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Monday, July 28, 2008

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Breaking NEWz you can UzE...
by Kasey Wertheim
Police arrest kidnap suspect
Bradenton Herald,  United States - 16 hours ago
By BETH BURGER A man police say kidnapped a girl in May was arrested after his fingerprints matched those found on the victim's belongings. ...
Steep crime lab fees could be imposed
Verde Independent, AZ - 20 hours ago
[or] `Do we go for latent [prints]?' Even Tucson Police Department, which has its own crime lab, will be hit to the tune of about $91000 because it sends ...
Palm print leads to arrest in Middletown break-in
Times Herald-Record, NY - Jul 23, 2008
They lifted a latent print one left behind by oils and dirt on the hand from the washing machine. The unknown palm print was entered into the statewide ...
Fingerprint evidence questioned
Independent Online, South Africa - Jul 23, 2008
Pressed to explain why his fingerprints were found on a glass in the Wild Fig, he said the police took his right hand prints before the first court ...

Recent CLPEX Posting Activity
Last Week's Board topics containing new posts
Moderated by Steve Everist and Charlie Parker

Public CLPEX Message Board
Moderated by Steve Everist

Calls for Inquiry to be scrapped
1 ... 28, 29, 30by Daktari on Tue Sep 11, 2007 7:28 am 447 Replies 38661 Views Last post by Pat A. Wertheim
on Sat Jul 26, 2008 12:53 pm

Does CLPE mean anything?
by twistedtruth on Wed Jul 23, 2008 1:32 pm 7 Replies 406 Views Last post by Gerald Clough
on Fri Jul 25, 2008 3:18 pm

Statistics for Fingerprint Examiners Course
by g. on Thu Jul 24, 2008 3:07 pm 1 Replies 185 Views Last post by lloydthomas
on Fri Jul 25, 2008 11:47 am

Permanence of 3rd level detail??
1, 2by antonroland on Mon Jul 14, 2008 4:45 am 19 Replies 722 Views Last post by Boyd Baumgartner
on Fri Jul 25, 2008 11:13 am

Comparison tests
by Dan Perkins on Wed Jul 23, 2008 10:07 am 7 Replies 321 Views Last post by Randall
on Thu Jul 24, 2008 6:33 pm

Homosexuality: Nature or nurture?
by charlton97 on Sun Jun 29, 2008 2:44 am 6 Replies 582 Views Last post by Amy Weightman
on Wed Jul 23, 2008 7:59 pm

Ridge Count: ridge detail or holistic attribute
by Boyd Baumgartner on Wed Jul 23, 2008 10:20 am 0 Replies 114 Views Last post by Boyd Baumgartner
on Wed Jul 23, 2008 10:20 am

Fire investigation anyone?
by antonroland on Tue Jul 22, 2008 2:16 pm 3 Replies 165 Views Last post by antonroland
on Wed Jul 23, 2008 3:29 am

Testifying to Negative Results
by L.J.Steele on Wed Jul 16, 2008 11:45 am 13 Replies 570 Views Last post by Gerald Clough
on Tue Jul 22, 2008 10:40 am

IAI Conference Topics -
Louisville, Kentucky 2008:
Moderator: Steve Everist

Louisville Hotels
1, 2by Steve Everist on Mon Apr 07, 2008 7:35 am 15 Replies 732 Views Last post by atruw58
on Sat Jul 26, 2008 3:23 am

Louisville Airport Shuttle
by Steve Everist on Thu Jul 24, 2008 2:41 pm 0 Replies 19 Views Last post by Steve Everist

Documentation issues as they apply to latent prints
Moderator: Charles Parker

No new posts

Historical topics related to latent print examination
Moderator: Charles Parker

Times Archive
by rmcase on Fri Jul 04, 2008 3:08 pm 2 Replies 93 Views Last post by rmcase
on Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:03 am



Updated the Fingerprint Interest Group (FIG) page with FIG #55; background and pressure distortion; submitted by Sandy Siegel.  You can send your example of unique distortion to Charlie Parker:  For discussion, visit the forum FIG thread.

From Forensic Identification Training Seminars: Josh Bergeron
is the new instructor for RSW-Plus!, replacing Glenn Langenberg. The
class is currently scheduled for September 15-19 in Indianapolis, IN.  Contact for more information (888) 235-1230, or visit

Updated the Detail Archives


Last week

we looked at only the abstract, summary and "further implications" of a relatively new 87-page paper by Simon Cole.

This week

Glenn Langenburg relates a new latent print related course available for examiners.

Statistics for Fingerprint Examiners Course
by Glenn Langenburg
CLPEX post on Thu Jul 24, 2008 3:07 pm

Dear Colleagues,

I am happy to announce that the Minnesota BCA in St. Paul, Minn. will be offering an approximately 40 hour course in statistics for fingerprint examiners, August 25-29. The cost of the course: free. Yep, free. (other than your travel costs: travel, hotel, and meals, although we will try and provide continental breakfast and lunch).

Essentially the proposed 5 day course would involve a series of very basic lectures geared towards the forensic scientist with no background in statistics or probability theory. We would start with the general. Then towards midweek begin applying the general to specifics of forensic science. Finally we would have the opportunity to apply these concepts to fingerprint examinations. We will use a variety of tools to achieve this, including computer assisted calculations for statistics. We will also have the fortunate timing to have lectures from Mr. Cedric Neumann from the U.K. who would be visiting during this time as well.

Your total costs would consist of your travel expenses. Figure in air or car (we are on a northwest hub, so it is easy to get direct flights here), $100/night hotel (Sunday through Thursday). Class would end by 2 or 3 on Friday. The lab is approximately 2 miles from the hotel. If you/your agency will not fund the renting of a car, we can get you a ride.

This will be first come first serve (sort of), we can take up to 15 individuals, and we reserve the right to be selective (we would rather 1 or 2 from many agencies rather than 10 from 1 agency).

This course is recommended for examiners with at least 1 year of experience.

For specifics, please call me at (651) 793-2967 or email me at

I hope those of you willing to explore this controversial topic and willing to brave new challenges in this field will consider this course. We will also as hosts, try and make you as comfortable as possible--so expect some social outings as well.


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