Tasmanian officers to help in MH17

Two Tasmanian Police officers have been deployed to the Netherlands to help identify victims of the MH17 disaster.

First Class Constable Rod Walker, from Launceston and Constable Katrina Chivers, from Burnie, left the country this morning.

As disaster victim identification specialists, they will match victim and missing persons data to ensure that victim's remains are returned to their families.

Along with other regional specialists, First Class Constable Walker and Constable Chivers will use a range of forensic science techniques in their tasks, including accessing dental records, fingerprints and DNA profiling.

Minister for Police and Emergency Management Rene Hidding said Tasmania Police was recognised for having a range of exceptional policing skills.

"Today's deployment highlights why we are justly proud of our officers," Mr Hidding said.

"This difficult work is about reuniting the families of MH17 victims with their loved ones; bringing them home to rest in dignity and peace."

It is anticipated that the officers will be overseas for two weeks.

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