Foundations of Fingerprint Comparison

Identification of suspects through fingerprint comparison is critical for many investigators. This online course teaches participants the fundamental principles of fingerprint comparison while guiding them through the ACE-V Methodology (Analysis, Comparison, Evaluation, and Verification). Participants will be provided with the history and science of fingerprint analysis and comparison while simulating the role of an expert witness in court. In the final project, emphasis is placed on completing basic fingerprint comparison while acting in the traditional role of latent print examiner and validation latent print examiner for a case.

Course syllabus:

  1. History and science of fingerprint analysis and comparison

  2. Patterns and minutiae

  3. Value of prints for comparison

  4. Evaluating prints for a match

  5. Verification determinations for a case file

  6. Consequences of wrongful comparisons