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Fingerprint Classification, Comparison, and Identification

Course Description:  This three-day introductory course is designed to teach law enforcement personnel the value and uses of fingerprints for human identification, fingerprint classification and introduce them to the process of comparison and identification. This includes fingerprints of prisoners, wanted persons, or otherwise unidentified persons. Evaluation of crime scene prints will also be discussed so personnel can better determine which prints have value and should be submitted for comparison. Attendees will learn to examine fingerprints during exercises, classify prints, and begin the process of comparison.

Upon completion of this course, students should understand basic principles of classification of fingerprints, NCIC codes, and the use of fingerprints for identification. AFIS and “live scan” technologies will be discussed. This course would be beneficial for jail personnel, supervisors, investigators, booking officers, police officers, and those responsible for detention and release of prisoners wanted by outside jurisdictions. This course will also assist crime scene personnel to properly process for latent evidence, recover higher quality prints and evaluate that evidence at the crime scene so that valuable latent impressions are not discarded.

• This class is 21 hours.
• Class hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• Enrollment is restricted to 20 participants.
• This class earns credits in our Degree Program.


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REGISTRATION INFORMATION:  Registrants must fax or email a scanned copy of a signed and dated verification letter on agency letterhead within five days of submission of the registration request form to 501-565-3081 or, which includes the following statement:  This letter will verify that I, (name of registrant), am an employee of (agency name) and hold the position of (sworn/non-sworn) (position title), located at (address) and have registered for (name of class) on (date).


June 25-27, 2019
Criminal Justice Institute         

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