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Training Information
Arrest Disposition Submission
(for fingerprint-based arrests maintained by the FBI)


Taking Legible Fingerprints

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Criminal Identification by means of fingerprints is one of the most potent factors in apprehending fugitives who might otherwise escape arrest and continue their criminal activities indefinitely. This type of identification also makes possible an accurate determination of the number of previous arrests and convictions which results in the imposition of more equitable sentences by the judiciary. In addition, this system of identification enables the prosecutor to present its case in the light of the offender's previous record. It also provides probation officers, parole board, and the Governor with definite information upon which to base their judgment in dealing with criminals in their jurisdiction. Picture of Fingerprint Technicians at terminals

Fingerprint Identification is the method of identification using the impressions made by the minute ridge formations or patterns found on the fingertips. No two persons have exactly the same arrangement of ridge patterns, and the patterns of any one individual remain unchanged throughout life. Fingerprints offer an infallible means of personal identification.

Other personal characteristics may change, but fingerprints do not.

Fingerprints can be recorded on a standard fingerprint card or can be recorded digitally and transmitted electronically to the FBI for comparison. By comparing fingerprints at the scene of a crime with the fingerprint record of suspected persons, officials can establish absolute proof of the presence or identity of a person.

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