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Basic Latent Print Identification

Course Description:  This course is a basic introduction into the science of friction ridge analysis and fingerprint identification.  This course provides the foundation in friction ridge analysis covering the history of fingerprints, pattern recognition and comparison techniques. Teaching through lecture with PowerPoint presentations, classroom demonstrations and discussions as well as student practicum exercises.

This course is instructed by members of the Pennsylvania State Police, Bureau of Forensics Services.

Instructional Hours: 5 Days/32 hours

Instructional Objectives: Upon successful completion of the course the student will have acquired knowledge and basic information related to the history, physiology, terminology, and identification related to friction ridge skin and latent prints.  The student will have developed skills related to fingerprint pattern recognition and identification.

After completion, the student will be able to:

  • Basic information relating to friction ridge identification.
  • Principles relating to the ACE-V methodology and current events within the fingerprint community.
  • Skills required to identify similarities, patterns, and location relating to the comparison of latent prints and known prints.
  • Techniques and Equipment required for possible identification and quality for submission to AFIS for identification.

Requirement: Student must bring a small flashlight. Student must wear safety goggles, provided at Laboratory, at all times while in the laboratory.

Couse Completion Requirements:  Attendance and successful completion of a knowledge check.

Audience:  PSP Enlisted; MP

MPOETC CLEE Hours:  32 - CLEE ID#: CLEE00556

Registration: Please register for the classes below using this form

Locations: For a list of all training centers and directions, please visit the Training Center Page.


Not Offered at This TimeCpl. Joe Glasmire, jglasmire@pa.govYes


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