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Course Description

Law enforcement agencies have a continual need to have employees trained in the identification and classification of fingerprints. Students will have a need to know how to take legible fingerprints, how to compare and identify fingerprints and present expert testimony in a court of law, and have a basic understanding how to locate, develop, and recover latent print impressions. The history, printing procedures, fingerprint forms, filing, classification, comparison prints, comparison testimony, identification and laboratory practice are presented. This is a pass/no pass course. ADVISORY: JLE 100 or Field Evidence Technician.

Learning Outcomes

  • identify why fingerprints are important to law enforcement.
  • review the historical background of the science of fingerprints and its use by law enforcement.
  • explain the NCIC Fingerprint Classification and AFIS Formulas and their uses
  • demonstrate procedures for taking legible inked fingerprint impressions
  • explain and demonstrate how latent fingerprints are developed on and recovered from non-porous surfaces

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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