Breaking NEWz you can UzE...
compiled by Jon Stimac
Suspects' Fingerprints Found in Spain Home –
GUARDIAN, UK - Mar 27, 2004 ... police
searching a home believed to have been used to prepare the Madrid
commuter train bombs found fingerprints from two prime suspects...
Workers Fingerprinted –
RECORD-SEARCHLIGHT, CA - Mar 26, 2004 ...
1,000 Wal-Mart distribution center employees were fingerprinted in
hope of controlling access to large amounts of pseudoephedrine...
New Fingerprint ID Machine Nabs 140
– SABC NEWS, SO AFRICA - Mar 26, 2004
... a new finger printing machine linked to a
national crime database to check on prisoners already incarcerated
at the Johannesburg Prison...
Double Murder Suspect Convicted – CBS NEW
YORK, NY - Mar 25, 2004 ...suspect’s
thumbprint was found on a plastic bag that was used to suffocate the
Several have e-mailed regarding when this years
CLPEX.com T-shirt logo contest will begin... so I guess it's about time for it
to begin! Be thinking about those fingerprint related slogans, and get
ready to send them in. I'll give you one more week to think about it, and
next week I'll make the formal request for entries in the 2004 CLPEX.com T-shirt
Last week, we read the summary and
introduction to the "Observer Effects in Forensic Science" article; the entire
article has been placed on the CLPEX.com Reference
page in its entirety. This week, Paul Brannon shares a recent find
regarding latent print documentation.
Small Adhesive Numbers/Letters for Latent Print Documentation
by Paul Brannon
I decided to share this idea with readers of the Weekly Detail regarding
the use of the adhesive numbers in latent print work.
occasions I have saved the little self-adhesive numbers and letters that come
with video cassettes and applied them next to fingerprints on surfaces before
photographing and lifting the images. Benefits are that the number/letter
appears exactly in the photograph as it does in the lift, and becomes the
number/letter of that latent print. However, I have found a few minor problems
with this technique:
1. In the summer, tabs kept in hot vehicles soon ruin
occasion it has been difficult to keep tabs stocked at all times in a vehicle,
fingerprint case or file folder
3. It is
sometimes difficult to get people (OK… to get COPS) to save them and not
stick them in the video package as evidence
To address these problems, I located a possible solution. I found a label
making company that makes pocket-sized pre-made labels in a booklet (a-z, 0-15,
+,-,/). I found these really handy, convenient and practical to manage. Connex-Electronics
booklets online for $13.10 each, with price breaks for larger
The website address is:
On their website, search part # PWM-PK-2. You will notice that there are also
refills available. I haven't personally ordered any from the company yet… A
doper was nice enough to have their vehicle forfeited and the booklet I am
currently using was "donated" to me. But I thought I would go ahead and write
up the Detial so perhaps this product may help other technicians and examiners.
Also as a
side note, I did not research any other available similar items on their website
or any other company, so there may be other available products that perform just
as well or better.
If anyone knows of any other products, or would like to relate a similar idea,
message board is always open: (http://www.clpex.com/phpBB/viewforum.php?f=2)
More formal latent print discussions are available at
FUNNY FINGERPRINT FIND
Comments on obtaining inked prints:
the hardest to take prints from, because they put all that foo-foo
stuff on their hands."
Submitted by Jon Stimac
Become an indispensable employee
Does your boss depend on you and seek your advice? If not, it's time to
step up an dmake yourself indispensable. Solve problems and you'll be
viewed as a critical part of the team. Here's how:
Listen, listen, listen. Find out what influential people are
talking about. Excessive labor costs? An inability to crack a
certain market? Shoddy workmanship?
Ask questions. Take the initiative and ask someone who's "in
the know" about the concerns of higher management. "Darrell, what's
keeping us from having a better year? Why isn't our profit ratio higher?
Why is our competition doing better than we are?" Your interest alone will
make you appear more aware, and that will enhance your manager's estimation of
Roll up your sleeves and work. Now that you know what your
organization's problems are, you can help solve them. Set aside 15 minutes
every morning to think about solutions. Research the issue. Read
trade publications and discuss your readings with a co-worker or friend.
Talking sometimes brings inspiration. With a little bit of research and
hard work, you'll be amazed at how many viable solutions to your organization's
problems you can come up with.
Indispensable Employee, Eric Weber,
via Communication Briefings,
January 2004, 800.722.9221, briefings.com.
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