Breaking NEWz you can UzE...
compiled by Jon Stimac
Portable Fingerprint Device Assists in DUI Crackdown
REPUBLIC, AZ - Dec 14, 2005 ...
fingerprinting to assist in identifying drunken-driving suspects and
speed up court cases...
Fingerprint Lifted From Machine Leads to Arrest
2THEADVOCATE.COM - Dec 14, 2005
...prints led to the arrest of a
burglary suspect more than a year later...
Prints Found After U.S. Death in Guyana
MERCURY NEWS, CA -
Dec 13, 2005 ...the killer of an American
government contractor in Guyana left behind fingerprints...
Police Dumbfounded as Serial Killer Stalks Mexico
NEW YORK TIMES, NY - Dec 13, 2005 ...after two years and 24
murders, investigators have managed to come up with only a fingerprint...
Recent CLPEX Posting Activity
containing new posts
Moderated by Steve Everist
LP Examiners role in proving prior convictions in court...
Carl Speckels Sun Dec 18, 2005 7:34 pm
Effect of plastic on latent prints
Hillary Moses Fri Dec 16, 2005 3:55 am
development of latent marks on thermal receipts
flo78 Thu Dec 15, 2005 4:38 pm
A personal view of Mr. Cole's letter.
Paul R Bivens Wed Dec 14, 2005 11:27 am
Tools of the trade...
jonahbee Wed Dec 14, 2005 4:41 am
Latent prints and bombs
Kathy Saviers Tue Dec 13, 2005 7:13 pm
Washing Thermal Paper w/ Methanol after Ninhydrin Treatment
lpeOHIObci Tue Dec 13, 2005 6:32 pm
UPDATES ON CLPEX.com
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we looked at CLPEX message board commentary on a recent article by Simon Cole regarding
latent print error.
we look at the new requirements for IAI Latent Print Examiner certification.
Notice that the time requirement for the test is now 8 hours, and that there
is a new reference on the recommended reading list. In addition, only
2 years of experience are required to apply for the test and you don't have
to complete one section before moving on to the next... you can have them
all open at once if you would like.
Latent Print Examiner Certification
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.
Technical Training Required:
Minimum of 80 hours of formal training in latent print
Basic Experience Required:
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 Section 3.C.
An Associate Degree (or documentation of 60 semester hours or
90 quarter hours of college credits) plus 3 years full-time experience as a
latent print examiner equals the Bachelor's Degree requirement.
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
All applicants for certification must submit two letters of
endorsement. If the applicant is employed by a public law enforcement
agency, one letter shall be from a superior within the applicant's
department or agency and one shall be from an associate in the field of
latent print identification, certified by the I.A.I. and who is a member of
division and/or the parent body.
If the applicant is in private practice, both letters shall
be from members of the Criminal Justice System, provided however, that one
of the two shall be from one in the field of latent print identification
certified by the I.A.I. and is a member of a division and/or the parent
If the applicant is using the experience substitution to meet
the educational requirements, letters of endorsement should include
information concerning the number of years basic, and full-time experience
the applicant possess.
Certification shall be determined by testing. The
certification text was developed and is maintained by the I.A.I. Latent
Print Certification Board. The applicants have 8 hours to complete parts a,
b, and c of the test. The test is as follows:
Comparison of 15 latent prints with inked prints. Must
correctly identify 12 of the latent prints with NO erroneous
identifications. Passing score: 80%.
Pattern Interpretation of 35 Inked Impressions. Passing
True and false, multiple choice questions relative to the
history of fingerprints, pattern interpretation and latent prints. Passing
Either oral board testing and/or presentation of a case for
review to include latent print, inked print, charted enlargements and court
qualifying questions and answers.
If the applicant has already testified in a court of law as
an expert, the applicant may submit a case for review, or may submit to the
oral board testing.
If the applicant has not given testimony in a court of law as
an expert, the applicant shall be required to undergo oral board testing.
Anyone failing the test for any reason other than an
erroneous identification must wait 6 months from the test date to reapply.
Anyone failing the test by making one or more erroneous
identifications must wait 1 year before they can reapply to take the test.
Those reapplying must submit a new application with all
attachments plus whatever fee may be in effect at that time.
Applicants failing any part of the test need only retake that
part which he/she failed, unless an erroneous identification was made in
which case the entire test must be retaken.
Suggested Reading Materials
Federal Bureau of Investigation, The Science of Fingerprints
Robert D. Olsen, Sr., Scott's Fingerprint Mechanics
Henry C. Lee, Advances in Fingerprint Technology
United Kingdom Home Office, Fingerprint Detection by
Ashbaugh, David (1999). Quantitative-Qualitative Friction
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