Latent Print Examiner

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The area of Forensics Science that I am interested in as a career would be a latent print examiner. I chose this career because after I took the fingerprinting class on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi I realized that I really enjoyed looking at fingerprints. Everyone’s fingerprints are distinctive which also made me more fascinated in learning more about them. Learning about the different patterns and types of fingerprints, and the different ways to lift and collect them was so fascinating.
Latent fingerprints are mostly impressions left at a scene that are not noticeable to the naked eye; they are also one of three classifications of fingerprints that can be found at the scene of a crime or anywhere else. Latent prints
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In order to become a latent examiner you have to have a Bachelor’s degree and four years of experience dealing with fingerprints (F, 2017). There are many duties of a latent print examiner such as at a crime scene or anywhere else they must be able to identify, collect, and preserve fingerprints correctly and handle all evidence with care. Also they should be able to put fingerprints inside of the automated fingerprint identification system and compare fingerprints. To be a latent print examiner you must have the ability to testify in court and have the capability to guarantee correct chain of custody all times; this was something I learned when I took the crime scene documentation class at the University of Southern Mississippi. You must have the ability to maneuver and operate on or with photographic equipment, gather fingerprints from the deceased, comprehend, interpret and clarify guidelines and policies governing the collecting and safe keeping of evidence, and also be able to work well with…show more content…
Income is every so often based on the price of living in the area of occupation and those starting off their job have to anticipate offers on the low end of the scale. Moving up to higher salary ranges is very possible to do and must be expected as each unit has an assortment of ranks of knowledge and training from the lowest fingerprint expert to the director of the latent print team (F, 2017).
In conclusion, Latent print examiners to me are really captivating because you have to have good vision, patience and the eye for becoming a latent print examiner. To be able to look at and recognize the most smallest details, ridges, and points on a fingerprint is something truly extraordinary. Also being able to match an unknown print to a known print, testify in court, collect prints, lift prints is a very interesting job. This would be the ideal career that I would choice in the Forensic science area of study that I would consider working with as a
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