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Fingermark identification

Fingermark identification

This video deals with the characteristics within a fingerprint and fingermark that are used in the identification process.

But first we have to look at how such comparisons would be undertaken. Fingerprint examiners follow a defined process known as ACE-V which you read about in the Nature article earlier this week. ACE-V facilitates a systematic approach to the examination and comparison process. Exemplar fingerprints must also be taken so that a comparison with an enhanced or lifted mark can be made.

There are a number of different levels of detail that may be present in the recovered mark and these are explained and discussed. Later in the week, you will be presented with a simple method to let you take your own fingerprints. If you decide to do so, come back and re-look at this video so that you can use the information to identify the features in your own fingerprints.

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