Thousands of years ago, Chinese used thumb prints on legal documents and on criminal confessions. It is perhaps the first sign ofrecognition that a person’s fingerprints are unique.
The use of fingerprints in the identification of criminals is the most frequently applied technique in forensic science. Fingerprints offer a powerful means of personal identification and still remain the most commonly used forensic evidence worldwide. No two individuals possess the same fingerprints. Because of this, fingerprints are an excellent means of identification. Moreover, while other visible human characteristics change – fingerprints do not change.
The Latent Fingerprint Department has fully equipped Labs and high-quality scientific services are provided. It is ensured that all examinations and documentations are in compliance with ASCLD-LAB and SWGFAST guidelines.
Services Offered by Lab
The high quality scientific services offered by the Lab are:
- Scientific examinations in the area of friction ridge analysis and comparison of latent finger and palm prints.
- Comparison of the patent fingerprint impressions in the property cases.
- Development and processing of latent prints.
- Report the findings and provide expert testimony related to these examinations in the legal proceedings.
- Establish the identity of unknown deceased persons.
- Record legible finger and palm prints.
- Provide training and forensic field support to the law enforcement community