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Fingerprints 'Nail' Museum Curator in Buddha Theft –
TIMES OF INDIA, INDIA
- Jan. 14, 2005
...fingerprints matched those the sleuths had collected from the
site the day the bust went missing...
Agency Relies on Larger Department for Print Matching –
GILROY DISPATCH, CA - Jan. 12, 2005
...smaller police departments depend on a larger
departments to match fingerprints collected from a crime scene...
Fingerprints Added to US Passports? –
KRON 4-TV, CA - Jan. 12, 2005
...Americans' fingerprints should be
added to their passports, according to outgoing Homeland Security
Secretary Tom Ridge...
Green Bay Police Change Fingerprint Policy –
JANESVILLE GAZETTE. WI - Jan. 12, 2005
...Police are getting rid of a new
policy that had officers seeking a fingerprint from traffic
The IAI and SWGFAST have both provided input for the following NIJ solicitation
released last week:
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
National Institute of Justice
Solicitation for Proposals Quantitative Research on
Friction Ridge Patterns Notice:
Quantitative Research on Friction Ridge Patterns
NIJ seeks proposals for quantitative studies of friction ridge skin pattern
variations relevant to fingerprint and/or palmprint comparisons for the purpose
of identification or exclusion. Criminal justice agencies use fingerprints and
palmprints for comparisons to latent print impressions collected as evidence at
crime scenes. The forensic science community seeks a more comprehensive
understanding of the empirical basis of friction ridge impression evidence to
extend its use and facilitate the work of the fingerprint examiner.
This research may include examining the frequency of friction ridge structure
combinations and distinctive patterns, the permanence of an individual’s
friction ridge structures, the biological and environmental factors that affect
friction ridge structures, or developing tools to statistically measure and
evaluate the quality of print comparisons and the strength of print comparison
II. Proposal Topics
Forensic friction ridge examination (i.e., fingerprint, palmprint, and
footprint) has long been recognized and accepted as a standard for personal
identification. Criminal justice agencies use fingerprints and palmprints for
comparisons to latent print impressions collected as evidence at crime scenes.
The forensic science community seeks a more comprehensive understanding of the
empirical basis of friction ridge impression evidence to extend its use and
facilitate the work of the fingerprint examiner.
Proposals submitted under this solicitation should demonstrate a familiarity
with forensic friction ridge examination procedures and applicable technologies;
the biology/physiology of friction ridge skin; and general scientific
methodology as it applies to friction ridge analysis.
NIJ strongly encourages researchers responding to this solicitation to seek
guidance from or partner with appropriate forensic identification experts, or
appropriate professional identification associations. Such collaborations foster
a greater understanding of the issues unique to friction ridge structure
analyses and may strengthen the scope of the proposed research plan. The
proposal must include evidence of this collaboration (e.g., memorandum of
agreement, letter of intent).
Suggested Areas of Research:
A. Quantitative studies of friction ridge skin pattern variations relevant to
fingerprint and/or palmprint comparisons for the purpose of identification or
exclusion. The research methodology should ensure that adequate population size
and proper sampling methods are used.1 Proposals should focus on the evaluation
of one or more of the following characteristics in either a complete or partial
fingerprint and/or palmprint impression:
1. Pattern type and ridge flow (Level I).
2. Ridge endings, bifurcations, and dots (Level II).
3. Ridge and pore morphology (Level III).
4. Incidental features such as creases (both permanent and age-related), scars,
warts, and others.
Examples of such research can include but are not limited to the following:
• Studies examining the frequency of friction ridge structure combinations
and/or distinctive patterns within a population or among populations.
• Studies examining the permanence of friction ridge structures within an
• Studies examining biological or environmental factors that may affect friction
B. Tools that will provide a quantitative measure/statistical evaluation of the
1. The quality of fingerprint and/or palmprint impressions.
2. The strength of fingerprint and/or palmprint comparison data.
Last week we reviewed the CNN program "Reasonable Doubt, Can Crime Labs Be
Trusted?". They placed the transcripts for the program on the CNN website,
so if you missed the show, you can read it in it's entirety:
and click on "CNN Presents Reasonable Doubt"
This week Craig Coppock would like feedback on the RTPRFI document he has been
working on in conjunction with many others.
Regional Training & Protocol Recommendations
For Friction Ridge Individualization (RTPRFI)
(A proposal for advanced
training and standardization.)
Craig A. Coppock
Regarding the current public and legal review of
the forensic sciences, a reactionary or defensive posture has prevented the
implementation of positive solutions regarding issues relating to examiner
performance and standardization in Dactyloscopy. The current failure/success
rate of the I.A.I. latent print examiner certification test is an illustration
for a general need for examiner performance improvement. In our current defense
of the science we must not forget the scientist.
The Regional Training & Protocol
Recommendations For Friction Ridge Individualization (RTPRFI) program is
intended to be a primer for positive change, especially for agencies that would
not normally seek formal accreditation. This program includes improvements in
training, standardization protocols, and the program is a means to assist in the
implementation of SWGFAST guidelines. Regional base efforts utilizing a
standardized program would allow for the realistic application of such goals.
Regional efforts also permit agencies to work together to coordinate advanced
training programs as needed with respect to specific needs of the area’s
The main issues of examiner performance have been
linked to a lack of specialized training and inadequately applied comparison
protocol. Current SWGFAST guidelines are difficult to implement without an
adoptable program that motivates management and examiners while creating goal
orientated operational procedures.
The primary goal of the RTPRFI program is to help
solve main issues regarding examiner performance, protocol implementation,
accuracy improvement, and SWGFAST alignment. Specific topics have been borrowed
from SWGFAST, the I.A.I. Latent Print Training Manual, and Interpol. In
addition, numerous 10-print and latent print examiners from the United States
and Canada have assisted with their input regarding details of this program.
The result is a voluntary program that would be a catalyst for realistic and
To access the RTPRFI, click on the link or copy/paste the following in your
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