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Fundamentals of Fingerprint Analysis, Second Edition

2nd Edition

By Hillary Moses Daluz

CRC Press

353 pages | 266 Color Illus.

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Building on the success of the first Edition—the first pure textbook designed specifically for students on the subject—Fundamentals of Fingerprint Analysis, Second Edition provides an understanding of the historical background of fingerprint evidence, and follows it all the way through to illustrate how it is utilized in the courtroom.

An essential learning tool for classes in fingerprinting and impression evidence—with each chapter building on the previous one using a pedagogical format—the book is divided into three sections. The first explains the history and theory of fingerprint analysis, fingerprint patterns and classification, and the concept of biometrics—the practice of using unique biological measurements or features to identify individuals. The second section discusses forensic light sources and physical and chemical processing methods. Section three covers fingerprint analysis with chapters on documentation, crime scene processing, fingerprint and palm print comparisons, and courtroom testimony.

New coverage to this edition includes such topics as the biometrics and AFIS systems, physiology and embryology of fingerprint development in the womb, digital fingerprint record systems, new and emerging chemical reagents, varieties of fingerprint powders, and more. Fundamentals of Fingerprint Analysis, Second Edition stands as the most comprehensive introductory textbook on the market.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Introduction to Fingerprints

1. Introduction

2. History

3. Embryology and Physiology

4. Fingerprint Patterns and Classification

5. Known Fingerprints

6. The Nature of Latent Prints

7. Biometrics: Livescan and AFIS

Part 2. Latent Print Development

8. Introduction to Processing Methods

9. Forensic Light Sources

10. Physical Processing Methods

11. Chemical Processing Methods: Porous Substrates

12. Chemical Processing Methods: Nonporous Substrates

13. Chemical Processing Methods: Other Substrates and Matrices

Part 3. Fingerprint Analysis

14. Documentation

15. Crime Scene Processing

16. Fingerprint Comparisons: ACE-V Methodology

17. Fingerprint Comparisons: Point Counting, Error Rates and Statistics

18. Palm Print Comparisons

19. Courtroom Testimony

Appendix A. Sequential Processing

Appendix B. Latent Print Reagent Formulations and Processes

Appendix C. Potential Hazardous Effects of Common Fingerprint Powders and Chemical Reagents

Appendix D. Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Appendix E. Expert Witness Testimony of Sebastian F. Latona, FBI

About the Author

Hillary Moses Daluz is an instructor for Tri Tech Forensics and a Forensic Specialist with Forensic Identification Services. Daluz began her career as a Police Identification Specialist with the City of Hayward Police Department in Hayward, California. After earning her Masters of Science degree in Forensic Science from the University of California, Davis, she deployed to the Joint Expeditionary Forensic Facility at Camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq as a Latent Print Examiner. After returning stateside she became a member of the faculty in the Forensic Sciences program at Chaminade University of Honolulu, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level. She then accepted a position as a Senior Latent Print Technician with American Systems. Daluz is a member of the International Association for Identification.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW / Forensic Science