Instructors: Pat A. Wertheim, CLPE, & Deborah E. Smith, CLPE Course length: 40 hours
The Comprehensive Latent Print Comparison course is one that involves a significant amount of latent print comparisons, as well as the pertinent information on the science. This will be far more involved than a basic-level comparison class but will be one that could be taken by any level of examiner, new or experienced, as it will have various levels of comparison exercises and knowledge throughout the course.
This forty-hour course is best suited for individuals performing any level of tenprint/latent print comparisons - from basic to advanced. (Foundational knowledge and working vocabulary of fingerprint terminology recommended.) It is also applicable to crime scene personnel who play a key role in the collection and evaluation of latent print evidence.
Goals of the Workshop
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will increase in both speed of comparisons and in ability to make difficult identifications. Students will improve their understanding of latent print documentation and their effectiveness at court testimony. Students will be able to explain philosophies of the science, including that under which statistical modeling is gaining acceptance in fingerprint identification, and will understand the requirements under various accrediting authorities. Students will be able to testify in accordance with current best practices in the field of fingerprint identification.
*Latent to Inked Comparison Exercises will be assigned at the students’ skill level and will become increasingly more difficult as the course progresses.
Created and Developed by Pat A. Wertheim, CLPE, & Deborah E. Smith, CLPE
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