Fingerprint Evidence Processing, Collection, and Photography – Tucson, AZ

Fingerprint Evidence Processing, Collection, and Photography - Tucson, AZ

Course Dates
Feb 13, 2017 - Feb 17, 2017

Course Time
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Morgan Hays and Lawrence Stringham


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Tucson Police Department Crime Lab
1306 W. Miracle Mile
Tucson, Arizona 85641

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Course Information

This course is presented in partnership with the International Association for Identification.



Course Description

The processing, collection, and preservation of fingerprint evidence are primary concerns for those who have conducted crime scene investigations for the past 100 years. Many of the individuals who are currently charged with this responsibility have not had the opportunity to attend a course of instruction on the proper application of latent fingerprint processing techniques that are available to them.

This comprehensive 40-hour course on the processing, recovery, and photography of latent print evidence has been designed for detectives, crime scene investigators, and fingerprint identification specialists. This course will provide both lecture and hands on techniques for processing latent prints on various surface types, using both mechanical and chemical techniques. Additionally, students attending this course will learn to take legible fingerprints that are suitable for booking, eliminations, and other uses.

The course will also introduce students to photographic and lighting techniques that are useful in the documentation of latent print evidence. Photography is essential in cases where prints cannot be otherwise collected, where processing techniques do not render permanent results, and in cases where processed evidence is not readily visible or discernable to the naked eye. Since this course presents techniques that include fluorescent fingerprint powders and dye stains, an overview of forensic light sources will be presented and students will have access to forensic light sources in order to visualize and photograph the evidence they process in class. See all of the course topics to the right and all chemical and mechanical processes on the next page.

Lodging Information

Comfort Suites at Tucson Mall
515 West Auto Mall Drive
Tucson AZ 85705

We have arranged for a block of rooms at the Comfort Suites at Tucson Mall - 515 West Auto Mall Drive, Tucson, AZ 85705, at the special rate of $106 per night.

In order to receive this special rate, call (520) 888-6676 and mention the “Tri-Tech Forensics” course when you make your reservation.

This smoke-free hotel offers free WiFi, fitness center, a marketplace, an outdoor heated pool and whirlpool. Start your morning in Tucson with a free hot breakfast offering everything from eggs, waffles, and healthy options such as yogurt and fresh fruit. The hotel is within walking distance of a variety of shops, restaurants, and entertainment in the unique desert city.

Register for this Course

To register for this course, please download the Course Registration Form (PDF file). Fill out the form and email the completed PDF file to Phil Sanfilippo at