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Chemical Imaging: Potential New Crime Busting Tool –
RxPG NEWS, CA - Aug 2, 2007
...scientists found that gel tapes provide a method for collection of
prints for chemical imaging analysis...
Expert: Fingerprints Match Accused Killer
2007 ...the left thumb print of suspect was
found at the crime scene...
DPP 'did not reveal fingerprints'
THE CONSUMERIST, NY
2007 ...fingerprints from a 1994 murder were not revealed
at the trial of a Perth man later wrongfully convicted for the
Expert Testifies Fingerprint Links Suspect to Murder
PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY, NJ
- Aug 2, 2007
...a bloody fingerprint found near the body of murder victim belonged
to the suspect...
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Updated the Detail Archives.
we took a look at the concept of color blindness
and latent print examination.
we take a look at the
new re-certification guidelines for many of the IAI disciplines.
New 2008 IAI Re-Certification
by Kasey Wertheim
At the IAI conference in San Diego, the Board of Directors mandated new requirements for IAI
CLPE's to re-certify. The transition is in accordance with a Forensic
Specialties Accreditation Board (FSAB) requirement for consistency across
certification board requirements. More can be found on the FSAB at
their website, http://www.thefsab.org/.
The new IAI re-certification requirements are based on a system of
achieving 80 credits rather than the old requirement of 40 hours of
continuing education. It is important for examiners who will be eligible for
re-certification after January 1, 2008 to understand these new requirements
so they don't find themselves rushing to understand and determine if they
are eligible for IAI re-certification. Applicants may use the old
system of continuing education until December 31, 2007, or they may choose to use the new system
effective immediately. The new system also applies to other IAI
re-certification programs that may affect readers of the Detail, such as
Crime Scene Investigators, Crime Scene Analysts, Senior Crime Scene
Analysts, Tenprint Fingerprint Examiners, Forensic Photographers, and
Bloodstain Pattern Analysts.
Under the new system, credits are allotted for a wider range of activities
than only training events. 5-year re-certification credits can be obtained
for up to 5 years of full-time casework, registered attendance at
board-recognized forensic meetings, author presentations or publications of
papers, workshops or seminars, participation in public panel discussions,
presentation of posters, participation in board-recognized courses,
workshops or in-service training events, membership, holding offices or
serving on committees in board-recognized forensic societies, being the
primary provider of on-the-job training to novice forensic examiners,
teaching forensic related college courses, conducting and presenting
research to the general public, or any other activity that an applicant for
recertification feels that the specific certification board should consider.
There are specific credit amounts and maximum credit allowances for each
category during the preceeding 5-year re-certification period:
Full-time Forensic Casework: 4 credits per year where over half of the
applicant's work is devoted to forensic science examinations - 20 credits
Registered attendance at board-recognized forensic meetings: 2 credits per
half day - 60 credits maximum.
Presentation of papers: 5 credits for each different paper — 40 credit
Participation in panel discussions or poster presentations: 5 credits each —
40 credit maximum.
Conducting forensic training workshops or seminars specifically geared
toward forensic examiner attendees: 5 credits per half day presentation — 40
Conducting training workshops for non-examiners: 3 credits per half-day
presentation — 20 credit maximum.
Publication of articles in board recognized forensic journals: up to 10
credits per article (no guidance on assignment of points on the
re-certification form) — 20 credit maximum.
Attendance at or participation in board-recognized courses or workshops or
in-service training sessions: 2 credits per half day — 60 credit maximum.
Holding offices, serving on committees, or performing journal publication
services for board-recognized forensic societies: 5 credits per year served
- 20 credit maximum.
Membership in board-recognized forensic societies: 1 credit per year of
membership per organization — 20 credit maximum.
Acting as the primary provider of on-the-job training for novice forensic
examiners: 5 credits per year training is provided — 20 credit maximum.
Providing written summaries (minimum of 250 words) of articles written by
other forensic examiners or related professionals: 2 credits per article —
32 credit maximum.
Any other activity that an applicant for recertification feels that the
specific certification board should consider, such as teaching forensic
related college courses, research and presentations to the general public,
etc.: (no guidance on assignment of points on the re-certification form) —
24 credit maximum.
On a humorous note, re-certifying examiners only have to get less than 20%
of the possible 416 maximum credits. If anyone turns in for
re-certification with all 416 points, I would like to extend a special gift
of achievement - a CLPEX.com t-shirt for over-achievers, to be designed by
yours truly at that time.
Just to make it clear what the requirements entail for the CLPEX.com
over-achiever award, over a 5-year period of time after his/her
certification or re-certification, this very unique individual would have to
achieve 5 years of full-time employment in their discipline -AND- 15 days of
attendance at forensic meetings -AND- 8 paper presentations -AND-
participation in 8 panel discussions or poster presentations -AND-
presentation of 4 days of workshops or seminars to experts -AND-
presentation of 28 hours of workshops to non-experts -AND- publication of 2
articles in forensic journals -AND- attendance at 15 days of courses or
workshops -AND- 4 years serving on a committee or holding an office (or 2
years of holding an office AND serving on a committee) -AND- membership in 4
forensic societies for all 5 years -AND- acting as the primary trainer for a
novice examiner for 4 years -AND- providing 16 written summaries of articles
written by other forensic examiners as Weekly Details (or other publications
- ha ha) -AND- qualify for the 24-credit maximum for "other activity" as
determined by the certification board for teaching forensic related college
courses, presenting research to the general public, etc.
Back to reality now. (some of you will take that as a challenge, which it
Remember that documentation must be submitted with your re-certification
application in duplicate for any activity for which credit is claimed. For
example, training certificates from seminars and workshops; photocopies of
articles published; other documentation for office or committee involvement,
etc. must be attached to the application.
The IAI certification programs still honor a one-year grace period after
expiration of certification. During this period, the applicant doesn't have
to take the original certification test again. But if certification is
expired for more than one year, the applicant will be required to retest to
The information above was obtained from IAI Latent Print Certification Board
members and the IAI website. It is recommended that each applicant applying
for re-certification in the near future access their IAI certification
discipline link on www.theiai.org,
download a copy of the re-certification form, and begin gathering the
required documentation for their activities during the preceding 5-year
re-certification period. This is especially important if the applicant is
unsure whether they have met the 80-credit requirement for the
re-certification period. Going through the documentation-gathering phase at
an earlier than necessary time will afford additional requirements to be met
prior to their re-certification cutoff date or grace-period date.
The IAI CLPE Application for Recertification can be downloaded at the
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