Fingerprint Course

Goals of the program

The scientific study of fingerprints, which is known as dactylography, is used as a technique of crime detection by practically every modern law enforcement agency. A fingerprint in its narrow sense is an impression left by the friction ridges of a human finger. In a wider use of the term, fingerprints are the traces of an impression from the friction ridges of any part of a human or other primate hand. In today’s context of crime scene investigation, fingerprint is one of the most important physical evidence which has been used to solve crimes. Fingerprint experts used their highly improvised techniques to develop fingerprints from evidence that are being submitted to fingerprint Laboratory. This course also provides theoretical and practical training and covers fingerprint techniques, methods of developing fingerprints, legal issues, and relevant science.


Outcomes of the program

Describe the roles, responsibilities and liabilities of all personnel involved in the processing a latent print with particular emphasis on police scientific support personnel such as Scenes of Crime Officers (SOCOs) or their equivalents.

Practice steps required for the preservation and documentation of the chemical enhancement of latent finger prints

Describe the roles of specialists who may use the automated finger print identification system

Describe ways to compare a latent finger print with the ten/latent finger in the database of the AFIS/APIS

Explain both evidential and intelligence values of finger prints

Compare and issue a finger print comparison report

Demonstrate adherence to safe working procedures.



4 weeks


Entry Requirements

Must be a Qualified Police Officer

Completed diploma in forensic investigation OR

Completed SOCO basic Course

(Alternative criteria / A ‘level 2 passes in Science background)

Priority will be given to staff working in Regional Police Departments.



Course Fee




Date of Commencement

Will be announced.