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Latent Print Photography

Course Description:  This course provides instructional training in the basic principles in identifying latent prints.  Students will also understand the use of proper lighting techniques needed to photograph and document latent fingerprints.  Lecture with PowerPoint presentations, classroom demonstrations and discussions as well as student practicum exercises will be utilized. 

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

Instructional Hours:  3 Days/16 Hours

Instructional Objectives: Upon successful completion of the course the student will have acquired the skills to properly locate, develop, and photograph latent fingerprints on a variety of substrates.

After completion, the student will be able to:

  • Why we photograph latent prints.
  • How to discover and document details of a latent print.
  • What makes a good latent print photograph/evidentiary photograph.
  • Basic camera equipment and accessories needed for photographing latent prints.
  • The importance of using certified scales.
  • The proper use and placement of scales.
  • The seven basic types of lighting techniques used for latent print photographs.
  • Combining different lighting techniques.
  • Photographing latent prints with the Alternate Light Source (ALS).

Audience:  PSP Enlisted, MP

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

Prerequisite (s):  Crime Scene Photography or equivalent PSP approved training.

MPOETC CLEE Hours: 16 - CLEE ID#: CLEE00558

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.


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