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by Stephanie Potter

Easley pawn shop slaying case goes to the jury
Greenville News 11-19-09
... testified that some latent prints taken from the pawnshop were identified as coming from Shephard's fingers and palms, according to fingerprint cards ...

Fingerprints, camera image lead to teenage bank-robbery suspect
Providence Journal 11-21-09
But the note held the youth's fingerprints, the police said, and his image had been captured by the bank's surveillance cameras — leading to his arrest six ...

String of Auto Burglaries Solved in Cedar City
KCSG 11-20-09
"Finger print evidence in itself is extremely important if you can find it," Williams said. When people touch things, their finger prints are left behind ...

Upper Darby woman sentenced for beating death
Philadelphia Inquirer 11-13-09
At an earlier hearing, a detective testified that Galdo's finger print was found on the object. Contact staff writer Mari A. Schaefer at 610-892-9149 or ...

Use of fingerprints violated privacy - counsel
Irish Times 11-17-09
He said the taking of fingerprints engaged a variety of constitutional rights. The Oireachtas regulated this by providing a mechanism whereby fingerprint ...

Recent CLPEX Posting Activity

‘Difference and the non-numeric system’
by Iain McKie » Sat Nov 21, 2009
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news article: "McKie inquiry evidence to start"
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My story of the week
by Michele » Mon Aug 31, 2009
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news article: "no latents" vs. "no usable latents"
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Rationalizing Decisions
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Holiday Gifts for Examiners
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news article: "Give Your Boss The Finger"
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The Holy Fingerprint (of Antioch)
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No major updates on the website this week 


From http://projects.nfstc.org/ipes/ 

The nature of impression and pattern evidence is highly variable, and can be found at nearly every crime or accident scene. Impression and pattern evidence are considerably diverse forensic disciplines, including, but not limited to friction ridge analysis, firearm and toolmarks, footwear and tire treads, and some types of questioned document examinations, among others. While this evidence is rarely the only evidence available in an investigation, identifying the origin of foreign material found at a crime scene and linking such material to a possible source is a powerful evidentiary finding.

Recognizing the important impact that impression and pattern evidence have on criminal investigations and, ultimately, on our system of justice, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Laboratory Division will cosponsor an Impression and Pattern Evidence Symposium to be held August 2–6, 2010, in Clearwater Beach, Florida.

To enhance the awareness of cutting-edge research and casework being conducted in the fields of impression and pattern evidence, the NIJ, BJA, and the FBI Laboratory Division announce a call for abstracts for presentation at the Symposium. Applicants will be required to select whether they prefer an oral or poster presentation format. Presentations in oral format include pre-symposium workshops, general (plenary) session, and break-out session topics. Opportunities also exist to present information in the form of a poster at the Symposium.

Suggested topics include (in no particular order) but are not limited to:

  • New trends/information on traditional topics
  • Novel research
  • Methods and materials
  • Analysis of atypical materials
  • Significance of a class association of impression or pattern evidence
  • Case Studies
  • Impact of the NAS report
  • Other issues which impact impression and/or pattern evidence practitioners


Abstracts must be received by 5:00 PM EST on Friday, January 8, 2010 and submitted via the on-line submission form. Applicants must complete each section of the on-line submission form. Abstracts must not exceed three double-spaced pages. Abstract submissions over three double-spaced pages will not be considered for peer review.

All abstracts submitted that meet the submission criteria will undergo a peer-review process. Recognizing that information is sometimes more suitable for a particular format, you will be given the option on the submission form to select whether you prefer an oral (workshop, plenary, or breakout) or poster presentation format. Please be advised, however, that given the limited space available for oral presentations on the symposium agenda, your preferred presentation format can not be guaranteed. Additionally, applicants will be required to list the discipline(s) covered in the presentation.

Upon acceptance, all expenses for one presenter will be paid regardless of the number of authors contributing to an abstract. Federal employees who are accepted to present in any format must pay their own expenses. Also, please be advised that should more than one abstract submitted by a lead/primary author be accepted for presentation, the peer review panel may allow the secondary author/researcher listed on the application to present at the Symposium as well. These decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis, so please ensure to consider this issue (as appropriate) when filling out the application.

Notifications for accepted abstracts will be delivered no later than March 12, 2010. Once an abstract has been accepted, presenters (oral or poster) will have until April 30, 2010 to submit a revised or updated version of their abstract for inclusion in the program materials which will be published on the Symposium webpage.


 Jennifer Hannaford brought us details about the Boston PD Latent Print Unit accreditation process.


Lt. David Grady of the Worcester Police Department Latent Print Unit brings us a Weekly Detail I meant to combine with the one last week for a double on accreditation - so I'm running it this week on it's own instead.
Accreditation of the Worcester Police Department Latent Print Unit

by Lt. David Grady

     I am proud to announce that the Latent Print Unit of the Worcester Police Department recently achieved accreditation from Forensic Quality Service (FQS) to the standards of ISO 17025:2005 “General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories” (http://www.iso.org/iso/catalogue_detail.htm?csnumber=39883) and the supplemental requirements of FQS (http://www.forquality.org/) . The WPD Latent Print Unit became the first stand-alone LPU in the United States to attain accreditation to ISO standards. The unit is comprised of one Lieutenant/Examiner, two Detective/Examiners and one Laboratory Technician who is near completion of her training to become a Latent Print Examiner.

    Our LPU began the road to accreditation in February of 2006 when we received a commitment of support from our administration. This support is absolutely essential for any unit/agency seeking accreditation. Our administration then provided funds to completely renovate our lab and office space. Everything from floor to ceiling was redesigned and replaced to better suit the needs of a modern Latent Print Unit.   

    We also then began the process of reconstructing our procedures, a far more difficult task. I know everyone has heard the old saying, “If something ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” and if you were to ask me in 2006 if I thought my unit was broke, I’d have said ‘no’.


But when I compare how we operated four years ago to how we operate today, I realize how less-than-perfect we were. We are fortunate that we saw the need to change before someone else did. The ISO accreditation process, which places such a strong emphasis on quality assurance, is a superb mechanism for uncovering weaknesses. My unit also fully realizes that the accreditation process is not in end in itself, but rather a commitment to constantly improve.


    To anyone seeking accreditation, my best advice is to seek guidance. If I were to do anything different, knowing what I know now, I would have gathered more data from persons who went down the road before me. There is a lot of great information out there if you look for it. Also, don’t just seek information from the forensic field. I obtained some valuable information about chemical storage and disposal from the Quality Manager of Clark University. ISO 17025 applies to all types of laboratories and quality managers can be found in all types of labs, industries and universities. Many of them have been doing this stuff for years. We are especially grateful to LPE Anne Steinmetz who gave us some excellent advice early on, my city’s architect, Julie Lynch, who did a tremendous job with our renovation project, and the folks at NFSTC who provide excellent examples of quality documents on their website http://www.nfstc.org/programs/quality-documents/. The booklet, “Introduction to Accreditation for Forensic Labs,” by Murray Malcolm and Harold Peel murraymalcom@sasktel.nete was a great help to me in putting together my Quality Manual gradyd@worcesterma.gov. I would also advise anyone seeking accreditation to obtain membership to ASCLD. Their workshops and annual symposium provide invaluable training for all forensic quality issues.

    Following the report by the National Academy of Sciences, the time has never been more appropriate to work toward laboratory accreditation and analyst certification. 


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