Latent Print Expert Testimony

Course Hours: 40.0 Hours

Course Description

This 40-hour course is an advanced level course on friction ridge analysis. It is the fifth in a five-part series of latent print examiner courses. This course is required for latent print examiners who wish to obtain the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Latent Print Examiner Certification. Topics will include current case law, Daubert and other challenges, how to prepare and present friction ridge evidence, and the construction of demonstrative evidence for court. The target audience for this course will be those who are already involved in the forensic discipline of latent print identification. These students should not be beginners in the field, but seasoned practitioners who want to develop their skill to a level at which they can take and pass the International Association for Identification's Latent Print Certification test or other third-party competency test.


The prerequisites for this course are completion of Intermediate Friction Ridge Analysis I and II, Palm Print Comparisons, and Advanced Friction Ridge Analysis.

Special Notes

Students attending this course will be required to pass a pretest on the first morning after registration. The pretest will cover material from previous classes taught in the friction ridge analysis series of courses. Failure to obtain a minimum grade of 70% on the pre-test will result in dismissal from the course. Students should print or download the student manual and have it available on the first day of class.

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