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Webservant
Posted on Thursday, February 02, 2006 - 09:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Your questions have been answered elsewhere on this board in various locations.

Q1 - What types of evidence are fingerprint experts responsible for?
A1 - All types submitted to them for examination. Typically, this means any item with a relatively smooth surface. If you can ink a rubber name stamp and impress a legible mark (can read your name) on a surface, then there is the potential that identifiable latent finger or palm prints could be recovered from that type of surface. Generally, any area of friction ridge detail that is large enough to be covered with the tip of a pencil eraser may be identifiable (if the detail has sufficient quality/clarity).

Q2 - What is the fingerprint expert's role in an investigation?
A2 - Examine evidence for the presence of latent finger or palm prints ...then compare identifiable prints against any submitted prints (victim, witnesses, police, suspects, etc.) and against appropriate automated fingerprint database candidates. There are other steps and peripheral duties involving such things as inventory and custody of evidence, report writing, quality control and quality assurance steps involving many phases of the examination process, coordination with attorneys before court, and government administrative responsibilities.

Q3 - How is evidence useful in an investigation?
A3 - People tend to tell lies. Physical evidence may help reveal the truth by showing that certain persons touched a surface.

Q4 - What specifically do fingerprint experts do with the evidence-scientifically?
A4 - Please read the FAQs at this website.

Q5 - What other people are involved in solving crimes that fingerprint experts work most closely with?
A5 - The persons who bring the evidence to fingerprint experts, and those who pick it up after examination is finished. On occasions when court testimony is needed, fingerprint experts will interface with prosecutors and defense attorneys. Somewhat like a Russian language interpretor explaining in court what a document says, fingerprint experts relate just the facts about their examinations without regard for whether it helps or hinders the prosecutor or defense. On a case-by-case basis, fingerprint expert findings (reports) are more beneficial to defense than to the prosecutor.
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Tennischick288
Posted on Thursday, February 02, 2006 - 01:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

*What types of evidence are fingerprint experts responsible for?
*What is the fingerprint expert's role in an investigation?
*How is evidence useful in an investigation?
*What specifically do fingerprint experts do with the evidence-scientifically?
*What other people are involved in solving crimes that fingerprint experts work most closely with?

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