This 3-Day course has been developed for law enforcement professionals to provide the best methods of developing, recovering, and documenting latent fingerprint evidence. Furthermore, the course is designed to minimize lecture time and maximize hands-on practical experience with latent print development materials.
Major topics to be covered are: Determining the best processes to use on porous and non-porous substrates; Specialized super glue (CAE) techniques and procedures; The use of forensic dye stains to visualize latent prints; The use of high energy forensic light sources (ALSs) to locate latent prints; The application of various magnetic and non-magnetic powder and proper brush techniques to locate latent fingerprints on simulated evidence; Techniques to develop latent prints on evidence exposed to fires; The application of Small Particle Reagent (SPR) to develop latent prints on wet or dry substrates; Development of latent prints on adhesive surfaces; Photography and documentation of latent print impressions; Techniques for proper lifting and mounting of latent print impressions; Determining if a latent print is of value for an AFIS search; Documentation procedures and maintenance of chain-of-custody records for latent prints recovered from a crime scene and/or on items of evidence; Presentation of testimony in reference to the submission of latent print evidence in a court of law; Awareness and concern for personal safety in processing evidence for latent prints.
Special Agent Mike Stapleton, M.A., recently retired after a career that spanned over 34 years with the FBI. As a Special Agent, Mr. Stapleton investigated an extensive range of matters that came under FBI jurisdiction such as the UNABOMBER (Ted Kaczynski), the Polly Klaas Kidnapping and Murder Investigation, and the Oklahoma City Federal Building Bombing. He is a recognized fingerprint identification expert. Mike is a FBI Master Police Instructor and has taught fingerprint identification courses to thousands of law enforcement professionals over the last 35 years.
Law Enforcement Professionals:
.5 Semester Units
Prerequisites/Requirements: Basic Police Academy Certificate or equivalent, DOJ clearance, proof of medical and vehicle insurance, and valid CDL.
POST Plan IV
Certificate issued upon completion of course.
Fremont Police Department
2000 Stevenson Blvd.
Fremont, CA 94538
NOTE: All attendees will need to visibly display their law enforcement ID card or badge/shield while in the secure areas of the building. NO ID CARD OR BADGE, NO ENTRY. Meet in front lobby prior to class and wait for coordinator.
$230All classes require full payment or a designated deposit at time of reservation (Cashier's Check Payable to SBRPSTC, MasterCard, Visa). Agency billing may also be arranged. Financial aid and VA benefits may be available. All fees subject to change.
Wednesday-Friday: 0800-1700 hrs.
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All Students are required to pay for the course by the first day of class.
Cancellation / Refund Policy
Out of consideration for people who are on a waiting list please cancel your reservation no later than 21 days prior to first day of class. After the 21-day cancellation period, students will forfeit $50. Substitutions or transfer of registration to another (qualified public safety) member is permitted.
Each class has a minimum enrollment requirement. If the minimum enrollment is not reached for the course three weeks before the class begins, the class will be cancelled, and deposits will be refunded in full.
*ALL FEES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. NO EXCEPTIONS. When possible students will be advised of any fee changes prior to course start date. Tuition fee increases made at anytime by the State Chancellor's office may require collection of additional fees from students. We Accept Visa, MasterCard, Money Order, Cashier's Check, Cash or Agency Billing (by arrangement). Make Money Order or Cashiers Checks payable to: SBRPSTC
Out of State or Non-Affiliated students who have not lived in California for at least one (1) year and one (1) day prior to state of college semester are subject to "out of state" college registration fees in addition to the fees listed above. Please check with our staff for details and exact costs.
This program is presented through the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium of Community Colleges (SBRPSTC), which includes Evergreen Valley College, Gavilan College, Monterey Peninsula College, Ohlone College, DeAnza College, Hartnell College and the College of San Mateo. Courses and programs presented for college credit will be funded, transcript and certified through one of these accredited institutions.