Fingerprinting Law Enforcement And Crime Investigators

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Fingerprinting in Law Enforcement and Crime Investigators In every aspect of life, most importantly the professional world, there is usually one factor or system that joins different fields together. One of these factors would be the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System or IAFIS. The Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System has helped to define the fields of law enforcement agencies such as the FBI and crime scene investigation.
History of IAFIS The human fingerprint is fascinating; it is impossible to have two fingerprints that are identical to one another. Although it was realized early on that every person’s fingerprint is unique, the “science” of fingerprinting analysis did not really start until the 1800s (Staff, 2014, p. 1). Dr. Henry Faulds was credited with devising a method for obtaining fingerprints with the use of printer ink (German, 2016, p. 1). However, the identification and fingerprint cards did not become a reality until the early 1900s. It became popular when more and more groups and agencies began to see the value of fingerprinting. In 1946, it is shown that the FBI was in possession of 100 million fingerprint cards, which were all maintained in manual files (German, 2016, p. 1). With the collection of so many cards, it was clear that a manual system was no longer feasible, and automation was the best course of action. At its conception, the first AFIS stored very minimal data, with the equipment that took up an
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