Fingerprint collection and analysis may be performed as part of many jobs, including crime scene technician, latent print examiner, criminalist, and lab supervisor. Regardless of one’s specific background or role in the process, a knowledge of scientific practices is critical in handling and analyzing fingerprint evidence. The best way to understand the principles and concepts of any science learned in a classroom is to perform experiments.

The exercises in Fingerprint Analysis Laboratory Workbook, Second Edition address all aspects of fingerprint theory, investigation, processing, comparisons, and research. Designed specifically to parallel the Fundamentals of Fingerprint Analysis, Second Edition textbook, the laboratory exercises correspond with the textbook chapters, with exercise in the lab chapter putting into practice the concepts covered in the text chapter. Each lab follows the same format, beginning with the objectives of the experiment and providing the background information necessary to perform the experiment. This is followed by a list of required materials, the lab exercises, and post-lab questions for students to test what they’ve learned.

Many of the laboratory exercises may be completed either at home or in a laboratory setting. Exercises and photographs enhance the text, making it an ideal hands-on learning tool. New techniques and current practices added to the primary textbook have been included in this companion laboratory workbook to cover the latest in real-world application of fingerprint analysis science to practice.

part I|34 pages

Introduction to Fingerprints

chapter Chapter 1|4 pages


Class and Individual Characteristics

chapter Chapter 2|4 pages


chapter Chapter 3|4 pages

Physiology and Embryology

chapter Chapter 4|6 pages

Fingerprint Patterns and Classification

chapter Chapter 5|6 pages

Known Fingerprints

chapter Chapter 6|3 pages

The Nature of Latent Prints

chapter Chapter 7|4 pages


Livescan and AFIS

part II|36 pages

Latent Print Development

chapter Chapter 8|5 pages

Introduction to Processing Methods

chapter Chapter 9|4 pages

Forensic Light Sources

chapter Chapter 10|4 pages

Physical Processing Methods

chapter Chapter 11|6 pages

Chemical Processing Methods

Porous Substrates

chapter Chapter 12|6 pages

Chemical Processing Methods

Nonporous Substrates

chapter Chapter 13|6 pages

Chemical Processing Methods

Other Substrates and Matrices

part III|42 pages

Fingerprint Analysis

chapter Chapter 14|5 pages


chapter Chapter 15|4 pages

Crime Scene Processing

chapter Chapter 16|12 pages

Fingerprint Comparisons

ACE-V Methodology

chapter Chapter 17|5 pages

Fingerprint Comparisons

Point Counting, Error Rates, and Statistics

chapter Chapter 18|5 pages

Palm Print Comparisons

chapter Chapter 19|6 pages

Courtroom Testimony