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The Boise Police Crime Lab applies scientific laboratory testing procedures to the analysis of physical crime fingerprint evidence for the purpose of comparison or identification. Evidence seized at crime scenes is routed to the crime lab for the development of fingerprints by the use of various powders, chemicals and other treatment methods. Video via Boise PD.
Currently, biometric systems are being used every day by officers in two distinct missions: security and identification. And they can be very useful.
As the responding patrol officer it’s your job to properly process the crime scene, including locating, printing, collecting, and documenting all fingerprint evidence on scene — not necessarily an easy task.
Technological advances in instrumentation and equipment let law enforcement continually rethink what is possible when collecting forensic evidence. Utilizing new products and technologies often allows more evidence to be located, identified, and collected.
The fingerprint has always been one of law enforcement’s most solid, undefeatable bits of evidence. Matching prints can be as good as gold.