Fundamentals of Latent Print Examination was designed to discuss basic principles and procedures used in the latent print section of the forensic laboratory. The course provides an overview of the types of substrates, development techniques, and examination process that are currently seen and used in the latent print discipline. The content not only addresses practices and methods, but includes the proper handling and preservation of latent print evidence. Also, the course describes how examiners should present themselves and latent print evidence during courtroom testimony.
Cost: $0 - 225. This course takes 34 hours to complete, on average.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Define what a latent print is and explain the difference between a latent print and exemplar print
Identify the different regions and minutiae in a latent print
Describe the different types of substrates latent prints can be found on and the different development techniques an examiner can use
Discuss the ways to preserve latent print evidence
Describe and successfully perform the ACE-V process
Discuss how an examiner handles expert testimony
Course Structure and Schedule
This is a non-credit course offering 5.74 ILUs. (What is ILU?) Average completion time for the course is 34 hours. The course cost is $225 per registration (with the exception of public lab employees, law enforcement, public attorneys, and federal employees – please see "Registration Information" below). A certificate of completion will be issued to students successfully meeting course requirements.
Table of Contents
Unit 1: What is a Latent Print?
Unit 2: Pattern Types and Ridges
Unit 3: Development Techniques for Latent Prints
Unit 4: Substrate Analysis
Unit 5: Distortion of Latent Prints
Unit 6: Preservation and Packaging
Unit 7: ACE-V
Unit 8: Expert Testimony
Registration for this course requires the completion of Forensic Science Initiative’s “Science of Fingerprints” online course or the equivalent. If you register for this course before completing “Science of Fingerprints” or equivalent, your registration will be placed on hold until you complete the prerequisite course. Please contact the instructor, Anthony Iten, if you have questions about an equivalent to the "Science of Fingerprints".
A printable version of the course content is available in PDF format in the course library for future reference. Course readings are also available in PDF format.
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There are free software plug-ins available in the Getting Started area of the course.
Basic computer skills are required (i.e. turning on your computer, navigating to websites, etc.). The course is user-friendly but support is available if needed.
Anthony Iten is a Forensic Science Technician with Forensic Science Initiative. He graduated from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota with a Bachelors of Arts degree and Forensic Science Certificate. Anthony has spent time working in the Drug Chemistry and Latent Print sections in the St. Paul Police Department Crime Lab in St. Paul, Minnesota. His responsibilities include online course development and assistance in training professionals in the forensic field. He is currently developing a Latent Print online course. Contact: email@example.com, 304-293-5186
Samantha Neal is the Instructional Coordinator for the Forensic Science Initiative, a program that develops research, scientific resources, and professional training for forensic scientists and related professionals. Her primary responsibilities are the development and coordination of online continuing education courses in forensic science and continuing education programs. She has undergraduate degrees in both Forensic and Investigative Sciences and Chemistry.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 304-293-5836
Why was a correct answer on a quiz, marked incorrect? Answer: Quizzes are graded automatically by the computer. However each quiz will be reviewed by the instructor in order to double check the system. The instructor is able to update your grade if necessary.
Do I have to respond to the discussion questions? Answer: Yes, all discussion questions for this course are required and are graded.
Who do I contact if I’m having problems with the course?
Answer: If you are having trouble with registration or accessing the online course, please call OIT at 304-293-4444. Make sure you state that you are a non-credit eCampus student.
If the problem is related to the course material, please email the instructor who will respond to your email as soon as possible.
Can I look at the material while taking the quiz? Answer: Yes, the quiz open in a new window so you can review the course information.
I’m having problems viewing the images of the prints in the assignment. How do I make them better? Answer: You can print off all the latent and exemplar prints to view them better. If this does not work, then save each image individually and re-open the image Windows Photo Viewer.
Please read below to determine your eligibility. If you have any eligibility questions please contact Forensic Science Initiative at FSI@mail.wvu.eduBEFORE you register. Registration is accepted year-round for this course.
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