Even with the advent of DNA and other forensic technologies, latent fingerprints continue to be one of the single most important methods for biometric identification and criminal investigation. During this course, participants will receive information, techniques, and methods for processing latent fingerprints. Students will learn how to enhance visible fingerprints from crime scenes, as well as from physical evidence. Course instruction is through lecture and practical laboratory application.
This course meets Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) requirements Texas Forensic Science Academy Latent Print Processing Course #40055.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Course Completion Requirements
- Must be licensed or certified peace officers with a current commission or non-commissioned personnel assigned to investigate/process crime scenes.
- Digital SLR camera
- Camera instruction manual
- Camera cable release
- Macro lens or diopters
- Laptop computer and photo card reader (for photo review)
TopicsDNA and latent prints +Documentation of Latent prints +Latent processing with chemicals, dyes, and non-powder processes +Physiology of latent prints +Powder processing +Processing blood prints +Processing fingerprints on difficult surfaces
- Law Enforcement and non-commissioned personnel assigned to crime scene investigation
Continuing Education & Professional Credits