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Fingerprint Expert Testifies –
REDLANDS DAILY FACTS, CA
- Apr 20, 2007 ...a fingerprint examiner testified in a
case of murder, kidnapping, carjacking and home invasion robbery...
Fingerprints for Sodas –
DAILY ATHENAEUM, WV -
2007 ...three university students have
created a biometrics system that allows people to scan their
fingertips on a vending machine...
Fingerprint Science Makes its Mark
NEWS ONLINE, UK-
2007 ...finding fingerprints at a crime scene has been a
staple of forensic police work for decades...
Fingerprints Give a Hand to Security
– WALL STREET
- Apr 12, 2007
...fingerprints are increasingly becoming the preferred way to use
to verify an individual's identity...
Recent CLPEX Posting Activity
containing new posts
Moderated by Steve Everist
Epic Struggle -- Science versus Dogma
Pat A. Wertheim 263 22 Apr 2007 12:56 pm
Statistics and Misidentifications - The weeks Detail
Michele Triplett 2304 22 Apr 2007 09:25 am
Mass Supreme Judicial Court on Amicus Briefs
L.J.Steele 56 20 Apr 2007 09:55 pm
Charles Parker 65 20 Apr 2007 08:12 pm
Stephany Louk-Denney 211 20 Apr 2007 07:50 pm
Thomas Taylor 2610 20 Apr 2007 10:29 am
Presentation to Juries
Dick Dastardly 167 18 Apr 2007 09:42 pm
UPDATES ON CLPEX.com
updates on the website this week.
we looked at Judge Coffey's ruling on the Motion
to Reconsider in the NH Langill case.
Joe Polski brings us
relevant portions of the April 2006 IAI Update.
Hello again from the IAI office.
2007 San Diego Conference
The program for the 2007 International Educational Conference in San Diego
is now posted in the conference section of the IAI’s website, www.theiai.org
Please note that it is now possible to register for the conference at this
time. The program, subject to minor changes, is on the website so attendees
can begin to plan for the workshops and lectures they may want to attend and
also as information for attendees who may need to get approval from their
order to attend. The printed booklet will be mailed to all IAI members
around April 20th.
I would like to congratulate the IAI’s Educational Program Planner Jim
Gettemy on a most outstanding job of putting together this year’s program.
It is absolutely phenomenal and attendees will find a broad range of
excellent topics both in the workshops and the lecture sessions.
If you are planning to attend the San Diego Conference, it is not too early
to make hotel reservations. We’re told there are several other events
happening in San Diego at the same time as the Conference so it would be
wise to reserve a room early in order to take advantage of the IAI’s room
block and conference
To reserve a room, please contact:
Town and Country Resort and Convention Center
500 Hotel Circle North
San Diego, CA 92108
Room Rate: $129 Single/Double
Reservations: (800) 772-8527 (US Only) or (619) 291-7131
Several administrative events will take place during the conference. The
IAI’s Board of Directors will
meet on July 20, 21 and 22nd. If anyone has items to be considered by the
board, please send them to the
Board Chair, Joe Maberry at email@example.com or to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
ATTN: Divisions Please Note
If you would like a table or space to display your division merchandise
during the San Diego Conference,
please contact the IAI’s Conference Planner, Candy Murray at email@example.com
or by phone at (407)
IAI Member Survey
All IAI members will receive a survey this spring from the Bureau of
Business and Economic Research
(BBER) at West Virginia University. This survey, sponsored by a grant from
the National Institute of
Justice, is the first comprehensive survey of forensic identification
professionals and has been endorsed
by the IAI board and leadership. The survey results will provide meaningful
information on current
practices as well as advancing the contribution of forensic services to the
criminal justice system and
society. This research is part of a larger study by BBER of the forensic
community and its economic
contributions and business practices.
Many of you are undoubtedly familiar with the publication titled Census of
Publicly Funded Crime
Laboratories, 2002, a document that provides a great deal of information
regarding crime laboratories,
workload, staffing, backlogs etc. While that information is very useful
there is no similar data
regarding non-crime laboratory forensic service providers, including those
who work in identification or
similar units in law enforcement agencies. This survey is the first effort
to identify and quantify
information about those types of units.
