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Frequently Asked Questions

Tenprint Fingerprint Identification Standing Committee

Tenprint Fingerprint Certification

Role

1. What is the role of the Tenprint Fingerprint Identification Standing Committee?

The role of the Tenprint Fingerprint Identification Standing Committee is to coordinate all tenprint business which pertains to the IAI, relative to the science and practice of the tenprint friction ridge identification discipline, as outlined in the IAI By-Laws. Examples of some responsibilities include; Examining current professional issues and developing a position statement for the executive leaderships review and accept; reviewing, for approval, all IAI applications where the applicant lists their primary area of expertise as tenprint identification; Securing speakers and educational opportunities for the annual conference; Representing the IAI by providing subject matter expertise to any questions which may be requested from the field . Other responsibilities include rendering official responses to the any questions concerning tenprint identification that are outside of the scope of the Tenprint Certification Board.

Serving

2. How do I request to serve on Tenprint Fingerprint Identification Standing Committee?

To serve on the Tenprint Fingerprint Identification Standing Committee, you should contact the Committee Chair and/or the incoming IAI President. It would also be very helpful to provide a CV or resume which lists your education, training, and experience supporting your ability to serve on this committee.

3. What are the terms for serving on the committee?

There are currently no term limits for serving on the committee. Each committee member is appointed by the incoming IAI President following the Annual IAI International Educational Conference.

4. What are the responsibilities of the Tenprint Fingerprint Identification Standing Committee Chairperson?

The responsibilities of the Tenprint Fingerprint Identification Standing Committee Chairperson include, supervising the committee, chairing the annual business meeting of the sub-committee, making recommendations to the Chair of the Science and Practice Committee on matters related to the tenprint identification discipline, and providing updates and responses to relevant issues, resolutions, and SWGFAST (Scientific Working Group on Friction Ridge Analysis, Study and Technology) documents.

Employment, Education, and Training in Tenprint Identification

5. Are there any requirements for obtaining employment in the Tenprint Identification discipline?

Currently, there are no requirements for obtaining employment in the Tenprint Identification discipline other than what each agency requires for initial employment. SWGFAST has produced a standard titled: Standards for Minimum Qualifications and Training to Competency for Friction Ridge Examiner Trainees (Latent/Tenprint) which addresses this question. This standard can be accessed at the following website: www.swgfast.org.

6. What are the academic recommendations for obtaining employment in the Tenprint Identification discipline?

SWGFAST recommends a Bachelor of Science Degree, from an accredited college or university but requirements may vary by employer.

7. Is previous experienced recommended or required?

An entry level position in the field of Tennprint Identification usually does not require experience; however, any previous forensic training or experience would be desired.

8. What would be a valuable way to gain experience in Tenprint Identification?

An internship would be a valuable method of gaining experience to qualify for a tenprint examiner position.

9. Are there any requirements that are “Position Specific” for Tenprint Identification?

A practitioner of Tenprint Identification must have good vision and cannot be form blind.

10. Are there any requirements that are “Agency Specific” for Tenprint Identification?

Most agencies hiring tenprint examiners are law enforcement related; therefore an extensive background investigation is usually required.

11. What source(s) such as a website, standards, best practices, or guidance are utilized by practitioners working in this field?

Professional sources such as journals, newsletters, books, and websites are utilized by practitioners in the field of Tenprint Examination. Some examples include:

  1. Journals
    Journal of Forensic Identification
    Journal of Forensic Science
    Identification Canada
    Fingerprint Whorl
  2. Newsletters
    Identification News
  3. Books
    The Science of Fingerprints
    The Fingerprint Source Book
    Fingerprint Identification
    Quantitative/Qualitative Friction Ridge Analysis: An Introduction to Basic and Advanced Ridgeology
    Scott’s Fingerprint Mechanics
    Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems
    Advances in Fingerprint Technology
    Fingerprint Dictionary
    Suspect Identities: A History of Fingerprinting and Criminal Identification
    Courtroom Testimony for the Fingerprint Expert
    Introduction to Fingerprint Comparison
    Biometrics
    Fingerprints and Other Ridge Skin Impressions
  4. Websites
    www.swgfast.org
    www.clpex.com
    www.onin.com
    www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/pubs-sum/225320.htm
    www.fbi.gov/hq/cjisd/cjis.htm
    www.cbdiai.org
    www.cis-sci.ca
    http://ridgesandfurrows.homestead.com
    www.fingerprints.tk
    www.scafo.org
    www.fpsociety.org.uk

12. Can you provide recommendations on where to find information and resources to support Tenprint Identification research or a science projects?

  1. Elementary School
    www.onin.com
  2. High School
    www.onin.com
  3. College
    1. Journals
      Journal of Forensic Identification
      Journal of Forensic Sciences
      Identification Canada
      Fingerprint Whorld
    2. Newsletters
      Identification News
    3. Books
      The Science of Fingerprints
      The Fingerprint Source Book
      Fingerprint Identification
      Quantitative /Qualitative Friction Ridge Analysis: An Introduction to Basic and Advanced Ridgeology
      Scott’s Fingerprint Mechanics
      Advances in Fingerprint Technology
      Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS)
      Courtroom Testimony for the Fingerprint Expert
      Fingerprints and Other Ridge Skin Impressions
      Introduction to Fingerprint Comparison
      Suspect Identities: A History of Fingerprinting and Criminal Identification
      Fingerprint Dictionary
    4. Websites
      www.clpex.com
      www.onin.com
      www.swgfast.com
      www.fbi.gov/hq/cjisd/cjis.htm
      www.cbdiai.org
      www.cis-sci.ca
      http://ridgesandfurrows.homestead.com
      www.fingerprints.tk
      www.scafo.org
  4. Practitioners in the field
    1. Journals
      Journal of Forensic Identification
      Journal of Forensic Sciences
      Identification Canada
      Fingerprint Whorld
    2. Newsletters
      Identification News
    3. The Science of Fingerprints
      The Fingerprint Source Book
      Quantitative/Qualitative Friction Ridge Analysis: An Introduction to Basic and Advanced Ridgeology
      Friction Ridge Skin: Comparison and Identification of Fingerprints
      Fingerprint Identification
      Fingerprints and Other Ridge Skin Impressions
      Courtroom Testimony for the Fingerprint Expert
      Introduction to Fingerprint Comparison
      Suspect Identities: A History of Fingerprinting and Criminal Identification
      Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS)
      Biometrics
      Advances in Fingerprint Technology
      Scott’s Fingerprint Mechanics
    4. Websites
      www.clpex.com
      www.fbi.gov/hq/cjisd/cjis.htm
      www.onin.com
      www.swgfast.com
      www.cbdiai.org
      www.cis-sci.ca
      http:ridgesandfurrows.homestead.com
      www.scafo.org
      www.fingerprints.tk

13. Where can I get information about tenprint friction ridge training opportunities?

Many state or regional criminal justice training academies offer beginning, intermediate, and advanced training in friction ridge identification which could benefit a tenprint examiner. Additionally, many state and regional IAI’s offer various courses in friction ridge identification at least during their annual conference and many times during other scheduled mini- training conferences. Additional training opportunities can be found at:

www.theiai.org
www.ronsmithandassociates.com
www.NFSTC.org
www.clpex.com
www.fbi.gov/hq/cjisd/cjis.htm
www.mdpdtraining.com