Volume 24, Issue 3 (July 1979)
Case Analysis of Fingerprint Detection by Laser
Laser detection of fingerprints, as described in an earlier paper , entails exposure of crime scene exhibits to laser light and photography (or direct viewing) of any fingerprints thereby induced. The Ontario Provincial Police Force has initiated laser examination of exhibits for fingerprints to evaluate the effectiveness of this technique and to obtain additional data that might further exploit the luminescence of fingerprints on materials under examination. Glass, metal, wood, cloth, stone, and plastic exhibits were examined for fingerprints under laser light. Many of these surfaces yielded localized luminescence that may or may not have been the result of fingerprint deposit.