Breaking NEWz you can UzE...
compiled by Jon Stimac
New Orleans Fingerprinting Becomes Issue
BAYOU BUZZ, LA
- Aug 11, 2006 ...the ACLU has chimed in and said the
fingerprinting program is too intrusive...
Shocked By Body Discovery
SUNDAY MORNING HERALD, AUSTRALIA
- Aug 10, 2006
...lawyer questioned whether the verification had been
made independently from earlier identification...
Suspect Prints On 'Kiyingi' Map
- Aug 9, 2006 ...examination revealed that the fingerprints
on the map matched samples of a deceased suspect...
Jury Finds Man Not Guilty of Drug Charges
SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER, IL
- Aug 5, 2006
...public defender argued that suspect's print was found on the bag
where someone would normally open it to put groceries inside...
Recent CLPEX Posting Activity
containing new posts
Moderated by Steve Everist
Last Week's Board topics containing new
Moderated by Steve Everist
One Discrepancy Rule
Michele Triplett 3322 Sun Aug 13, 2006 10:27 pm
Opinion on blood print
Wayne Reutzel 62 Fri Aug 11, 2006 8:53 pm
DNA transfer from fingerprint brush?
I. Farrell 437 Thu Aug 10, 2006 7:01 pm
Latent Examiner needed in Colorado
lauraconant 108 Tue Aug 08, 2006 10:07 pm
Classification Question -- Can a Tented Arch have a Delta?
tedmcdonald 438 Tue Aug 08, 2006 9:20 pm
Shirley McKie case -
Outsider 176 Mon Aug 07, 2006 10:19 am
UPDATES ON CLPEX.com
No major updates on the site this
Horn related the Shirley McKie case to statistics
Joe Polski brings us the August IAI Update
By Joe Polski,
As we look back at the Boston Conference, we can truly say it is one of the
best ever. In addition to a most excellent educational and social program,
the City of Boston put its best foot forward as attendees enjoyed the 4th of
July with the Boston Pops and a spectacular fireworks display. A most
memorable conference and one that will not quickly be forgotten.
The Board of Directors met for three days before the start of the conference
and dealt with a number of important issues. Complete board meeting minutes
will be published in a future issue of the JFI but I’ll list a few
highlights of Board action:
• Three groups approached the Board with requests to establish new
certification programs; the requests were for a Questioned Document
Certification Program, a Digital Imaging Certification Program and a Crime
Scene Reconstruction Certification Program. In each case the Board remanded
the request to the Certification Quality Assurance Committee and asked for
more information before making a decision. Hopefully a decision on these
requests will be made at the mid-year board meeting.
• Board Member Phil Sanfilippo from Florida was elected to the position
of Fourth Vice-President and Mona Lisa Maynard from Ohio was elected to the
Board of Directors. We congratulate them on their new positions and look
forward to working with them.
• A proposal to create a second level of certification within the Latent
Fingerprint Certification Program was referred to the Latent Print
Certification Board for study with the request that a recommendation be
brought back to the board at the mid-year meeting.
• A proposal to allow students to take the knowledge portion of the
Certified Crime Scene Investigator (CCSI) test was discussed. Students who
successfully pass the knowledge test will then be awarded full certification
after obtaining the required one year of experience. The Board of Directors
referred this matter back to the Crime Scene Certification Board, which
assured the Board of Directors that a pilot program will be in place by
January 1, 2007.
• The Board approved the addition of a new discipline: Forensic
Anthropology. Dr. Mike Finnegan made a presentation asking the Board to
consider the establishment of this discipline sub-committee. There are a
number of forensic anthropologists in the IAI scattered among various
disciplines, many of them in General Forensics. Dr. Finnegan has been touch
with my office and is most anxious to get the new committee organized and
prepare presentations regarding forensic anthropology for the San Diego
• Set the location of the 2009 and 2010 Conferences for Tampa, Florida
and Spokane, Washington respectively.
