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Monday, July 13, 2009

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Finger Prints Lead Police to Armed Robber's Home
WTVW - Evansville, IN, USA 07-05-09
Surveillance video and two finger prints helped Evansville Police arrest a man suspected of armed robbery. Around 7:00am Sunday, Dagen James Fairchild-Lueck ...

Lawyer shoots for a Browns schism
Concord Monitor - Concord, NH, USA 07-07-09
Lange asked a fingerprint analyst from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who had just testified that 40 of Ed Brown's fingerprints ...

Matching fingerprints
Nassau Guardian - Nassau, Bahamas 07-09-09
Rolle said he took fingerprints from the front entrance door, and the inside door frame near the lock. The witness said he found a total of six latent ...

Cops: 15-year-old robbed Orlando bank
Orlando Sentinel - Orlando, FL, USA 07-08-09
Orlando police arrested the teen on Tuesday after his fingerprints matched those found at the Urban Trust Bank at 2500 S. Kirkman Road, said Sgt. Barbara ...

Tackling the evidence
Worcester Telegram - Worcester, MA, USA 07-09-09
Jenna L. Doty, a civilian chemist in the Worcester Police Department, is pursuing federal certification as a latent fingerprint examiner. ...

Police say Vineland man broke into Oak Rd. home
Vineland Daily Journal - Vineland, NJ, USA 07-10-09
The state police notified Vineland police in June of a potential latent fingerprint match, and police identified the subject as Velez. ...

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Last week

We reported recent Newz.

This week

We read a few updates in the discipline.

Ridgeology Science Workshop - Plus! seats available

Although it isn't offered as much as requested, Forensic Identification Training Seminars is glad to announce an open enrollment Ridgeology Science Workshop coming up on August 10-14, 2009 in California. Josh Bergeron has taught this class quite a few times, and brings his experiences to bear in this enhanced version of the workshop. This 40-hour course combines detailed lecture on the scientific bases for friction ridge identification with intense practical exercises emphasizing correct comparison techniques.  Lecture topics include the philosophy and "ACE-V" methodology of comparing and identifying latent prints.  Emphasis is placed on the correct application and documentation of ACE-V.   Students are equipped to explain the reasons behind the fundamental principles of permanence and individuality through a special emphasis on the most thorough and up-to-date information on human embryological friction ridge formation and friction ridge skin structure. Training is also given in the recognition of ridge pattern "clues" in fingerprints and palm prints to help students “orient” the print; identify which area of skin made a particular latent impression. Related topics include an introduction to “Daubert” issues, the US v. Plaza ruling, 'tough' identifications and 'close' non-identifications. 


Experiments conducted through the week to give students first hand knowledge analyzing different aspects of distortion, forgery and fabrication include:
  • * Tonal Reversal Experiment
  • * Minutiae Movement in Distortion
  • * Forgery and Fabrication
  • * Recreation of Distortion
This is an excellent course to help students prepare for the IAI certification exam. Comparison exercises using real inked prints and latent lifts reinforce the lectures. Students do not automatically work on the same exercises. Each student is evaluated and assigned personal exercises that are challenging, but achievable. Individual attention is given during exercise periods. It is an ideal class, even for senior examiners who desire to increase their speed and accuracy in doing latent print comparisons.

More information can be found at

Relevant Portions of IAI Updates (June & July), by Joe Polski:


National Forensic Technology Center (NFSTC)

During the annual Members Meeting of the NFSTC in May, three new board members were elected along with board officers for next year. I’m pleased that the board re-elected me to serve as Chair of the Board and President of the corporation. The NFSTC has been very active in supporting many areas of forensic science and during the past few years, been instrumental in obtaining NIJ funding to offer latent fingerprint and footwear training. That training grant has been extended for another year and will provide another round of badly needed training for entry-level latent examiners. The training is provided by instructors from RS&A under a contractual agreement between NFSTC and RS&A. The IAI strongly supports this


Tampa Conference Presentation – National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Report/Recommendations

One of the hottest topics in the forensics community these days is the NAS Forensics Committee report and recommendations. In order to better acquaint IAI conference attendees with this subject, a panel discussion will be held on Friday morning, August 21 from 9 a.m. until noon. IAI Board Chair Ken Martin will moderate the panel with members representing various points of view with respect to the recommendations. Panel members include Ken Melson, Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives (ATF&E) speaking from the prosecutor’s perspective, Dr. Anne-Marie Mazza, chief NAS staff member to the Forensics Committee, will provide an overview of the NAS process, Dr. Robert Shaler, an NAS Committee member, speaking from the academic perspective, Marvin Schecter, an NAS Committee member and defense attorney from New York speaking from the defense perspective and IAI President Bob Garrett who will present the IAI’s point of view. This discussion will provide an opportunity to hear firsthand from these individuals, each of who played an important role in the NAS Committee and its report.


FBI Advisory Policy Board (APB) Update – Peter Komarinski, IAI Liason to the APB

Peter sent the following brief synopsis of the recent APB Meeting held in Washington, DC.

The FBI CJIS Advisory Policy Board (APB) held its semi-annual meeting in Washington on June 4th and 5th. The APB provides guidance to CJIS in formulating policy and programs. IAI members with FBI Law Enforcement Online (LEO) accounts can go to to view more information.


Highlights included the introduction of Mr. Daniel Roberts, the new Assistant Director of the CJIS Division. Mr. Roberts has 22 years experience in the FBI, and 5 plus years of prior local law enforcement. In his remarks Mr. Daniels stated he looks forward to the challenge of replacing Tom Bush as the CJIS Assistant Director.


FBI Director Mueller addressed the audience of nearly 200 and responded to questions. He spoke of the changes in policy between administrations. In his opinion the current administration will shift the pendulum more towards the needs of law enforcement.


AFIS Interoperability Technical Working Group (TWG)

ATTN: Latent Examiners and AFIS Personnel

As you know, the National Institute of Justice along with the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) is sponsoring an AFIS Interoperability Working Group. This group has been meeting for about a year now and is making real progress. During the last meeting in St. Petersburg, Florida, it was decided to try to get information about fingerprint cases where AFIS interoperability between state and/or local systems would have prevented criminal activity or other case information where the ability to search AFIS systems, if they were interoperable, would have significantly assisted in an investigation. If you have such a case or anecdotal information regarding AFIS interoperability, please forward that to me at This type of case information will be extremely helpful to augment the argument for interoperability.


As always, don’t hesitate to contact the IAI office if there is anything we can do to assist you.


Joe Polski



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