Moving Towards Professionalization of Latent Print Examiners

    Volume 24, Issue 3 (July 1979)

    ISSN: 0022-1198


    Published Online: 1 July 1979

    Page Count: 5

    Cowger, JF
    Fingerprint examiner, Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department, Martinez, Calif.

    (Received 4 January 1979; accepted 7 February 1979)


    Latent print comparison is the oldest and most trusted practice within the forensic sciences. Age has not, however, imbued it with nearly the professional stature that should be accorded an art or science that has contributed so much to law enforcement and criminal justice. Many of the problems that stand in the way of professionalization for latent print examiners can be addressed only with long-term solutions. There are, however, some things that latent print examiners should do, as individuals, that will help to accelerate their recognition as forensic scientists, just as firearms examiners, handwriting examiners, and even general criminalists are so recognized.

    Paper ID: JFS10874J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10874J

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    Title Moving Towards Professionalization of Latent Print Examiners
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30