Fingerprint Detection Using Vacuum Metal Deposition

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Authors
  1. Misner, A.H.
Corporate Authors
Canadian Police Research Centre, Ottawa Ont (CAN);Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
Abstract
The Identification Services Directorate of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police obtained, with funding assistance from the Canadian Police Research Centre, an Edwards Vacuum Metal Deposition Chamber. The objective of the project was to further develop metal deposition technology and its application to compare the latent fingerprint detection sensitivity of vacuum metal deposition to that of cyanoacrylate ester fuming followed by fluorescent dye staining. Further details on this can be found in the Journal of Forensic Identification, Volume 42(1), 1992 at pages 26 to 33. Both methods tested were found to be very effective in detecting latent fingerprints on low density polyethylene. Vacuum metal deposition was found to be somewhat superior, particularly as latent age increases. However, the high costs associated with Vacuum Metal Deposition negates its widespread use in Canada. The Forensic Identification Support Section of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have kindly granted permission to reproduce their Bulletin #30 entitled "Fingerprint detection using vacuum metal deposition". It describes more fully the forensic application of this technology.
Keywords
Police -- Equipment and supplies -- Evaluation;Fingerprints -- Identification
Report Number
TM-15-1993E;HV6074;TM-15-93 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Nov 1993
Number of Pages
11
DSTKIM No
CA031216
CANDIS No
530079
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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