The survey results are very much dependent on the responses by the IAI
members. The IAI leadership
encourages members to take part in this first large-scale fundamental
research of their field by
completing and returning the survey as soon as possible. To encourage return
of the surveys, BBER will
conduct a random drawing from respondents for one of two iPod nano players.
If there are questions about
the survey, please contact Dr. Kanybek Nur-tegin at 304.293.5837 or
Please also feel free to contact me at the IAI office if you have questions.
It is hoped that enough data will be collected to present at least
preliminary survey results at this
summer’s conference in San Diego, CA.
Divisions Please Note - Certification Testing
An issue has arisen that requires clarification with respect to
certification testing. The issue is:
“Who can proctor certification examinations”?
Longstanding IAI policies require that in all instances where practicable, a
test proctor be certified in
the discipline for which the test is being administered. There is no
requirement that a test proctor be
a member of the division certification committee. It is not required and
would not be practical. Take a
large state such as California or Texas or Florida and it is readily
apparent that it is not possible for
three people to cover the state.
The process works like this. The division committee chair, to whom the
letter of approval is typically
addressed, responds back to the certification board and identifies a proctor
for the test. It may be a
committee member, it may not. Most often it is not. There is nothing that
members from proctoring a test and was that not the practice, the process
would grind to a halt. Keep in
mind that only a handful of divisions have committees for some of the
smaller programs such as Tenprint
or Forensic Photography. Through an agreement with other certification
boards, someone certified in the
crime scene or latent print discipline often proctors those tests. The only
requirement is that the
person proctoring the test must be certified. Someone who is not certified
cannot proctor the test with
one exception. Occasionally a certification board finds itself in a
situation where there is no
certified person to proctor the test within, lets say, 100 miles
of the applicant. In that case a college testing center may be used or, on
occasion, a training officer
in a law enforcement agency has been used as a proctor.
Divisions Please Note: Requirements for Recertification
Another problem that occasionally arises – and has again recently – is the
matter of continuing
employment or activity in the certified discipline. This most often arises
when a certified individual
has retired and wishes to keep their certification. Please note the
following paragraph from the
Certification Board Policy Manual:
VII. REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTIFICATION
A. General Qualifications
An applicant for certification must be employed in the discipline in which
they are applying for
certification, must be of good moral character, high integrity, good repute,
and must possess a high
ethical and professional standing (See Sections IV & V). All applicants for
certification will be
required to meet all currently published standards for their individual
discipline(s). A complete list
of standards, requirements and study materials is available from the
certification board secretary or
from the IAI web site.
Applicants for certification or recertification shall require documentation
of continued relevant
forensic science work experience, the requirements for which shall be
defined by the certification body.
It is a non-negotiable requirement that anyone applying for recertification
must be actively involved in
the discipline for which they are being recertified. This happens
occasionally in the crime scene
discipline and perhaps others. It is highly unlikely that a retired
individual is actively doing crime
scene investigation work. There are a few exceptions such as teaching or
working for an insurance
company – doing arson investigation for example – but those are quite few
and far between.
In order to keep intact the integrity of IAI certification programs, all who
wish to recertify must meet
the above requirements.
Forensic Science/Identification Management Training
Are you a manager of a crime laboratory or other forensic science unit or
division? If so, you might
want to consider the training outlined below being offered by West Virginia
University (WVU). I received
this from Maria Yester at WVU. She is on the faculty of WVU and has
extensive experience in management
training both in the public and private sectors. Her experience, coupled
with the forensic resources at
WVU, makes this an exciting opportunity for both new and experienced
managers of forensic services. Best
of all, this training is entirely free of charge – and that includes
transportation and lodging - to you
and your agency. Offered in conjunction with the National Institute of
Justice (NIJ), this training is
designed to address the oft-cited need for training of forensic managers.
