Impression Pattern and Trace Evidence Webinar Series Archived

A 17-webinar series from the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence has been archived online for on-demand viewing. The "Impression Pattern & Trace Evidence Webinar Series" is specifically designed to bring together practitioners and researchers to enhance information-sharing and promote collaboration among the impression, pattern and trace evidence, law enforcement and legal communities.


The series will also provide unique educational opportunities for forensic examiners in the disciplines of impression, pattern and trace evidence. This webinar series will focus on topics that include the latest developments and challenges to fingerprint, shoeprint and tire tread evidence, questioned documents, bloodstain pattern analysis, biometrics, firearms/toolmarks, digital photography, fibers, paint, tape and other types of evidence as well as calculation of error rate, testimony, interpretation/reporting, case studies, and technology applications.

Topics include:

Automotive Paint Forensics
Ballistics in Forensics
Communicating Conclusions in Forensics
Ensuring Viability of Trace Evidence
Error Rates & Implications of the Quality
Fingerprint Image Complexity
Footwear Impressions in Forensics
Forensic Committees (NIST OSAC)
Forensic Trace Evidence
Hair & Lubricants
Latent Prints & Transparency
Match Analysis & Court Testimony
Paint DNA & Error Rates
Suitability & Sufficiency
Tape & Paint Evidence
Toolmarks, Photos & Teeth - A Forensic Trio
Trace Fibers & Population Studies

Click the links above to check out all of these topics.


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