Investigators use a Reflected Ultra Violet Imaging System (RUVIS) to identify latent prints on evidence in a homicide case.
|Forensic Identification 2011 Activity|
|258||Evidence Cases processed for development of latent fingerprints|
|293||Latent fingerprint lifts generated|
|45||Postive fingerprint identifications|
|342||Fingerprint cases entered into SABIS and FBI IAFIS|
|1,154||Latent prints searched against known print database|
|130||"Cold hit" fingerprint identifications|
The Forensic Identification Unit's (FIU) latent print examiners:
- Process physical evidence for the presence of latent prints.
- Evaluate and compare identifiable latent prints to known finger and/or palm impressions for identification or exclusion
- Enter unmatched identifiable latent prints into the Statewide Automated Biometric Identification System (SABIS) for digital comparison and possible identification
Modern technology permits latent prints developed at crime scenes across the state to be entered into SABIS within minutes.
DCJS implemented the New York SABIS in December 2011, replacing the outdated SAFIS System. SABIS is comprised of 19 regional, one Federal, and three satellite examination sites that are located in New York State. The main sites are located in Albany at the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) and at the NYSP Forensic Investigation Center (FIC).
SABIS improvements include increased accuracy, enhanced workflows, interoperability, and additional search capabilities which include palm prints and latent eligible civil prints.
- Crime scene latent prints are searched against a criminal and civil database of more than 80 million fingerprint images at DCJS in an effort to positively identify the individual who left the prints
- The palm print database currently has more than 650,000 images that were received from the New York City Police Department's palm print database.
- Crime scene prints can also be searched against the FBI IAFIS fingerprint database of more than 700 million fingerprint images.