FSA104 – 40.00 Hours

Currently there are no scheduled classes for this course. However, in some cases a course can be scheduled to meet your organization’s specific needs. For more information about this course or to schedule a class, please contact Institute for Law Enforcement and Protective Services Excellence at (800) 423-8433 or ilepse@teex.tamu.edu to get the latest schedule.

Course Description

Latent Print Processing

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.

Prerequisites

Participants enrolling in this course must meet one of the following employment statuses:

  • Licensed or certified peace officer with a current commission employed by or attached to a law enforcement/investigative agency
  • Civilian employed by a law enforcement/investigative agency conducting investigative tasks or duties
  • Nurse employed by a medical facility tasked with conducting forensic examinations

Prior to the start of the course, a member of the Forensic Science Academy staff will contact participants to verify employment in one of the fields listed above. Students will be contacted via email to confirm approval and admittance into the course.

Course Completion Requirements

Student Must Provide

  • Digital SLR camera
  • Tripod

Course Attire / PPE

  • Class activities include the use of powders and chemical reagents; PPE is provided for use by participants.
  • Closed toe shoes

Attendance Requirements

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 requirement, for example a field exercise that cannot be missed. 

Participants in a TCOLE credit course must complete the class in its entirety to receive TCOLE credit.

Recommended

Prior Training Courses or Knowledge

Please fax proof of course completion to (877) 289-9715 or send an email to ilepse@teex.tamu.edu at least two weeks prior to class start date.  Participants will be contacted via email to confirm approval and admittance into course.

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

Topics

  • DNA 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

Suggested Audience

  • 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 Credits

Note: Live Online Instructor-Led (webinar) courses are not eligible for TCOLE credit.

  • 40.00 hours – Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE)
  • 3.00 hours – ACE
  • 20.00 hours – International Association of Identification (IAI)

Contact Information

Institute for Law Enforcement and Protective Services Excellence
Phone: (979) 845-6677 | Toll-Free: (800) 423-8433
Email: ilepse@teex.tamu.edu

Payment Info

  • Credit Card – Complete online registration or call (979) 845-6677
  • Purchase Order – Complete registration form and send to ilepse@teex.tamu.edu or fax to (877) 289-9715
  • Check – Complete registration form and mail to: TEEX – ILEPSE, P.O. Box 40006, College Station, TX 77842

Thank you so very much. The [BEDC] course was both very informative and interesting. It wafs a pleasure getting to meet everyone there and hearing about their experiences along with their input.

— Miroslava Valdez, BEDC Participant, Manager, Weslaco Economic Development Corporation
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