Exploration of the techniques and methods of identification, capture and analysis of fingerprint evidence, including consideration of the fundamentals of fingerprint patterns, classification formulas and extensions, scarred patterns, amputations and missing fingers, filing sequence, searching and referencing, Henry Classification, techniques for taking good fingerprints, problems in fingerprinting, latent impressions, powdering and lifting latent impressions, preparation of fingerprint charts for court testimony, and practical exercises for capturing fingerprints on a ten print card and live scan fingerprint machines. Prerequisites: CJAD 101 and a declared Criminal Justice or Forensic Science major.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
CJAD 101 and a declared Criminal Justice or Forensic Science major.
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Most current editions of the following:
Fingerprint Identification, 2004 Edition
By Leo, William (Law Tech Custom Publishing Inc.) Recommended
To provide students with exposure to a special topic area in Criminal Justice and Forensic Science.
To provide students with an opportunity to apply theoretical learning to practical problems.
To encourage the students' development of analytical skills.
To assist students in applying relevant scientific and investigative principles to real and hypothetical problems in the Justice system.
To enhance critical thinking and practical skills on relevant issues.
Describe the basic fingerprint pattern types and their interpretation.
Identify and explain the significance of questionable fingerprint patterns.
Describe significance of rolled and slap fingerprints.
Describe fingerprint classification formula and extensions.
Explain the processes used in searching, referencing and file sequencing for fingerprints.
Describe proper techniques for taking good fingerprints and problems associated with poor technique.
Apply recognized techniques in analysis of latent impressions, chemical powdering and lifting.
Analyze actual case studies and reports involving fingerprints.
Describe and apply relevant terminology and principles concerning fingerprints to report writing and courtroom testimony.
Fingerprint pattern types and their interpretation
Questionable fingerprint patterns
Rolled and slap fingerprints
Fingerprint classification formula and extensions
Searching, referencing and file sequencing for fingerprints
Techniques for taking good fingerprints and problems associated with poor technique
Techniques in analysis of latent impressions, chemical, powdering and lifting
Case study analysis
Report writing, demonstrative evidence and courtroom presentation
Study of glossary terms of fingerprints and courtroom testimony
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20
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