Volume 24, Issue 3 (July 1979)

    Moving Towards Professionalization of Latent Print Examiners

    (Received 4 January 1979; accepted 7 February 1979)

    Published Online: July


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    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.

    Author Information:

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

    Stock #: JFS10874J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10874J

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