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Police Department

Latent Print Unit

Supervisors Julia Hooper and Lorita Marsh

The Latent Print Unit is responsible for analyzing latent prints from crime scenes to determine evidentiary value and source. Scientists in this Unit compare latent prints to prints of submitted suspects, as well as, search suitable latents against the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) database of fingerprints and palm prints to determine additional candidates for comparison. Expert testimony regarding analysis and comparison findings is provided in court proceedings.

female comparing latent prints