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Monday, September 22, 2003

BREAKING NEWz you can UzE...
compiled by Jon Stimac

Robbery Palm Prints Unmatched - NEW ZEALAND HERALD, NZ - Sept. 19, 2003 ...a jury in Auckland heard that police did not have the technology to help identify and arrest suspect...

Break-in Prints Lead to Arrest in Slaying - HOUSTON CHRONICLE, TX - Sept. 14, 2003 ...evidence left at a burglary led to the arrest of a man in connection with the slaying of an elderly Texas resident...

Fitting the Pieces of the Puzzle - MILFORD DAILY NEWS, MA - Sept. 14, 2003 ...police in Massachusetts hope shoe marks, fingerprints and DNA will help crack case...

Man Found Guilty of Jewelry Store Heist - SCRANTON TIMES TRIBUNE, PA - Sept. 9, 2003 ...jury members say it was a palm print that sealed the man's guilt, not racism...

Good morning via the "Detail," a weekly e-mail newsletter that greets latent print examiners around the globe every Monday morning. The purpose of the Detail is to help keep you informed of the current state of affairs in the latent print community, to provide an avenue to circulate original fingerprint-related articles, and to announce important events as they happen in our field.


Last week, we heard about the Mitchell appeal based on a report of two attendees of the hearing in Pennsylvania.  This week, I updated the Mitchell page with some new information made available by Glenn Langenburg.  Check out the updated information (the Mitchell link is off the main CLPEX.com home page), complete with size notations and "new" markers.  Also, this week we review the new IAI requirements for latent print certification, passed by the board just a couple of weeks ago.  The main changes are:

        -minimum experience (3 to 2 years)
        -10-print substitution for 1 year of full-time experience dropped
        -education requirements changed and simplified


A.    General Qualifications

1.    An applicant for certification must be of good moral character, high integrity, good repute, and must possess a high ethical and professional standing.  Applicants must provide a signed statement affirming the IAI Latent Print Certification Code of Ethics.

B.    Technical Training Required

1.    Minimum of 80 hours of formal training in latent print matters

C.    Basic Experience Required

1.    Minimum of two (2) years' full-time experience in the comparison and identification of latent print material and related matters

2.    If less than full-time experience for the given time period is possessed, times must be accumulated to reach an acceptable minimum

D.    Education Requirements

1.    A Bachelor's Degree plus two (2) years full-time experience as required by Section 3.C.


        a.    An Associates Degree (or documentation of 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of college credits) plus three (3) years full-time experience as a latent print examiner equals the Bachelor's Degree requirements


        b.    Four (4) years full-time experience as a latent print examiner required by Section 3.C equals the Bachelor's Degree requirement

2.    Educational requirements are not applicable to re-certification



From a post on Zeno's Forensic Page message board:

how long do you think the retina would survive in a removed eye for it to
work in a "retina scanning" security system? Would it lose its characteristics instantly or would it survive for any length of time? I
guess I should be asking the same question for a print on a removed thumb / finger.  Has anybody ever researched this?
I ask as I consult on risk / security issues.
08-02-2003 13:16:48

RE: retina scanners
I thought these things relied as much on blood flow as retinal/digit
individuality. The products I've dealt with won't work on a removed eyeball or finger.

(Don't ask how RE: knows this!!)

Submitted by Sandra Wiese, fingerprint examiner with the Northglenn Police Department in Colorado.


UPDATES on CLPEX.com this week...

Updated the Newzroom

Updated the Detail Archives

Updated the Mitchell Page

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