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IT Project in Poland Supporting LP Development on Difficult Porous and Non-Porous Surfaces
by the Central Forensic Laboratory in Warsaw and the Police Academy in Szczytno, Poland

Poster presentation at the International Association for Identification's (IAI) 99th International Educational Conference - August 2014
This poster from S. Zubanski, A. Tyzwa, T. Szcepanski, K. Klemczak and U. Wieckiewicz outlines the planned development of software cataloguing and documenting validated processes for latent print development on difficult surfaces.  Additionally, IT development will include creation of a comprehensive electronic infrastructure supporting forensic units with modern software solutions for real world conditions. The project is supported by The National Centre for Research and Development.

Fingermark Visualisation Manual
by Helen Bandey, PhD
Presented at the International Association for Identification's (IAI) 99th International Educational Conference - August 2014
The presentation explained and demonstrated the automated, interactive fingerprint visualization manual.  (These slides are not interactive, but include screen shots of sample pages from various sections.)

This manual replaces the widely used "Manual of Fingerprint Development Techniques." It has been vastly revised and extended and it is presented in a new style to reflect advances in both science and operational practice. 

The new manual has been implemented across all UK police forces. Others may purchase the electronic manual from


Administrative Decisions within the Universal Latent Workstation Software
by Patricia Mason, Training Instructor, FBI CJIS
Presented at the International Association for Identification's (IAI)
99th International Educational Conference - August 2014
This presentation explains new features of the FBI's newest (soon to be released) ULW software.  New capabilities include civil database searches, a direct email interface (still being developed), Next Generation Identification (NGI) interface capabilities, and much more.


Understanding Digital Image Processing
by Allison Loll, PhD, CLPE
Presented at the International Association for Identification's (IAI)
99th International Educational Conference - August 2014
This presentation (A Look Behind the Scenes: Understanding Digital Imaging Processing) addresses important aspects of digital imaging, including accurate and complete answers for image processing-related questions in court.


Conducting Forensic Science Research Projects
by Robert Ramotowski
Presented at the International Association for Identification's (IAI)
99th International Educational Conference - August 2014

Topics addressed include effective planning, research, design, conduct, documentation and publication of forensic science research.


Latent Print Research Projects
by Robert Ramotowski
Presented at the International Association for Identification (IAI)
99th International Educational Conference - August 201
This presentation covers a variety of US Secret Service research, including the following

- Developing Latent Prints on Coated Papers

- Developing Latent Prints on Stone Papers

- Impact of Latent Print Reagents on Ink Analysis

- Processing Business Envelopes with Polystyrene Windows

- Effect of Acidifying Ninhydrin on Latent Print Development

A Review of Recently Published Fingerprint Research
by Robert Ramotowski
Presented at the International Association for Identification (IAI)
99th International Educational Conference - August 201

It is difficult for most latent print examiners to keep up with articles published in so many different journals. This presentation provides a brief overview of a selection of articles published since 2013.


More IAI Presentations coming soon...

If you are a Fingerprint Professional, you should consider joining the IAI, The Fingerprint Society, or both.  Click here to visit The IAI on the web Click here to visit The Fingerprint Society on the web


World's Largest Database

As of April 20124ometric) system, with over 200 million fingerprint, face and iris biometric records.  UIAI  plans to collect as many as 600 million multi-modal record by the end of 2014.  India's Unique Identification project is also known as Aadhaar, a word meaning "the foundation" in several Indian languages.  Aadhaar is a voluntary program, with the ambitious goal of eventually providing reliable national ID documents for most of India's 1.2 billion residents.
With a database larger than any other in the world, Aadhaar's ability to leverage automated fingerprint and iris technology enables rapid and reliable searching and identification impossible to accomplish with just fingerprint technology in such a large system, especially when searching children and elderly residents' biometric records.

The Philosophy of Friction Ridge Examination interesting presentation by Boyd Baumgartner.  Here is a link to other vimeo presentations Boyd has created. 


Tips, Tricks and Best Kept Secrets (Universal Latent Workstation and NGI) presented 11 August 2011 by Jeff Carlyle at the 96th Annual IAI Conference .

Latent Print Development Techniques for Thermal Paper   presented 10 August 2011 by Aldo Mattei and Federico Cervelli at the 96th Annual IAI Conference.    

Chicken or the Egg: Process for Latent Prints or DNA First? presented 9 August 2011 by Diana Tabor and Karley Hujet at the 96th Annual IAI Conference.

Community of Fingerprint Experts in Columbia
(Espanol       -       English via Babelfish)

Fingerprint Sourcebook now available here.  This is the sourcebook many of us have heard about (and worked on) in recent years.

Get the Latest Version of Universal Latent Print Workstation (ULW 6.2.21)
... Even if you do not currently submit latent print searches directly to the FBI, you may Use ULW Extended Feature Set capabilities to help with casework documentation of Level 1, 2 and 3 information.  ULW now includes casework management tools.

SWGFAST Glossary and other Documents 

NIST Latent Fingerprint Home Page

NAS Report:  Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward


Access the 41-page Free Executive Summary here.


Report Description from the National Academies Press

"Scores of talented and dedicated people serve the forensic science community, performing vitally important work. However, they are often constrained by lack of adequate resources, sound policies, and national support. It is clear that change and advancements, both systematic and scientific, are needed in a number of forensic science disciplines to ensure the reliability of work, establish enforceable standards, and promote best practices with consistent application. Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward provides a detailed plan for addressing these needs and suggests the creation of a new government entity, the National Institute of Forensic Science, to establish and enforce standards within the forensic science community.

