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FINGERPRINT EVIDENCE

 

Courses that will enable participants to develop the skills required to deal with fingerprint evidence from identification and capture through enhancement and mark-up to preparing statements and testifying as a fingerprint expert witness.

 

Outline

Training Objective:

To understand and apply best practice skills and techniques involved in fingerprint examination, chemical enhancement and crime scene examination.

Course Outline:

This course will allow participants to explore theoretical aspects of the history, biology and identification of fingerprints. During numerous realistic practical exercises participants will use state of the art retrieval and enhancement techniques to gain familiarity in methods of development and enhancement.

Details

Course Details:

● History of fingerprinting
● Life-cycle of fingerprint creation from the womb through to post-mortem
● Theory behind fingerprint pattern recognition and the identification of an individual
● Taking of an evidentially-usable set of inked fingerprints
● Fingerprint comparison using both fingerprint forms and crime-scene marks
● Establish the correct chemical treatment for recovering latent fingerprints from a given surface or item
● Examination using chemicals (e.g. ninhydrin), cyanoacrylate fuming, aluminium and fluorescent powders, etc
● Fluorescent light sources for scene and item examination
● Basic photography of developed fingermarks

Participants:

New starters or those seeking to broaden their knowledge of fingerprint development and comparison.

Benefits:

At the end of this course the participants will have an understanding of, and practical experience in:
● How fingerprints are formed
● Recognising fingerprint patterns and palm prints and determining their classification
● Taking and recording fingerprints that are sufficient to use in a comparison process
● Comparison of fingerprint evidence against known records
● Confidently making an identification
● Establishing the correct chemical treatment to use on different surfaces
● Undertaking a chemical examination and development of fingermarks

Assessment Method:

Written and practical assessment

Next Step:

Suggested further courses include:

● Fingerprint Comparison and Preparation of Evidence
● Crime Scene Investigation and Evidence Recovery
● Forensic Photography of Fingerprints and Other Crime Scene Marks
● Retrieval and Enhancement of Chemically Developed Marks

Outline


Training Objective:

To enhance and expand a basic knowledge of chemical treatments and physical development of latent finger and palm prints at a crime scene and in a laboratory.

Course Outline:

This course will allow participants to develop an integrated approach to the examination of fingerprints using photography and chemical treatments to maximise their evidential value. This course is supported throughout by numerous realistic practical exercises to ensure a full understanding is established.

Details

Course Details:

● Safe and effective use of high intensity light sources to visualise and photograph crime scene marks
● Consideration of conflicting evidence types and their impact upon forensic examinations
● Selection and use of appropriate chemical treatments
● The safe use of chemical treatments at crime scenes
● The implications of health and safety at crime scenes
● Scene and exhibit cleansing with a view to safe-handling and decontamination post-examination

Participants:

Participants will have had experience in an operational environment and are seeking to expand their knowledge of chemical treatments and fingerprint development.

Benefits:

At the end of this course the participants will have an understanding of, and practical experience in:
● The use of high intensity light sources for examination and photography
● Differentiating between an evidentially usable mark and a non-usable mark
● The correct and safe use of chemical treatments in line with published documentation

Assessment Method:

On-going practical assessment

Next Step:

Suggested further courses include:
● Crime Scene Investigation and Evidence Recovery

● Fingerprint Comparison and Preparation of Evidence

● Forensic Photography of Fingerprints and Other Crime Scene Marks

Outline

Training Objective:

This course will enable participants to develop the skills required to prepare statements and to testify as a fingerprint expert witness.

Course Outline:

This course will cover latent fingerprint development, recovery, comparison and courtroom testimony. As well as dealing with latent fingerprint processing and recovery techniques, an emphasis will be placed on practical experience in evidence preparation and presentation.

Details

Course Details:

● The development and recovery of a finger or palm mark at a crime scene
● The identification of a crime scene mark against a fingerprint record
● The principles of statement writing and maintaining the continuity of evidence
● Preparation of marked-up photographic enlargements for court
● Preparation and presentation of statements of evidence
● Experience of a simulated court

Participants:

Participants will have had experience in an appropriate operational environment and will be aiming to give evidence in a court of law.

Benefits:

At the end of this course the participants will have an understanding of, and practical experience in:

● The identification process relating to both fingerprint form and crime scene mark comparisons
● The basic principles of continuity of fingerprint evidence
● The preparation and presentation of fingerprint evidence
● The ability to provide expert opinion in court

Assessment Method:

Practical assessment

Next Step:

Suggested further courses include:

● Retrieval and Enhancement of Chemically Developed Marks
● Forensic Photography of Fingerprints and Other Crime Scene Marks
● Crime Scene Investigation and Evidence Recovery

 

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