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Fingerprinting Exam 1 Review

by: Chelsey Smith

Fingerprinting Exam 1 Review FSC 340

Chelsey Smith
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These notes give an overview of what will be on the upcoming exam. This will help serve as a guide for placing typelines, deltas, and cores by using the rules for each.
Dr. Dean Bertram
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Forensic, Science, Fingerprinting, core, Delta, typeline
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Date Created: 10/02/16
FSC 340- Fingerprinting Exam 1 Review Fingerprints- patterns of intricate design consisting of friction skin ridges found on the palmar side of fingers and thumbs Friction Skin Ridges- raised portion of skin consisting of veins, capillaries, and sweat glands Known prints- print that the person has already been identified- rolled with ink or live scan Unknown print- full or partial prints found at crime scenes- latent, visible latent, and plastic prints 3 Types of Patterns, Subcategories, and their Prevalence  Loops- most common in about 60% of the population o Radial Loop- ridge flow moves towards the radius bone (closer to the thumb) o Ulnar Loop- ridge flow moves towards the ulnar bone (closer to the little finger)  Arches- least common with only about 5% of the population o Plain Arch- lines are not parallel and follows a smooth up and over motion o Tented Arch-lines are not parallel and follow a more drastic up and over motion- there are 3 types of tented arches  Whorls- 35% of population’s pattern o Central Pocket Whorl- circle pattern is centralized and confined to one small area o Plain Whorl- large circular pattern o Double Loop Whorl- “yin-yang” pattern- a big circular pattern consisting of two loops o Accidental Whorl- catch all category that consists of multiple patterns Fingerprint Numerical Classification  Right thumb- 1  Left thumb- 6  Left pointer finger- 7  Right pointer finger- 2  Left middle finger- 8  Right middle finger- 3  Left ring finger-9  Left little finger- 10  Right ring finger- 4  Right little finger-5 3 Basic Requirements for a Loop  There must be a sufficient recurve  One delta only  There must be at least a ridge count of 1 and to have this the count must cross at least one looping type ridge Sufficient Recurve  Consists of the space between the shoulders of a loop, free of any appendages which abut it at a right angle outside of the recurve  The innermost sufficient recurve is needed  Shoulders of the loop are where the recurving ridges definitely turn inwards/curves  An appendage is an attachment of a connection  Appendages striking the outside of a recurve at a right angle will spoil the recurve, meaning there is no loop and the analyzer moves to the next innermost loop outside of the previously inspected non-loop o To Test for Appendages  If you can smoothly trace the appendage along the loop, it’s good  If there is a dot on top of the sufficient recurve in question, it’s still good (dot being defined as no taller than it is wide)  An appendage may form a new loop Typelines  Typelines- are the two innermost ridges which start or go parallel, diverge, and surround the pattern area  Typelines are used to help find deltas- they are generally found on the opposite side of ridge flow  There are not always two continuous ridges. When there is a definite break in a typeline, the ridge immediately outside of it is considered as a continuation (tends to surround pattern line)  First check for the sufficient recurve  Bifurcation- cannon be a typeline- resembles a Y  Divergence- can stem from bifurcations to become typelines  The arms of the bifurcation on which the delta is located can never be used for typelines  Angles can never be used for typelines. They are formed by an abutting of one ridge against another Delta  Delta- that point on a ridge at or the nearest to the point of divergence of two typelines, and located at or directly in front of the point of divergence  A delta MUST be located on a friction skin ridge  Deltas can be placed on o Dot o Bifurcation o Recurving of Ridges o Meeting of Two Ridges o Short Ridge o Ending Ridge  Rules: o If you have more than one bifurcation, pick the one closest to the core (not at or in front of) o Bifurcation takes preference over any other choice (dot, recurving ridge, etc.) o Deltas may not be located in the middle of a ridge running between typelines towards the core, but placed at the end nearest to the core o A dot may be used as a delta- it has no direction o The delta may not be located at a bifurcation which does not open towards the core Core  Core- the approximate center of the pattern  Rules: o The core can be located on the shoulders of the innermost sufficient recurve farthest from the delta o The core can also be located on a spike/rod in the center of the innermost recurve, provided the spike/rod rises as high as the shoulders  The centralized spike/rod takes preference over shoulder o If there is an even number of spikes/rods as high as the shoulders, then is located at the end of the farthest of the innermost spikes/rods from the delta Ridge Counting  Only count the ridges between the delta and the core  One ridge must be a looping ridge  The delta and the core are not counted  Fragments and dots are counted as ridges only if they appear as thick as surrounding ridges  Count the arms of a bifurcation twice  If the delta is on the only loop, there is no ridge count (goes back to requirements for loops)  White space must intervene between delta and first ridge count  If the delta is above the shoulders of a single looping type ridge, and the core is on the shoulder, there is no ridges count unless the imaginary line cuts the recurve  Natural and unnatural breaks in ridges are to be distinguished by the judgement of the individual classifier


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