Breaking NEWz you can UzE...
compiled by Jon Stimac
First the Pain and Cruelty, Now Police Go For Broke –
SUNDAY HERALD, UK - April 11, 2004
... the Herald's Susan Flockhart
argues there is little justice to be found in the Shirley McKie
Cop Claim Could Ruin Print Woman – GLASGOW
EVENING TIMES, UK
- April 7, 2004
...former Officer who took her police
force to court over a wrong fingerprint ID faces financial ruin over
Are Fingerprints Really Infallible, Unique ID? –
- April 6, 2004
...prints being found at the crime
scene are conclusive, but a report published by
New Scientist claims that there is little scientific basis…
Fingerprint Expert Wavers in Nichols Case –
- April 6, 2004 ...An FBI
examiner said he mistakenly testified earlier in the week that he
had found prints on a piece of evidence in the Oklahoma City bombing
The 2004 IAI conference schedule
in St. Louis, MO is posted! Check out the program by discipline, choose
fingerprints, and see the great topics in store at the conference. Go to
let everyone know when the online registration form is available.
2004 St. Louis Conference
From the IAI office
Plans are well underway for the conference. The
conference program is now available on the IAI’s website (www.theiai.org).
Congratulations to Educational Program Planner Jim Gettemy for a superb job of
assembling a first class educational offering. Jim has been working for months
behind the scenes arranging speakers, workshops, room assignments and the
million other details it takes to put the program together. Please note the
program is now available but registration will not be open until sometime around
May 15th. By that time the conference registration booklets will
have been printed and mailed so those who do not have Internet access have an
equal opportunity to register for conference offerings.
Conference Planner Ann Punter along with other conference planning staff
recently visited St. Louis to make final arrangements for the upcoming event.
Please see the conference program on the Web for complete information on the
educational as well as social program for the conference.
It's time to vote! Pick your favorite CLPEX.com t-shirt slogan below and
e-mail me your favorite at firstname.lastname@example.org!
(it was 1:00 AM before I gave up on the survey script)
"Who Done It?????"
"THE FICKLE FINGER OF FATE"
"There when the dust settles"
"Had we but whorls enough and time..."
"I didn't see what you did, but I know who you are"
Very light/faint partial LP with a slogan:
"We see the fine prints."
"I was CSI before CSI was cool"
(Fingerprint with vodka bottle in the core)
Last week, Joe Polski, Chief
Operations Officer for the IAI and Chairperson for the CFSO, related that
we (as a discipline) need every bit of data we can possibly gather in order to present an accurate
summary of the needs and state of various forensic non-DNA disciplines to the
U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee. If you haven't filled out the
survey, it is still available on CLPEX.com (home page front and center).
This week, Ernie Hamm lets us know about his Latent Print Reference Index.
Print Reference Index
by Ernie Hamm
There has been a
new service added to the Lightning Powder Company (LPC) website at
www.redwop.com. It is a ‘Reference Index’ when individuals may want to find
information on certain subjects relating to various forensic examinations,
primarily in the areas of latent print and track evidence. The database is one
developed by Ernie Hamm over the years. This is only intended to direct a
person to a source for the information, it does not provide the article or
paper. There are other programs that do provide that service, such as the one
developed by Ed German for distribution by the IAI to make available the past
issues of their publications.
‘Reference Index’ contains over 2,300 citations dealing with various aspects of
latent print, footwear and tire track, and miscellaneous forensic examinations.
While there are other topics, such as ear prints, the material is primarily
latent print and track evidence oriented and most are from the following
Identification news ‑ 1971 to 1987 (when it changed to Journal
of Forensic Identification)
Journal of Forensic Identification ‑ 1988 to present
Identification Newsletter ‑ 1980 to 1983 (when it changed to
Identification Canada ‑ 1984 to present
Fingerprint Whorld ‑ 1978 to present
Many other articles cited are from other professional publications or sources
that have been selected at random.
The article source will be displayed in a four columns: 1) Title 2) Author
3) Publication 4) Comment
The comment section may include a brief explanation of the article's contents or
special applications. It can also have entries that aid in associating the
article with a particular topic. Some entries will have acronyms displayed that
relate to the article, NIN for ninhydrin, POW for powder, etc., which were used
for an earlier word processing search program and were carried over when
converted to the present program. A list of these is as follows.
Techniques for prints on skin
INK - Inked
IOD - Iodine
LAS - Laser
LEGAL - Legal
Miscellaneous examinations and articles
POW - Powder
Rhodamine 6G chemical
SAFE - Safety
SN - Silver
Special and other chemical methods
TT - Tiretrack
VOICE - Voice
choice of acronym may seem highly subjective and even questionable, but I took
my best shot at the time.
Maintenance on the index was set aside a few years ago and was just recently
restarted when it was requested to make it available at the Lightning Powder
Company (LPC) website,
www.redwop.com. The file was then converted to a more efficient searchable
database. Also, there will be entries seen that employ an ellipsis (…) for
missing words. The original search macro used in a WordPerfect format
restricted topic entries to a single line in a four line ‘paragraph’ and some
imagination had to be used to keep keywords intact while shortening article
titles, authors and comments. The present program can rely more on keywords in
title and comment and the use of acronyms is not necessary as it does not have
entry restrictions. The references are still being ‘caught up’ and the index
will be periodically updated for new and past information.
The program permits the user to select articles by keyword or author. Once a
keyword is enter, the program will ‘download’ references based up the search
For comments, questions and other corrections, please contact Ernie Hamm (email@example.com).
Any suggestions and error notification would be appreciated. In all the
conversions, WP51 to Word to Excel to the present program, there are probably
corrections to be made.
I hope this ‘service’ will be of value to all interested persons. To paraphrase
a commercial, “To accumulate data is knowledge, to share knowledge is
This is an excellent resource for latent
print examiners. It is commendable that over the years, Ernie has
responded to requests by searching his Reference Index and e-mailing the results
to interested parties. It is even more commendable that he has taken the
time and effort to see that it was formatted and placed on the internet for use
by our community. I believe I echo the sentiments of the latent print
community in saying "thank you" to Ernie for his dedication to this collection
of this information and for his continued efforts to maintain this resource.
Hyperlinks to the Reference Index have been placed at the top of the home page
and the Reference Grail page of CLPEX.com.
To discuss this Detail,
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
The FFF folder is empty; submit at will!
Stop rumors at their source
You've discovered that someone is spreading nasty gossip around the office.
What should you do? Meet privately and confront the culprit -- without
Example: "There's a rumor going around that we'll be laying off several
staff members. You know that's not true, and I need your help to make sure
it stops." That approach lets the person know that you're aware of what's
being said and you won't tolerate it.
-From the Editors, Communication Briefings,
January 2004, 800.722.9221, briefings.com.
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