Good morning via the "Detail," a weekly e-mail newsletter that greets
latent print examiners around the globe every Monday morning. The purpose of the
Detail is to help keep you informed of the current state of affairs in the
latent print community, to provide an avenue to circulate original
fingerprint-related articles, and to announce important events as they happen in
Last week, we heard about the
Mitchell appeal based on a report of two attendees of the hearing in Pennsylvania.
This week, I updated the Mitchell page with some new information made available
by Glenn Langenburg. Check out the updated information (the Mitchell link
is off the main CLPEX.com home page), complete with size notations and "new"
markers. Also, this week we review the new IAI requirements for latent
print certification, passed by the board just a couple of weeks ago. The
main changes are:
-minimum experience (3 to 2 years)
-10-print substitution for 1 year of
full-time experience dropped
-education requirements changed and
A. General Qualifications
An applicant for certification must be of good moral character, high integrity,
good repute, and must possess a high ethical and professional standing.
Applicants must provide a signed statement affirming the IAI Latent Print
Certification Code of Ethics.
B. Technical Training
Minimum of 80 hours of formal training in latent print matters
C. Basic Experience
Minimum of two (2) years' full-time experience in the comparison and
identification of latent print material and related matters
If less than full-time experience for the given time period is possessed, times
must be accumulated to reach an acceptable minimum
A Bachelor's Degree plus two (2) years full-time experience as required by
a. An Associates Degree (or documentation of 60 semester hours
or 90 quarter hours of college credits) plus three (3) years full-time
experience as a latent print examiner equals the Bachelor's Degree requirements
b. Four (4) years full-time experience as a latent print
examiner required by Section 3.C equals the Bachelor's Degree requirement
Educational requirements are not applicable to re-certification
post on Zeno's Forensic Page
how long do you think the retina would survive in a removed
eye for it to
work in a "retina scanning" security system? Would it lose its characteristics
instantly or would it survive for any length of time? I
guess I should be asking the same question for a print on a removed thumb /
finger. Has anybody ever researched this?
I ask as I consult on risk / security issues.
RE: retina scanners
I thought these things relied as much on blood flow as retinal/digit
individuality. The products I've dealt with won't work on a removed eyeball or
(Don't ask how RE: knows this!!)
Submitted by Sandra Wiese, fingerprint examiner with
the Northglenn Police Department in Colorado.