Often the best practitioners
are promoted into management positions but the skills required as managers
are quite different from those
required as an analyst. Here is an opportunity
to round out those
WVU Announces the
Forensic Management Academy™
(Cost of Development, Tuition, Travel, & Lodging Funded by the NIJ)
The WVU College of Business and Economics Center for Executive Education, in
collaboration with the
National Institute of Justice, announces the first of two offerings of the
Forensic Management Academy ™
(FMA). This unique program is specifically designed for current and aspiring
managers, law enforcement professionals and other forensic service providers
interested in how
contemporary business practices can improve the field of forensics.
Through customized case studies, interactive classroom projects, and
lecture, forensic service providers
will explore contemporary business topics as they relate specifically to
working in a forensic laboratory
or agency. Particular emphasis will be placed on managing in an environment
where many functions and
processes are legislatively mandated (salaries, budgets, discipline, etc.).
These topics will be explored
in an application based learning environment where the learning is designed
for immediate application
back at your agency or laboratory. This unique one-week program will examine
business and leadership
topics including leadership development and succession planning, business
skills and their application,
conflict resolution, budget and finance, motivation, strategy, as well as
performance and project
Those interested in improving their individual and organizational knowledge
of contemporary business
practice as it applies to forensics should visit this website for more
specific information about
application and program details. Application deadline is April 20, 2007.
With supervisory approval,
twenty (20) forensic professionals representing a cross section based on
laboratory/agency size, scope,
and services will be selected to participate in this training, courtesy of
The National Institute of
Training will occur September 9th to 14th, 2007, near the West Virginia
University Campus in Morgantown,
WV. Individual laboratories may be responsible for incidental costs. Details
regarding the second
offering in the spring of 2008 on the West Coast will be confirmed and
posted on the website by November
For more information or to apply to the program, visit www.be.wvu.edu/execed/fma.htm
National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Committee
The second meeting of the Committee on Identifying the Needs of the Forensic
Sciences Community will be
held on April 23-24, 2007 in the Lecture Room of the National Academy of
Sciences, 2100 C Street, NW.
The meeting is free and open to the public, however seating is limited. To
view the agenda and register,
please go to http://www7.nationalacademies.org/stl/
The IAI was invited to suggest names of folks who could inform the committee
about the current status as
well as research needs in the areas of fingerprint identification and
Ed German will speak to the Committee regarding fingerprints and Pete
Striupaitis, Chair of the IAI’s
Firearm/Toolmark sub-committee will speak about that subject.
Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations (CFSO)
The CFSO will hold the fourth annual Congressional Technology Fair in
Washington, DC on May 22, 2007. A
number of vendors have been invited to participate in this event that
showcases to congressional members
and staff various aspects of forensic technology and the forensics
community. The event will be held in
Room G50 of the Senate Dirkson Office Building.
August Vollmer IACP Award
In last month's Monthly Update, I mentioned the August Vollmer Award created
by the International
Association of Chief's of Police (IACP) to honor outstanding contributions
to the field of forensic
science. That information is reprinted below. Please consider making a
nomination of a deserving
individual or agency for that award. We all know of someone who has made a
significant contribution to
the field and deserves such an honor.
To recap, a while ago, the IACP formed a Forensic Committee to raise the
visibility of forensics within
the IACP community and represent that sector to the IACP membership. The
committee has held several
meetings the most recent of which was during last fall’s IACP Annual
Conference in Boston, MA. Board
member Mike Campbell and I are honored to be members of this committee.
During that meeting, the
Co-Chairs of the Committee, Ann Talbot, the Laboratory Director for the
State of New Mexico and Bill
Berger, Chief of Police of the City of Palm Bay, Florida announced the
finalization of the August Vollmer
Award for Excellence in Forensic Science. The particulars of the award can
be found by clicking on the
link shown below. Please take a minute to review the information regarding
this award and consider
nominating someone who has made a significant contribution to the field of
forensic science. As you will
note, some of the awards are for individuals and some for agencies.
At the Boston Meeting, the award was first shown, a very, heavy and elegant
medallion that is also
pictured on the above link.
Again, please take time to visit this link and give some thought to
nominating a deserving person for
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