In the pursuit of any scientific endeavor, the mastery of critical skills requires hands-on exploration and laboratory skills. Forensic science is unique in that it is practiced not only in the laboratory but also in the field. Fingerprint analysis may be performed as part of many job functions supporting law enforcement efforts: crime scene technician, latent print examiner, criminalist, latent print technician, forensic specialist, or forensic scientist. Regardless of the chosen career path, background knowledge of forensic scientific practices is critical for success. The best way to learn any science is to perform experiments and hands-on activities, in order to fully comprehend the principles and concepts learned in the classroom and in training.
The purpose of the Fingerprint Analysis Laboratory Workbook, Second Edition, is to provide the practitioner or student with a set of labs and exercises to put into practice the concepts learned in the accompanying text, Fundamentals of Fingerprint Analysis, Second Edition. The sequence of workbook and laboratory exercises in the Fingerprint Analysis Laboratory Workbook, Second Edition, is designed to parallel the textbook entitled Fundamentals of Fingerprint Analysis, Second Edition. The book chapters align with the laboratory exercises. For example, the laboratory exercises in Lab #13 correspond to the topics covered in Chapter 13 of the textbook. Many of the laboratory exercises may be completed either at home or in a laboratory setting.