As a member of the International Association of Chief’s of Police’s (IACP)
Forensic Science Committee, and Chair of the Resolutions Sub-Committee, I
will be attending a portion of the IACP’s upcoming meeting in Boston, MA in
October. Below are the two resolutions put forth to the entire IACP
membership by the Forensic Science Committee:
Crime Scene/Forensic Investigation Training
WHEREAS, the recognition and collection of forensic evidence from crime,
terrorism and other disaster scenes is hindered by the lack of accessible
and affordable training for police departments;
WHEREAS, identification of unknown suspects and exoneration of erroneously
accused individuals for crime and acts of terrorism, as well as the
identification of disaster and crime victims are important goals for the law
enforcement community, and
WHEREAS, current training for technical crime scene and disaster scene
investigation for the documentation, identification of trace and other
evidence, and protocols vary in availability, reliability and affordability;
WHEREAS, forensic evidence is a crucial element in the identification and
prosecution of violent and/or recidivist criminals, including those who
commit serial crimes, terrorist incidents, human rights violations and hate
crimes that are a threat to the security of all peoples; now therefore be it
RESOLVED, that the International Association of Chiefs of Police strongly
recommends the creation of governmental initiatives to develop and provide
free online or digital media based training programs, based on discipline
appropriate and recognized guidelines, for training in crime and disaster
scene investigation and forensic evidence recognition for police
Forensic Science Accreditation and Certification
WHEREAS, forensic science is becoming increasingly important in the
adjudication of criminal proceedings and
WHEREAS, the courts increasingly rely on forensic evidence and the results
of various forensic analyses and
WHEREAS, the results of forensic analyses must be reliable and accurate and
WHEREAS, quality systems such as accreditation and certification play a
large role in the accuracy and creditability of forensic analyses, now
therefore, be it
RESOLVED, that the International Association of Chiefs of Police endorses
and recommends that all crime laboratories and other forensic service
providers strive to become accredited and that the forensic practitioners
who work in those laboratories or other forensic entities seek certification
in their respective forensic disciplines. It is further recommended that
accreditation and certification be acquired from professionally recognized
and accepted organizations, which are independent from the agency or person
Latent Print Certification Board Change
We thank David Garcia, the outgoing Chair of the IAI’s Latent Print
Certification Board (LPCB), for his years of dedicated service to the IAI
and to the LPCB. Former Board Secretary, Lyla Thompson, will become the new
chair of that Board and James E. Bush from Mississippi will replace Lyla as
National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Research Opportunities
The National Institute of Justice is once again offering two student
research opportunities: the Graduate Research Fellowship and the W.E.B.
DuBois Fellowship Program.
The Graduate Research Fellowship provides dissertation research support to
outstanding doctoral students undertaking independent research on issues
related to crime and justice. Students from academic disciplines are
encouraged to apply and propose original research that has direct
implications for criminal justice. NIJ encourages diversity in approaches
and perspectives in an effort to encourage doctoral students to contribute
critical and innovative thinking to pressing criminal justice problems.
Visit http://theweeklydetail.c.topica.com/maae395absBTXa9mUhJb/ to read the
In addition, the W.E.B DuBois Fellowship Program seeks to advance knowledge
regarding the confluence of crime, justice, and culture in various societal
contexts. DuBois fellows are asked to focus on policy questions that reflect
the American past, present, and, increasingly, the future. The Fellowship
places particular emphasis on crime, violence, and the administration of
justice in diverse cultural contexts. Visit http://theweeklydetail.c.topica.com/maae395absBTYa9mUhJb/
to read the current solicitation.
NIJ is the research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S.
Department of Justice and is dedicated to researching crime control and
justice issues. For more information on NIJ, please visit http://theweeklydetail.c.topica.com/maae395absBTZa9mUhJb/
Ms. Sarah Fieldhouse is carrying out a fingerprint research project at
Staffordshire University. The research is focused on identifying factors
that are influential upon fingerprint quality. This research aims to develop
a grading system that can be used for the assessment and quantification of
fingerprint quality. A questionnaire has been devised which aims to identify
factors associated with fingerprint quality for research purposes. Please
take the time to assist in this research by completing the questionnaire.
The questionnaire is available on the Fingerprint Society website at
Ms. Fieldhouse thanks you in advance for your assistance with this project.
FBI Forensic Science Communications
This message was recently received from the FBI.
The July 2006 issue of Forensic Science Communications has been posted to
the FBI Internet site.
The issue can be viewed at http://theweeklydetail.c.topica.com/maae395absBT0a9mUhJb/
If you have trouble accessing the issue via the link, go to the FBI's home
page and access "Reports & Publications" on the left-hand side. Forensic
Science Communications is listed under law enforcement services.
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