor
The Department of Criminal techniques seceded from the former Forensic Department, simultaneously with the foundation of the Forensic Institute. The Department - according to its denomination – teaches theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of criminal techniques in all BA specializations at the Faculty of Law Enforcement. During their studies, students learn in the forensic laboratories the most important ways of tracking and trace capturing, acquiring a theoretical knowledge of criminal techniques, which enables them to use the forensic system.
The Department’s teachers conduct scientific research in the history of forensic science, forensic identification, forensic handwriting and document examination as well as in the possible ways of personal identification. In the Erasmus training program, the Department instructors take part in the education of foreign students, too.