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No major updates on the site this week.
we took a step back and looked at some funny posts regarding classic bank
we take a look at the announcement of an
overhaul of the Scottish Fingerprint Service (formerly SCRO).
Excerpts taken from:
"Fingerprint shake-up 'to make service world-class'" by LOUISE GRAY and
"Scotland Plans Major Developments to its Fingerprinting Service" by the
Public Technology Net Editor. (Web links at the end).
The text below has been re-formatted for a latent print audience from the
original articles, published as a news reports.
FINGERPRINT services in Scotland are to be overhauled in line with
On Friday, April 21, in the wake of the Shirley McKie case, the Justice
Minister, Cathy Jamieson published a 25-point strategy review for the
fingerprint service in Scotland. Ms Jamieson said a shake-up was necessary
to restore public confidence in using fingerprints to identify criminals,
and said she was "determined to ensure that the Scottish Fingerprint Service
is recognized - at home and abroad - as truly worldwide class."
The action plan was drawn up by Deputy Chief Constable David Mulhern,
interim chief executive of the Scottish Police Services Authority. It calls
for a number of changes in the SCRO:
* The four regional fingerprint bureaus are to be streamlined into one
single organization to end "inter-bureau tension".
* A critical review is to be conducted of the leadership and culture within
the Scottish Fingerprint Service to create a modern workforce that is
underpinned by transparent, ethical working practices which reassure the
public and staff of the organization's professionalism
* Fingerprints will be identified through "a more holistic method"
[non-numeric standard] that identifies the print though an unlimited number
of marks and shapes, introduced in England and Wales five years ago, rather
than the current 16-point comparison. This transition will occur by the end
of August 2006.
* Make consistent the practice of verification of fingerprints by a second
"anonymous" expert, which "is currently only done in the larger unit in
* A review of latent print examiner training to an international standard.
* A hotline will be set up to let staff report concerns about identification
of prints or seek advice.
* The merger of the fingerprint service with the forensic science unit to
ensure greater continuity from the discovery of the mark to identification
of the person responsible.
Mr Mulhern said the changes were "rightly ambitious" and will create a
world-class service. "The public can be reassured that everything
possible is being done to create a service in Scotland that is benchmarked
against the best in the world and adopts the very best practice at all
A copy of the plan will now be sent to Holyrood's Justice 1 committee and
international experts who will help implement the plan. Danny Greathouse, of
the US Department of Homeland Security, Dutch expert Arie Zeelenberg, and
the the Metropolitan Police's counter-terrorism forensic services chief
Bruce Grant in London have been hired to execute the plan. Their role is to
> An expert view of current processes within the Scottish Fingerprint
Service and to validate them as good practice or otherwise;
> A high level assessment of the Scottish Fingerprint Service and an
indication of what areas should be prioritized within an action plan; and
provide advice on the appropriateness of the main components and work
streams within it;
> Advice on best contemporary practice within the science of fingerprints;
Guidance and advice on structure, policy and procedure within the Scottish
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