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Monday, July 23, 2007

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"Essential" Education: IAI Conference to Teach, Train, Challenge  FORENSIC MAGAZINE - July 18, 2007 ...more forensic professionals are preparing to attend the IAI's conference than any other of its previous 91 gatherings...

Little Evidence that Popular Crime Show Influences Real Cases CBC NEWS, CANADA - July 17, 2007 ..."CSI" has done little to make the justice system more efficient in reality, a Montreal criminologist says...

Fingerprint Scan Nabs Immigrant Wanted on Federal Warrant  HOLLISTON TAB, MA - July 16, 2007 ...while running his fingerprints through the department's Live Scan system, police determined the man had given officers a false name...

FBI Films High-tech Fingerprinting LA DAILY NEWS, CA - July 15, 2007 ...the crew filmed deputies using a portable fingerprinting device that connects in the field with a national database...

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The Lockerbie Connection.
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New Fingerprint Technique Could Reveal Diet, Sex, Race???
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job opening - Ontario Police Department
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Bank Robbery
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Updated the Detail Archives.


Last week

We looked at an article on the boiling technique for re-hydration of deteriorated skin.  Last week I also found out that the dates for the DoD forensic conference were pushed forward, so I am back "on" again for attendance at the IAI conference.  Because of this, I have been preparing my lecture topic and slides instead of combining the 5-part process series into a single paper as I mentioned last week.  Due to the conference this week, it may yet be another week after that before I can complete this task.  I'll include the link in the Detail when it is finally complete.

This week

As the activities begin for what will likely be the largest IAI conference ever, we look at the salaries of fingerprint technicians, our ten-print / biometric examination services counterparts in the larger criminal justice community.  Next week we will be discussing how the biometric community is converging with the latent print / forensic community, and ten-print examination is currently at the forefront of this convergence.

Fingerprint Technician Salary Survey

The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics SEARCH Group based in Sacramento, California provides information services to the criminal justice community.

About SEARCH (from their website,

Company Information
2007 marks SEARCH's 38th year as a multifaceted organization focused on helping identify and solve the information management challenges facing state and local justice and public safety agencies. More

Membership Group
SEARCH is governed by a Membership Group comprised of one gubernatorial appointee from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and eight at-large appointees selected by SEARCH's Chair. More

Board of Directors
The 15-member Board, elected by the full Membership, provides general oversight and translates corporate goals and objectives into program directives and operating policies. More

All SEARCH Members serve on one of three Program Advisory Committees (PAC), which work with staff to define Program-specific goals and to propose and implement projects. More

Fingerprint Technician Classification and Employment Survey

During the 2006 Criminal History Repository Operations Workshop, questions arose regarding the salary and job requirements of fingerprint technicians. Many of the workshop participants from state repositories across the country had found difficulty in locating and maintaining a workforce in this area. Other state representatives were in the process of redefining job classifications and salary levels. As discussions became more lengthy and detailed, SEARCH offered to undertake a more comprehensive approach by sending a survey to all states on this topic.

At the end of December 2006, SEARCH staff sent a request to each state for information on fingerprint technician job descriptions and duties, salary ranges, advancement / employment levels, and other pertinent information. With 23 states responding with fingerprint technician classification and employment information, a collection of data on 88 job classification levels is presented from 25 jurisdictions.

Reported entry-level fingerprint technician starting salaries ranged from $15,313 / $17,754 (Montana and Oklahoma) to $33,587 / $34,000 (Arizona and Rhode Island).

The collected data is presented within the following tables:


2 other tables showing qualifications, job descriptions, duties, advancement, shifts, and other information are present in the online version of the study:

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