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Monday, June 19, 2006

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Jail Fingerprinting Agreement in Limbo   ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Jun 14, 2006 ...commissioners are surprised that deputies do not oversee fingerprinting at the Hernando County Jail...

Schools Fight Fat with Fingerprinting   THE TIMES, UK - Jun 14, 2006 ...unhealthy eating habits could be banished as pupils have their fingers scanned at the lunch line...

Alleged 1979 Rapist Freed SUNDAY TIMES, SO AFRICA - Jun 13, 2006 ...victim won't testify even though police matched the suspect's fingerprints to those found at the scene...

City May Track Fingerprints To Target Thieves   KETV-7, NE - Jun 13, 2006 ...if you want to make a buck selling scrap metal, you may have to leave your fingerprints behind...

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David Fairhurst Sun Jun 18, 2006 3:53 pm

Recruiter looking for Latent Print Examiners
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Cigarette papers
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Idaho Job
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Need advice about RTX(developed by Kenzoh Mashiko)
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Job Announcement - Forensic Scientist - Latent Prints
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Spent some time this week updating the Bookstore (check out the available downloads of old Galton, Henry, and Faulds books), added Guide to Fingerprint Identification by Henry

Updated the Reference page with Henry's Guide


Last week

we looked at the fourth oral evidence session in the Justice1 Committee's inquiry into the Scottish Criminal Record Office..

This week

Joe Polski brings us the June IAI Update


Journal of Forensic Identification

JFI Editor Alan McRoberts plans to have the July/August JFI to all members before the upcoming Boston Conference.  Attendees will have the benefit of the information in this most recent JFI before coming to Boston.

A small change to the JFI occurs with this issue. The editor, in consultation with my office and Ron Smith and Associates, Inc., has moved the calendar of the joint IAI/RS&A sponsored training calendar from the Addenda section to the reverse side of the address label insert. This change will permit additions and changes to the calendar to be included much later in the publishing schedule. It will also permit easier copying and sharing of the calendar with colleagues. Please check the back of your insert for the current schedule of seminars.  This will be a permanent change to the location of the training calendar.

European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI) Meeting

The IAI has been invited to attend the ENSFI meeting in Helsinki, Finland later in June.  Fourth Vice President Vici Inlow will attend and represent the IAI at that meeting.  Prior to that meeting, two other events of significance will occur. 

The International Forensics Summit (TIFS) workshop will be held on June 13th during which representatives from the leading forensic organizations worldwide will discuss matters of international interest including communication, standard setting and other issues of mutual concern.  The goals of the workshop are to:


·         Establish a mission, vision, framework and mechanism for an international forensic alliance

·         Begin the development a strategic plan for TIFS

·         Establish a mechanism to share information via a web site

·         Establish an operational forensic science manager’s global working group

·         Establish a mechanism for the participation of “service/support providers” in the international forensic alliance

·         Establish a mechanism to identify forensic science education and research needs and other professional collaborations on a global scale

In addition, a website will be designed and implemented to give an Internet presence to the TIFS.

Another pre-meeting to the ENSFI event will be held on June 12th.  That meeting is jointly hosted by the FBI Laboratory and the Forensic Science Service of Great Britain.  An excerpt from the announcement follows:

The goals of this mini-form are to:  1) Critically identify gaps in foundations of scientific practices; 2) foster relationships to effectively leverage resources both intellectually and economically; 3) develop strategies for better communication internationally for terminology and peer review; 4) exchange and assess research and development and current practices; and 4) establish mechanisms for collaboration to avoid duplication of efforts.  The disciplines to be addressed are: 1) latent prints; 2) documents (handwriting); 3) impressions (toolmarks, shoes, tires etc.); and 4) trace evidence (hairs and fibers). 

Vici has also registered to attend this mini-forum and we look forward to her report of its activities.  It is worthy of note that the IAI itself was not invited to participate in this event although Vici plans to attend and represent our membership.

The IAI must actively participate in these kinds of meetings and continue to represent the interests of our members to the world community. 

More information about these meetings will be provided after Vici returns and issues her report.


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