Volume 47, Issue 3 (May 2002)

    Review of: Contrast: An Investigator's Basic Reference Guide to Fingerprint Identification Concepts

    Published Online: May

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    This book was written as a guidebook to illustrate the basic concepts involved in the science of fingerprints and fingerprint identification and, according to the author, is intended for new and experienced crime scene investigators, patrol officers, attorneys, and students "who seek to add fingerprint identification to their investigative skills." The guidebook is meant to give a general background in fingerprint concepts and the reader should not view himself or herself as proficient in fingerprint identification after reading this book. As the author points out in the introduction, "On the average, it takes about 5 years of training and fieldwork to be considered a proficient and experienced fingerprint specialist." At the very least, a fingerprint identification expert should successfully complete a two to three year training program in all facets of fingerprints at a qualified training laboratory under the guidance of court recognized experts to be considered an expert in latent prints. The author correctly points out that becoming proficient in the area of fingerprints is basically a learned experience from on-the-job training, but that the basis for fingerprint identification and advances in processing techniques makes it desirable to have knowledge in scientific disciplines.


    Author Information:

    Sinke, MJ
    Latent Print Specialist, Speckin Forensic Laboratories, Okemos, MI


    Stock #: JFS15328J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS15328J

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    Title Review of: Contrast: An Investigator's Basic Reference Guide to Fingerprint Identification Concepts
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30