"Many sciences require years of study to master the paraphernalia used to perform the tasks required within their respective disciplines.  While in the friction ridge identification science most can master a finger print glass and ridge pointers after minimal training.  However, recent court cases have shown the future.  The knowledge and understanding expected of an expert will greatly surpass that which has been accepted thus far.  We can never go back, we can only go forward."
Sgt. David R. Ashbaugh, R.C.M.P.
Quantitative-Qualitative Friction Ridge Analysis
An Introduction to Basic & Advanced Ridgeology
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This web site is the culmination of many hours spent researching topics related to forensic science and my particular areas of interest:embryogenesis of friction skin (Histology of Thick Skin), enhancement of latent prints using digital technology and latent print identification.

If you are new to the world of fingerprints, I suggest you start your journey with a little history of fingerprint identification.  The more experienced may wish to look at new advances in digital image enhancement and how techniques such as FFT (Fast Fourier Transform) can assist the friction ridge identification specialist in analyzing fingerprints found at crime scenes.

Recent court challenges of the science of fingerprint identification have demonstrated that, as forensic professionals, we must be able to articulate very carefully how we arrive at our conclusions. I feel strongly that we can better prepare for these challenges by expanding our knowledge and abilities through the sharing of information. This site contains many links to various forensic newsletters, latent print examiner discussion forums, associations and online learning opportunities that I hope you will find interesting.
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