Develop a experience with latent print processing



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Latent Print Processing

You will process 2 porous and 2 nonporous items for latent prints using supplies you are able to obtain as described below:

1. Black fingerprint powder

2. Crushed Charcoal

3. Unsweetened Cocoa

4. Corn Starch (last resort)

5. Fingerprint powdering brush or large make-up brush.

6. Clear wide scotch tape.

7. Index cards.

It is not mandatory for you to purchase fingerprint supplies for this project.

If you are interested in buying supplies, a 2 oz container of black fingerprint powder costs approximately $6.70 @

Process two of the following Nonporous items: window, glass table, or mirror and a door handle

Process two of the following Porous items: piece of paper and a wooden furniture item or wooden door

Please develop a 2 to 3 page essay detailing your experience with latent print processing, your results, and the value of latent prints.

Be sure to address the following in your essay:

1. The total number of latent or partial latent fingerprints you located on each item and their location on the specific item

2. A description of the supplies and techniques you used

3. Your expectations vs. your results

4. The value of latent fingerprint evidence in criminal investigations

NOTE: if you are planning on using real black fingerprint powder for the project: the powder is not healthy to inhale. I suggest you either wear a painter's mask or a simple bandanna over your nose for safety reasons.

Your essay should be 2 to 3 pages in length, written in APA 6th edition format and include at least two references.

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