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Welcome to the August 2013 Crime Scene Investigator Network Newsletter

Ridge Detail at a Crime Scene

Mike Byrd

Many very good articles and books have been written on fingerprint technology. For the crime scene investigator or evidence recovery technician assigned the task of recovering fingerprint impressions at the crime scene, it is important that they have a good solid foundation of the basic knowledge. The knowledge should include the basic terminology, the equipment that is available , safety standards for the products being used and the basic skills that are being applied in the field.

Fingerprint identification
In criminal investigations fingerprints are one of the oldest and most common types of physical evidence found at a crime scene. One of the primary goals of the investigation deals with identification. Whether the identification is that of an unknown victim (body found at the side of the road) or that of the perpetrator of a crime. The ridge detail developed and recovered at a crime scene and later identified by a fingerprint examiner becomes an investigative lead (starting point) for the detectives assigned to the investigation. A fingerprint is simply defined as friction ridge detail of the hands and the feet. The friction ridges serve two basic purposes. First they allow us to grip and hold on to various surfaces. In forensics, they serve as a method of individual identification.

Fingerprints and The Crime Scene Investigator/Technician
Departments and agencies throughout the country vary as to whom is assigned the duties of processing the crime scene and recovery of the latent impressions.

The goal of the crime scene investigator or evidence recovery technician is recognition and recovery of friction ridge detail that might be deposited on the many different surfaces at a crime scene. The crime scene investigator/technician must have an understanding of the types of ridge detail that may be deposited on the scene, the types of surfaces that would retain the detail, and the methods used in recovering those deposits. The biggest challenge for technology today is adopting to keep up with the ever-changing surface materials.

Categories of prints
Different regions of the country have different phrases used to describe the terminology and techniques in ridge detail deposit and recovery. There are three basic categories or types of impressions that may be deposited, detected, developed if need be and recovered at a crime scene.

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Identification Technican (Cyber Crimes Technician)  |  Anchorage Police Department, Alaska
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CSI In The News

Minnesota's top forensic scientists study blood spatter
We know that DNA evidence has changed criminal investigations, led to arrests, convictions, exonerations. The same is true for another type of forensic science. - by Trisha Volpe - August 16, 2013

How one CSI learned to cope with trauma
If you want to be a CSI, you have to deal with disturbing scenes - and get your hands very, very dirty - with Leischen Stelter - August 15, 2013

Baltimore County police show off latest crime fighting technology
A 360-degree crime scene room scanner, a device that can match bullet casings like fingerprints and a high definition impression analyzer may sound like crime-fighting tools found in popular science fiction... - August 14, 2013

New Forensic Crime Lab In Weld County About To Open Its Doors
A new forensic crime lab in Weld County is about to open its doors and that's great news for law enforcement across Northern Colorado.
CBS Denver - August 10, 2013

New forensic technique for analysing lipstick traces
A study by forensic scientists at the University of Kent has established a new way of identifying which brand of lipstick someone was wearing at a crime scene without removing the evidence from its bag, thereby avoiding possible contamination. - August 8, 2013

MorphoTrak announces new software for police database access
New software supplied by MorphoTrak of the United States will provide law enforcement personnel greater access to suspect identification databases.
United Press International, Inc. - August 6, 2013

Fast Shadow Copy Access with Forensic Explorer
Volume Shadow Copies are a potential gold mine for the forensic investigator - August 5, 2013

Shadows and light: Dartmouth researchers develop new software to detect forged photos
Dartmouth and UC Berkeley researchers have developed new software to detect faked photos, using a geometric algorithm to locate inconsistent shadows that are not obvious to the naked eye. - Source: Dartmouth College - August 5, 2013

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