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In 2010, New York State had over 400,000 crimes reported. Many times, subjects who are taken into custody try to conceal their real identity. Identification by means of fingerprints is one of the most important factors in physical evidence and in apprehending criminals who might otherwise escape detection and identification. Fingerprinting has proven to be an extremely reliable source of identification. To date, the fingerprints of no two individuals have been found to be identical. Therefore, by correctly recording the patterns that make up an individual's unique fingerprints, you will continue to strengthen a system of identification that has proven to be a valuable tool for the law enforcement community.

Course Objectives

As a result of this course:

1. You will gain a fundamental understanding of fingerprints and the history of fingerprinting

2. You will be able to identify the offenses that are considered "printable" offenses

3. You will know the proper security/safety procedures taken before fingerprinting a subject

4. You will be able to obtain sufficient fingerprints from a subject

5. You will know the proper way to fill out a fingerprint card

Links to the Units

This mini-course includes the following units:

Fingerprinting Unit 1

Fingerprinting Unit 2

Final Assessment