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Monday, November 13, 2006

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Fingerprints Link Men to Waitress Murder INDEPENDENT ONLINE, So AFRICA - Nov 9, 2006 ...the prints of the men accused of a 2003 murder and rape were found in victims abandoned car...

Bloody Print Leads to Arrest ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE, AR - Nov 8, 2006 ...bloody fingerprint left on an envelope led police to the suspect in the killing of a 50-year old man...

Edmonton Want a Lab Deal with Mounties EDMONTON SUN, CANADA - Nov 7, 2006 cops wants to partner with the RCMP on a new forensics lab...

Lab Delays Hinder Crime-solving MONTEREY HERALD, CA - Nov 5, 2006 ...crimes are going unsolved and prosecutions delayed as piles of evidence grow higher in local crime lab...

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Last week

we looked at new activities in the biometrics community that interest fingerprint examiners.

This week

we take a look at research and a survey involving the discipline of forensic individualization based on images of detail other than friction ridge impressions.

Survey - Individualization of Human Subjects through Image Analysis
Paula Orjuela
Student Intern
Center of Forensic Sciences
Photoanalysis Section

To whom it may concern:

I am writing to you on behalf of the Center of Forensic Sciences, a branch of the Province of Ontario, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. The Photoanalysis Section at the Center of Forensic Sciences deals with a range of case types in the area of image and video analysis.

In the past several years the section has made great advancement and improvement in the use of new techniques. With the rapid development of the forensic technology, there are still some aspects that the section is interested in mastering. One of these aspects is the individualization of human subjects and subject identification by means of image-to-image comparisons.

The section is interested in compiling information about the techniques and resources that are being used by other organizations to perform these types of comparisons. Forensic sources refer to facial measurements and comparison of unique features, knuckle creases, the individualization of specific birthmarks, features of the ears, tattoos, among other characteristics.

This project is being done by the Center of Forensic Sciences in collaboration with University of Toronto at Mississauga. The information that you contribute to the study will be used to inform and update scholars and professionals in the Scientific and Forensic community. It will also be used to assist us in establishing our own examination procedures.

Your collaboration in this matter is of great interest and importance to the Photoanalysis Section and to the University of Toronto. It is these collaborative processes between organizations that improve the methods, help increase forensic standards and ultimately aid with the main goal of public safety. It would be highly appreciated if you could reply to the section with the answers to the questions outlined on the attached form before December 1, 2006. The more information provided the better. Please do not hesitate to contact me by email if you require further details.

If you are interested in participating, please complete the following questions and email your answers back to the Center of Forensic Sciences,  before December 1, 2006.

1.      Does your organization conduct image-to-image comparisons for the individualization and/or identification of subjects?

2.      If so, do you report on your findings by means of a formal report and what is the range of conclusions?

3.      What techniques and methodologies do you use in such comparisons?

4.      How long have you been working with these techniques?

5.      Do you use a software program for any part of the examination, and if so which program?

6.      What is the program/process for staff training in image-to-image comparison of human features? Please give examples such as in-house training or mentoring, specific courses etc.

7.      How many people currently perform these examinations and how much experience do they have in this particular area?

8.      Does the jurisdiction within which you work admit your findings in court proceedings? 

9.      What are some of the limitations you have encountered regarding procedures used, findings and any other areas of this type of work?

10.  Other information regarding image-to-image comparisons for individualization of human features?

11.  Provide contact information. State preferred method of communication, phone number, address, email, organization and all other pertinent details.

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