The JCSOCL Latent Print Section currently consists of six examiners to handle the requests of fingerprint analysis for the local law enforcement community. Together, the examiners have in excess of 90 years of experience in the field of fingerprint identification.
The techniques used in the development of latent prints range from traditional fingerprint powdering techniques and chemical processes such as superglue fuming, to advanced technologies such as fluorescent dye stains and alternate light sources.
One of the most valuable tools used in the latent print discipline are the use of the Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS). The laboratory has the ability to search unknown latent prints through four separate AFIS databases. The Kansas AFIS allows for the search of a database of over 1 million known criminal offenders in the State of Kansas. The system allows the search of not only latent fingerprints but latent palm prints as well. In addition, latent prints can be searched through the Missouri AFIS database. The Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) allows search capability of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s fingerprint database. Due to the result of fingerprint searches through these systems within the past seventeen years, approximately 1,000 cases have been solved ranging from homicides to burglaries.
Footwear and Tire Track examinations (Impression Evidence) are also conducted by the section, and are similar to Latent Print examinations, except the evidence is a footwear or tire track impression.