Law Enforcement (Criteria)

Recipients of the  Law Enforcement credential have demonstrated concept proficiency and completed  the following tasks:

Activity 1 – Taking Legible Prints
(a) Placed card holder and inking plate at the right height to allow the subjectʼs forearm to remain level.
(b) Placed one of the fingerprint cards in the holder so that “right hand” print is completely visible in the window; snapped frame back into position.
(c) Asked subject to stand in front of the inking plate at forearmʼs distance. Asked subject to relax their hand and arm.
(d) Grasped subjectʼs right hand firmly.
(e) Grasped subjectʼs right thumb, placed it on ink pad and rolled it away from the person being printed.
(f) Placed the thumb on the card in the correct spot rolling it away from the person.
(g) Fingerprinted all fingers on each hand in same manner.
(h) Fingerprinted all four fingers together to obtain a “pat print” and placed in proper area on card.
(i) Fingerprinted each thumb to create a “pat print.”
(j) Recorded information on card and signed the print card.
(k) Showed instructor work.
(l) Cleaned up and put away materials.

Activity 2 – Lifting Fingerprints
(a) Had volunteer handle glass object.
(b) Dipped small brush into powder using silver powder on dark objects and black powder on light objects.
(c) Tapped brush lightly over powder jar to remove excess powder.
(d) Held brush over print area; tapped the brush lightly over the print area allowing powder to fall evenly around the print.
(e) Used large feather brush to stroke lightly to distribute the powder evenly over the print and gently brushed away all excess powder between the ridges.
(f) Recorded the location of the print on the transfer card.
(g) Pulled a piece of tape from the roll of transparent lifting tape creating a small tab on the end.
(h) Placed the tape over the top of the dusted print and smoothed it out with a finger or thumb.
(i) Lifted tape from the area containing the print.
(j) Placed it on the latent print transfer card putting print on black square if silver powder was used and on the white square if black powder was used.
(k) Recorded necessary information on the latent print transfer card.
(l) Showed instructor work.
(m) Washed hands and put away materials.

Activity 3 – Making a Print Type Identification
(a) Had volunteer put prints on clean plastic sheet.
(b) Dusted print with powder, lifted print with tape and placed it on a latent print transfer card.
(c) Studied Fingerprint Type Example Chart.
(d) Counted the ridges on the Loop Print Example Chart.
(e) Put plastic ridge counter over print between delta and core.
(f) Used magnifier to count ridges.
(g) Pointed out at least 10 ridge characteristics to support identification of the unknown print.
(h) Showed instructor work.
(i) Put away materials.

Activity 4 – Matching Fingerprints
(a) Compared the latent prints with the prints on the fingerprint cards, and matched ridge counts finding at least 10 ridge characteristics.
(b) Identified the one latent print which did not match the prints on any of the fingerprint cards.
(c) Showed instructor work.
(d) Put away materials.

Activity 5 – Plaster Casting
(a) Filled pan with sand or dirt; smoothed sand so it was flat.
(b) Had volunteer make heel print in pan (without looking).
(c) Mixed 2/3 cup plaster of Paris and 1/3 cup water in a rubber mixing bowl, stirring well.
(d) Poured plaster into the print, covering the whole print.
(e) Scratched the date and place on the back of the print.
(f) Cleaned the spoon and mixing bowl immediately, properly disposing of waste.
(g) Removed the dry plaster cast out of the pan and carefully brushed off the loose sand from the bottom.
(h) Compared cast to shoes of “suspects” and identified the match.
(i) Showed instructor work.
(j) Put away materials and washed hands.

Activity 6 – Handwriting Comparison
(a) Identified three or more handwriting characteristics supporting determination that note is a forgery.
(b) Determined through handwriting analysis which of 3 suspectʼs handwriting samples matched the forged note most closely. Supported theory with 3 points.
(c) Showed instructor work.
(d) Put away materials.

Activity 7 – Accident Investigation
(a) Studied graphic of accident scene.
(b) Made a rough diagram of the accident scene based on graphic.
(c) Filled in General Information Form with information from driver’s licenses and registrations.
(d) Listened to audio interviews of drivers and eyewitness, took notes as needed on Case Information Notes Form.
(e) Completed General Information Form with appropriate information.
(f) Drew final diagram of accident scene on General Information Form.
(g) Completed Investigating Officerʼs Report of Motor Vehicle Accident with information from General Information Form.
(h) Showed instructor work.
(i) Put away materials

Activity 8 – Criminal Investigation
(a) Read sample Complaint and Investigation Report Form.
(b) Listened carefully to audio interviews of crime witnesses and took detailed, accurate notes.
(c) Reconstructed the events of the crime based on interviews and established a chronology.
(d) Identified primary suspect(s) of the investigation. Supported hypothesis with case notes.
(e) Filled in the Sheriffʼs Complaint and Investigation Report completely and accurately.
(f) Showed instructor work.
(g) Put away materials.

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