Introduction to the Science of Fingerprints Class (Sirchie HQ) Aug 5-9, 2024


This class will be held at Sirchie's Headquarters in Youngsville, NC. Aug 5-9, 2024.

You need to attend this program if...

  • You want to learn the skills necessary to become a fingerprint technician
  • You want to recognize and properly classify the eight fingerprint patterns
  • You need training in how to properly compare and individualize inked fingerprints

The science of fingerprint identification is based on the uniqueness and permanence of friction ridge structures. Therefore, the ability of the technician to accurately classify and identify fingerprint patterns is essential. The student will learn fundamental techniques of fingerprint pattern interpretation and how this information is used to accurately classify, compare, and identify fingerprints.

This course has been approved for Certification Training credit by the IAI

IAI Latent Print Certification Credit: 36 hours

This course is taught using numerous methods of instruction combining lectures with hands on assignments, reinforcing quizzes, and practical exercises. This course is not a latent print comparison class, and uses inked fingerprints. This training is vital for any individual who wishes to pursue a career as a fingerprint examiner and is a prerequisite for enrollment in the Latent Fingerprint classes.

Your Instructor

Johnny Leonard is a retired Deputy Director of the City-County Bureau of Identification in Raleigh, NC and is both an I.A.I. Certified Latent Print Examiner and Footwear Examiner. He has also worked for the FBI and the NC State Bureau of Investigation. He has been a latent fingerprint examiner for the past 43 years and has over 52 years of fingerprint experience. During the past 45 years he has instructed over 260 classes and trained more than 2600 students in the science of fingerprints and footwear.

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More Information

More Information
  • Arch, Loop, and Whorl recognition and classification
  • Scars and Amps recognition and classification
  • NCIC classification formula
  • The ACE-V methodology of fingerprint comparison and identification and its relationship to scientific method
  • Inked fingerprint comparison exercises
  • Glossary of Fingerprint Terms
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