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April 24, 2023 - April 28, 2023
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Police Department
101 Sheriff Dierker Court
O'Fallon, MO 63366
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Comprehensive Latent Print Comparison Training

Monday, April 24, 2023

Upon successful completion of the Comprehensive Latent Print Comparison Training course, the student will increase in both speed of comparisons and in ability to make difficult identifications. Students will improve their understanding of latent print documentation and their effectiveness at court testimony. Students will be able to explain philosophies of the science, including that under which statistical modeling is gaining acceptance in fingerprint identification, and will understand the requirements under various accrediting authorities. Students will be able to testify in accordance with current best practices in the field of fingerprint identification.

The Comprehensive Latent Print Comparison Training course is one that involves a significant amount of latent print comparisons, as well as the pertinent information on the science. This will be far more involved than a basic-level comparison class but will be one that could be taken by any level of examiner, new or experienced, as it will have various levels of comparison exercises and knowledge throughout the course.

Target Audience: This forty-hour course is best suited for individuals performing any level of tenprint/latent print comparisons - from basic to advanced. (Foundational knowledge and working vocabulary of fingerprint terminology recommended.) It is also applicable to crime scene personnel who play a key role in the collection and evaluation of latent print evidence.

Instructor: Deborah E. Smith, MSFS, CLPE, CMQ/OE serves as an International Association for Identification (IAI) Certified Latent Print Examiner and the Latent Print Supervisor for the Fort Worth Police Crime Laboratory. She is a Certified Technical Assessor for the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) and is a full member of the Association of Forensic Quality Assurance Managers (AFQAM). Deborah graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Government with an emphasis in Legal Studies and a minor in Criminal Justice from Texas Woman’s University and is currently pursuing her Master of Science degree in Forensic Science from Oklahoma State University. She is also presenting and lecturing on fingerprints at such institutions as Texas Wesleyan University and Remington College, where she also serves on the Program Advisory Committee (PAC) for the Criminal Justice Program. Deborah is also actively involved in training at various police academies such as the Fort Worth Police Academy and Tarrant County College Police Academy.

To register, visit or contact our Training Director Phil Sanfilippo at 800.438.7884 ext. 1025 or by email at 

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