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Webservant (Member)
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Posted on Monday, March 24, 2008 - 08:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I believe the future of friction ridge identification will include solutions to some or all of the following administrative problems:
  • Absence of mandatory national expert certification with annual proficiency testing.*
  • Absence of standardized national training to competency program for fingerprint experts.*
  • Absence of sufficient fingerprint expert training facilities and programs (shortage of experts ůmany crimes not processed).
  • Absence of sufficient funds for needed research.
I believe future friction ridge identification research will focus on solving the following important technology problems:
  • Absence of comprehensive statistical modeling using all friction ridge detail present (to support latent print individualization and accurate qualified conclusions).
  • AFIS technology immature for single and partial finger comparisons (often low resolution and never uses all detail). Lights-out IDs for most latent prints would dramatically increase crime solving.
* Training to competency in accordance with national guidelines/standards, certification, and annual proficiency testing is voluntary in America, but mandatory in some other countries.

The above is extracted from slides 66 and 67 of the 23 April 2007 presentation on fingerprints here.
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Gerald Clough (Unregistered Guest)
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Sadly, predictions of the future rarely turn out to be accurate. But seriously,folks...

The future...? As with most forensic fields, there are two futures, the legal and the technological. As for legal, I think all the related comparative forensic disciplines will gain more complete and detailed accepted standards of practice. I think there will be more attention to providing for defense-side expert consultation, which will shift the bulk of legal argument to arguing specific results and less wrangling over bias and procedure. That's not a small thing. Most results are unchallenged on account of most attorneys knowing little of the field.

As for technological, detection and enhancement will continue to become more sophisticated, and DNA recovery from the same evidence will become more important.
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What is the future for finger printing?

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