Latent Print Comparisons
This five-day (38 hour) course is intended for individuals responsible for the comparison and identification of latent prints and is designed to acquaint students with the fundamental principles and methods of friction ridge identification. Friction ridge formation, orientation of latent finger and palm impressions, verification and reporting procedures, and note taking and documentation will be discussed. Students will participate in comparison and courtroom testimony practical exercises. Although this course is intended for the new or less experienced latent print examiner, it is not intended for the individual with no previous fingerprint experience and has been designed to follow the Fingerprint Pattern Recognition (E150) and Latent Print Techniques (E151) courses. The student should already be familiar with fingerprint history, terminology, and pattern recognition, and also the effects of development techniques on the appearance of latent impressions. Each class is limited to 15 students.