Instructors: Sharon Plotkin, EDD, CCSI,
& Laura Zinn, MS, CCSI
Course length: 24 hours
Advanced Fluorescent Fingerprint Processing & Photography
Not all fingerprints can be seen with the human eye. Experienced crime scene and law enforcement personnel understand this. To overcome this challenge chemicals, dye stains and alternate light sources are utilized in successfully locating, documenting and collecting this important evidence to assist lab personnel in analyzing and identification.
The purpose of this 24-hour Advanced Fluorescent Fingerprint Processing & Photography workshop is to introduce to crime scene and law enforcement personnel how to utilize alternate lights sources, chemicals and dye stains in detecting and enhancing evidence effectively so that the fingerprint lifts can be analyzed and evaluated. Photographing these developed latent fingerprints is also important and will be addressed in this workshop.
The objective of this Advanced Fluorescent Fingerpront Processing & Photography course is to introduce attendees how to use chemicals and dye stains on challenging surfaces utilizing the most effective techniques, then to photograph these developed latent fingerprints with an alternate light source. Several fingerprinting techniques will be discussed, examined and utilized. Attendees will utilize chemicals such as Basic Yellow, Ardrox, Cyanoacrylate, MBD, Ninhydrin, DFO, Indanedione, Iodine, RAM and fluorescent powders in locating fingerprint evidence. Chain of custody, such as property receipts, packaging of fingerprint evidence will also be introduced.
This workshop will be taught by crime scene personnel.
Holding Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology, a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work, and an Associate of Arts degree in Psychology, Sharon Plotkin is currently seeking a doctoral degree in education.
Sharon has received specialized training in various fields of crime scene investigations, including bloodstain reconstruction, photography, crime scene reconstruction, fingerprinting, shoe wear casting and other various topics. She is certified in crime scene investigations and has been doing crime scene work for almost 21 years.
Laura Zinn, MS, CCSI
Holding a Master of Science degree in Forensics with a concentration in Medico-Legal Death Investigation and a focus in Human Identity and Trauma Analysis (Forensic Anthropology), along with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Forensic Studies and Criminal Justice, Laura Zinn CCSI is an Adjunct Professor of Forensic Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers, Florida.
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