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Specialized Latent Print Techniques

Class Code: 
E251

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Sacramento
Class Description: 
This one-week (40 hour) course will provide students with an understanding of sequential processing for the maximum recovery of latent fingerprints by means of state-of-the-art techniques. The course will cover components of latent prints, fuming techniques (iodine, cyanoacrylate, sulfur dioxide), staining techniques (Amido black, Leucomalachite green, Sudan black, metal salts), physical techniques (SPR, vacuum metal deposition), laser techniques, photography, safety, and documentation. This course is intended for criminalists, crime scene technicians, and latent print specialists from law enforcement agencies who have responsibility for collecting latent print evidence at scenes or during laboratory processing. Each class is limited to 15 students. This course is POST reimbursable, Plan IV.
Instructor: 
Felita Chapman & Others
Teaching Methods: 
Lectures, demonstrations, discussions, and practical laboratory exercises.
Objectives: 
Students will be required to demonstrate familiarity with chemical and photographic processes for developing and enhancing latent prints on a variety of surfaces to the satisfaction of the instructors and to pass a written test.
Prerequisites: 
Completion of Latent Print Techniques E151 or equivalent.
Preparation: 
Pre-course reading package and test
Materials Fee: 
$50.00
Tuition: 
No cost to POST supported or State of California based Law Enforcement agencies. A $600.00 tuition fee will be required of all other public agency, private sector, or out-of-state applicants.

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Schedule of Classes:


No classes are scheduled at this time.

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