Even with the advent of DNA and other forensic technologies, fingerprints continue to be one of the single most important methods for biometric identification and criminal investigation. During this course, participants will receive information and learn 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.
- Licensed or certified peace officer with a current
commission employed by or attached to a law enforcement/investigative
- Civilian employed by a law enforcement/investigative agency
conducting investigative tasks or duties
- Nurse employed by a medical facility tasked with conducting
Course Completion Requirements
Student Must Provide
- Digital SLR camera
Course Attire / PPE
- Class activities include the use of powders and chemical reagents; PPE is provided for use by participants.
- Closed toe shoes
Class attendance is an essential part of the education
process, and participants in TEEX courses are expected to attend all class
sessions and field exercises. The course
requires participants to attend a minimum of 80% of the class hours as a
component of successful course completion.
During the course, your instructor will review any additional attendance
requirements, for example a field exercise that cannot be missed.
To receive course and TCOLE credit, participants employed by
or attached to law enforcement/investigative agencies must attend the class in
Prior Training Courses or Knowledge
Student May Bring
- Camera instruction manual
- Camera cable release
- Macro lens or diopters
- Laptop computer and photo card reader (for photo review)
Course Attire / PPE
- Class activities involve powders and chemicals; participants are encouraged to wear older, comfortable clothing
TopicsDNA and 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+Documentation of latent prints
Law enforcement and non-commissioned personnel assigned to
investigative tasks and duties such as latent print processors, crime scene investigators, fire investigators, detectives, medicolegal
death investigators and patrol officers
Continuing Education and Professional CreditsTexas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE)+ACE+International Association of Identification (IAI)