Science of Crime: Latent Fingerprint
Forensic science is a complex discipline that encompasses more than a dozen distinct fields. Except for a few recent additions to the investigative tool kit such as DNA analysis and computer forensics, most fields trace their origins to the 19th century or before.
Presented by The Mob Museum, this program in the Science of Crime series will focus on fingerprint forensics.
Within most crime labs, scientists have highly specialized expertise. Unlike what is portrayed on television, it is rarely one individual who investigates the crime scene, processes the fingerprints, analyzes the DNA and examines the trace evidence. Instead, highly specialized experts focus on one field. This leads to more efficient and effective lab results.
Each month, The Mob Museum and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Forensic Laboratory will present an in-depth look at the disciplines and sciences that encompass forensic analysis.
About this November’s Science of Crime program:
Crime Scene Analyst Kristin Grammas started with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in 2002 and currently serves as supervisor in charge of field squads, training for the Crime Scene Analyst Academy, and the Photographic Laboratory. She is one of only 50 people certified as a bloodstain pattern analyst through the International Association of Identification.
Grammas will discuss the various aspects of crime scene photography, latent print processing, chemical latent print processing, evidence processing/ collection, diagramming, death scene investigation, bloodstain reconstruction and other crime scene-related investigations.