This past week in my criminalistics class we did a fingerprint lab and a crime scene lab.
Obviously it wasn’t a real crime scene, but there was a fake dummy who looked like he had been shot in the head and some other clues that had to be found in the taped off “crime scene” part of the room. We had to document the scene based on what we had gone over in previous lectures, sketch the scene, and collect any evidence we had found.
Here’s a sample sketch of a scene I had to make for a different class a few years ago.
Along with the crime scene we also got the opportunity to get ourselves fingerprinted. I’ll admit this wasn’t my first time getting fingerprinted, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. The last time I got it done we did the entire 10-print card, each finger individually, the four fingers together, and the thumbs separately.
This time we only had to do the 10 fingers individually and characterize them as a loop, whorl, or an arch. I found out that my fingers only have whorls and loops, no arches, which probably isn’t as rare as I might hope it is. This time was a lot easier to be fingerprinted either because of the ink or the person fingerprinting me. This of course was just a lab experiment so that we could analyze the prints, if you went out today and tried to get fingerprinted for a job or something it would most likely be done electronically because sometimes using ink causes problems such as smudging or not having enough ink on the hand to get every little detail.