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Fingerprint Pattern Recognition

Class Code: 
E150

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute /
Class Description: 
This three-day (24 hour) entry-level course is designed to give the student the knowledge and training needed to accurately interpret and recognize the basic fingerprint pattern types. The history and biology of fingerprints, definitions of ridge characteristics, and terminology are also covered. The student learns proper core and axis placement as it is utilized when searching fingerprints in the AFIS/ALPS database of Cal-ID. Extensive exercises provide practice for the student in recognition of the various fingerprint patterns. Students will also practice the collection of inked fingerprints and will have a brief introduction through exercises to fingerprint comparison and identification. This course is a prerequisite for the E151 Latent Fingerprint Techniques and E152 Latent Print Comparisons. Each class is limited to 15 students. This course is POST reimbursable, Plan IV.
Instructor: 
TBA
Teaching Methods: 
Classroom lectures, demonstrations, and practical laboratory exercises
Objectives: 
Students will be able to recognize the different pattern types and explain the rules applied for core and axis placement. A final examination will be given to evaluate student success.
Prerequisites: 
Students should be Law Enforcement personnel whose job duties include work in a local identification unit.
Preparation: 
A fingerprint magnifying glass will be used during the class. The student may bring their own, or one will be provided.
Materials Fee: 
A $10.00 materials fee will be charged to all non-BFS students. This charge is due and payable at the beginning of class. Make check(s) payable to the Department of Justice.
Tuition: 
No cost to POST supported or State of California based Law Enforcement agencies. A $360.00 tuition fee will be required of all other public agency, private sector, or out-of-state applicants.

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Schedule of Classes:


No classes are scheduled at this time.

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