The benefits of improving and regulating the forensic science disciplines are clear: assisting law enforcement officials, enhancing homeland security, and reducing the risk of wrongful conviction and exoneration. Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States gives a full account of what is needed to advance the forensic science disciplines, including upgrading of systems and organizational structures, better training, widespread adoption of uniform and enforceable best practices, and mandatory certification and accreditation programs."


News Release on the report.


Access the report here

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Webcast of 18 Feb 2009 NAS briefing.



New forensic term after 18 Feb 2009 (?):  

Nif·ty [ níftee ]

adjective (comparative nif·ti·er, superlative nif·ti·est)


1. compliant with National Institute of Forensic Science requirements.

2. stylish and good-looking: fashionable and good-looking

3. agile: good, quick, and clever at doing something or using something

4. very good: very good or effective


Click here to see news articles on this topic. 

Identifying the Needs of the Forensic Sciences Community  Interesting documents online at the National Academies of Science Committee on Science, Technology and Law 



Presented by the FBI Laboratory at the IAI Conference on 18 August 2008

Right-click and download before opening these large files:

PDF Slides (2.4 Mb)

PowerPoint Slides (3.1 Mb)


See new Standards and Draft Standards from SWGFAST   


Position Paper on Latent Fingerprint Identification from the IAI...  29 Nov 2007, from the International Association for Identification.


Acid Yellow FP

ACID YELLOW Development of Bloody Latent Prints on Dark Surfaces... 
7 Jul 2007 IAI presentation, courtesy of the US Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory.

Right-click here to download the large PowerPoint version of this presentation, then open on your computer.

Right-click here to download the large PDF version of this presentation, then open on your computer.

Ninhydrin Development without expensive or dangerous solvents.  Research from Korea...

Major Case Prints DRAFT Card 
A new card for recording all finger joints/tips and thenar (base of palm) areas was drafted by SWGFAST

See images of the new card here.
The new card is intended to facilitate comprehensive record finger and palm prints (AKA Major Case Prints) when fully completed with existing FBI Fingerprint Card (Form FD-249 front and back ) and FBI Palmprint Card (Form FD-884 front and back ) records.   The new card form number is expected to be FD-884A.

MCP standardization will assist AFIS as more vendors design systems for handling all friction ridge areas of the hands.  

The Madrid Error Prints, including Algerian Ouhnane Daoud's record print, are online here .

The US Department of Justice's March 2006 documents related to the Madrid Error are online at

(Recommend downloading these files before opening from your computer).

Among other findings, the 330 page report criticizes the FBI Laboratory's Examination SOP, and SWGFAST guidelines, as repetitive, vague and general.  

The five-page conclusion from the report is available here
(much smaller file) .  
" The Myth of Goats : How many people have fingerprints that are hard to match?"
by Austin Hicklin, Craig Watson and Brad Ulery

Published as a NIST Interagency Report, NISTIR 7271


7 Sep 2005 Massachusetts Supreme Court Oral Arguments (swf file type) about Admissibility of Simultaneous Impressions RE: Commonwealth v. Patterson

New Hampshire June 2005 Daubert Challenge  

Another Simon Cole Article about Fingerprint Error Rates ...Cole begins by hinting that fingerprint testimony is similar to selling fake insurance policies (right-click to save and open this 94 page pdf document)



Reagents Screen Snapshot
Processing Reagent Guide

Alex Mankevich's Excellent Resource at CBDIAI

Is Fingerprinting a Science?

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Dr. Henry Faulds Monument in Japan

13 March 2002 Order from Judge Pollak
Judge Pollak Reversed Himself

Judge Pollak Reverses Himself
The Honorable Louis H. Pollak wrote:
Based on the foregoing considerations, I have concluded that arrangements which, subject to careful trial court oversight, are felt to be sufficiently reliable in England, ought likewise to be found sufficiently reliable in the federal courts of the United States, subject to similar measures of trial court oversight. In short, I have changed my mind. "Wisdom too often never comes, and so" - as Justice Frankfurter admonished himself and every judge - "one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late." (7 January 2002 Court Decision partially against fingerprints Court Decision )

PA v. Vikara, Convicted After Starrs' Testimony
Prof. James Starrs was called as an expert in the methodology of fingerprint comparison, but renounced much of his written report during cross-examination.  Hearing was October 22, 2001... Defendant convicted of 1st Degree Murder and Robbery... sentenced to death. Defendant died January 10, 2002 in the State Correctional Institute at Camp Hill, PA.

Critical Author's Opinion Ruled Junk Science
A New York state judge listened to testimony by Simon Cole about why he considers the science of fingerprint identification suspect... and ruled, ..."Even applying the Federal Court's Daubert Standard, what Dr. Cole has offered here is 'junk science"... 
( Court Decision ) ( Cole's Testimony )

Notorious Daubert Challenge - Bin Laden's Terrorist Tried It
After his April 6, 2001 conviction, Ahmed Ressam was known to most of us as just another criminal who failed in his bid to exclude incriminating fingerprint evidence. As Paul Harvey would say, we now know the rest of the story... 

A Statement Regarding Am eri can News Shows and Articles about Fingerprint Evidence Credibility in Court...


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