Latent Prints


EVIDENCE PROCESSING FOR LATENT PRINTS & LATENT PRINT EXAMINATION



The Latent Print Department utilizes various techniques for the development and enhancement of latent fingerprints on submitted evidence, conducts examinations of developed and/or submitted latent prints to known standards, conducts AFIS searches, and utilizes various techniques to attempt to recover fingerprint standards from the human skin of unknown persons for identification.

AUTOMATED FINGERPRINT IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM (AFIS)

The Latent Print Department utilizes AFIS technology. Latent fingerprints and palm prints in the form of latent lifts and/or digital images may be submitted to the Latent Print Department for AFIS search. Latent lifts should be properly labeled to include the location lifted, date lifted, and the person who collected the evidence. Digital images must include a scale in the image. Submitted latents will be evaluated to determine the suitability for AFIS entry.

PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO

The Photography Studio provides specialized photography services in support of the SLED Forensic Services Laboratory. The studio can also provide assistance to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies upon request.
The Photography Studio provides technical expertise in the following categories:

  • General evidence photography
  • Impression evidence photography for examination
  • Alternate light source photography
  • Infrared photography
  • Digital image enhancement
  • Film scanning
  • Aerial photography





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