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Latent Print Section

Mission Statement

The Latent Print Section was established as part of the Nassau County Office of the Medical Examiner Division of Forensic Services on December 08, 2011. Members of the Latent Print Section are responsible for examination of latent prints recovered from crime scenes and evidentiary items to known fingerprints. If no subject information is available, latent prints may be searched through the local Nassau County Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) and/or the State Automated Biometric System (SABIS).When requested, this section may assist in crime scene processing.

The ultimate goal of friction ridge examination and comparison is to identify friction ridge impressions from the fingers, palms, and soles of the feet to the source that produced them.  The identification of friction ridge impressions does not lie solely in matters related to criminal investigations.  The use of identifying friction ridge skin impressions as originating from a source also has applications in identifying missing persons, in the biometric industry for security systems, for identifying infants from the impressions recorded of their feet, for homeland security measures, etc.  


Customer Feedback

The Department of Forensic Sciences Latent Print Section strives to provide the highest quality forensic testing services to our customers in a timely fashion.  The laboratory management welcomes feedback regarding both positive observations as well as suggestions for improvement of laboratory services.  Please use our Laboratory Services Feedback Form which can be returned by mail or facsimile.