Breaking NEWz you can UzE...
compiled by Jon Stimac
Man Who Tried to Exclude Fingerprints is Sentenced
BALTIMORE SUN, MD
- Nov 21, 2007
...Baltimore man who unsuccessfully challenged
fingerprint evidence has been sentenced to 30 years in prison...
Lab Upgrade Boosts Investigation
- Nov 21, 2007 ...in 1981 matching
fingerprints in north California was primarily a local matter...
Man Accused of Hate Crime in Swastika Painting
SEATTLE TIMES, WA - Nov 21, 2007 ...fingerprints on a spray
can point to a man who has been accused of painting a 21-foot orange
Man Arrested in the Killing of a Dentist
YORK TIMES, NY - Nov 21, 2007
...fingerprints on the duct tape were matched to a man with a family
tie to victim...
Recent CLPEX Posting Activity
containing new posts
Moderated by Steve Everist
Charles Parker 23 Mon Nov 26, 2007 3:17 am
Google Books and The Gutenberg Project
George Reis 31 Sun Nov 25, 2007 5:07 pm
Ernie Hamm 1243 Sun Nov 25, 2007 4:59 pm
An interesting statistic
Boyd Baumgartner 214 Fri Nov 23, 2007 9:44 pm
Calls for Inquiry to be scrapped
Daktari 1138 Fri Nov 23, 2007 7:30 pm
Fingerprint Training Snafu
Pat A. Wertheim 181 Wed Nov 21, 2007 2:56 pm
Baltimore Judge declares Fingerprints not reliable.
Justice Pie 4271 Wed Nov 21, 2007 12:41 am
mdavis 418 Tue Nov 20, 2007 9:09 pm
Statistics and Misidentifications - The weeks Detail
Michele Triplett 31180 Tue Nov 20, 2007 12:29 pm
UPDATES ON CLPEX.com
Updated the Fingerprint Interest Group web page with FIG #
Updated the Smiley Files with 2 new Smileys! Thanks to Sherrie Hill
for a puppy, and you have to check out "Scream", submitted by Michael
Williams. That's a scary print right there!
we reviewed a 2-part editorial regarding the
Maryland court fingerprint decision.
Joe Polski brings us some
fingerprint related items from the November IAI Update.
November IAI Update
by Joe Polski
Student Crime Scene Knowledge Certification
The International Association for Identification (IAI) announces a new
program whereby students in two or four-year colleges or universities are
eligible to take the knowledge portion of the IAIís Certified Crime Scene
Investigator (CCSI) examination. Upon successful passage of that
examination, students will be issued a letter of achievement noting they
passed that test and upon completion of one yearís experience doing crime
scene investigation duties as an employee of a government agency, they will
be fully certified as a Certified Crime Scene Investigator (CCSI). This
letter of achievement is good for a period of five years. If the student
fails to obtain the necessary experience within five years after successful
completion of the knowledge examination, the student competency
certification is null and void.
For students to be eligible for such knowledge certification, their
educational institution must have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
with the IAI that outlines certain policies and procedures that must be in
place before the educational institution is able to offer the CCSI
examination. Any educational institution interested in participating in this
program, seeking more information or a copy of the MOU should contact Molly
in the IAI office at (651) 681-8566.
In order to be eligible for testing, students must have taken at least two
crime scene related courses and be in the last two years of their
educational program; most often that is a junior or senior year of college
or university but could also be a student in a two year community college.
For complete information about the knowledge requirements for IAI
certification as a CCSI, please see the IAIís website page
Students, note that applications for this program are not being taken at
this time. Before that can occur, your educational institution must have
signed an MOU with the IAI. Because it will take a while for this program to
become established with the various educational institutions, applications
are not available at this time.
The IAI looks forward to offering this unique opportunity to students who
seek a career in crime scene investigation.
More information about the program will be published on the IAIís website,
www.theiai.org, as it becomes available.
National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Forensics Committee
As noted previously, the IAI submitted a position paper to the NAS Forensic
Committee. This paper outlined a number of contemporary issues in forensics
that are of particular concern to the IAI. The entire text of the paper can
be found at the following link:
President Ken Martin has been invited to address the final meeting of the
Committee to be held in Washington, DC on December 6th. The Committee is
interested in the matters raised in the IAIís position paper and requested
that a representative from the IAI attend the meeting and participate in a
discussion with the committee relative to the matters raised in that paper.
In addition to President Martin, Glenn Langenburg, a fingerprint examiner
from the Minnesota State Crime Laboratory, has been invited to speak to the
Committee. A summary of the meeting will be provided in future columns.
Complete information about the NAS Forensic Committee can be found at:
National Institute of Justice (NIJ) News
NIJ recently announced a significant award to the National Forensic
Technology Center (NFSTC) to offer training in latent fingerprint
identification, footwear/tiretrack analyses and some administrative courses
for those supervising those functions. Those courses will be offered in
conjunction with the IAIís training partner, Ron Smith & Associates (RS&A).
A total of approximately 72 people will go through a ten week training
program, broken into one and/or two week blocks, during the next 18 months.
The objective of the training will be to prepare the students to work as a
latent fingerprint examiner and meet the knowledge requirements for that
certification program. All training, to include transportation and lodging,
will be at no cost to the student or their agency. Details are still under
development and will be disseminated as they become more finalized.
The NIJ General Forensics Technical Working Group (TWG) recently met in
Scottsdale, Arizona. President Ken Martin and I are members of that group
and participated in the meeting. The purpose of the TWG is to provide NIJ
with recommendations for research projects in the area of general forensics.
Thatís pretty much everything other than DNA, and some of the bench
sciences. The meeting was very productive and resulted in a number of
Membership of the TWG was recently adjusted, adding President Martin and
Alice Maceo from the IAI.
NIJ will hold a forensics summit on December 17 and 18 in Washington, DC. I
am honored to have been invited to that summit. The summit will bring
together various forensic science stakeholders to discuss future directions
and funding priorities. Iím told that forensic science advocates, critics,
Innocence Project leadership, the defense bar and other disparate but
affected stakeholders are invited. This should be a most interesting
meeting. More information will be provided in future columns.
At the end of the Scottsdale TWG Meeting, a follow-on meeting was held with
Ken Martin, Peter Komarinski, and myself from the IAI as well as Melissa
Taylor from NIJ and Keith Morris from West Virginia University (WVU).
Melissa explained that she is working with NIJ administration to create a
task force to study the issues involved in AFIS Interoperability. As you
know this issue has been around for a long time and is one of the line items
that the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Committee has been asked to
explore. At the present time IAI leadership is working with Melissa to
identify the appropriate individuals to be involved in this task force,
should it be officially constituted by NIJ. A while ago I sent an e-mail to
all of you asking for volunteers who would like to serve on this task force.
A number of excellent responses were received in response to that e-mail and
in the next few days President Martin will decide who will fill these
positions. Again, more information to follow as it becomes available.
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