This presentation will explore the fabrication of latent prints and how a latent print examiner can detect these characteristics during his or her analysis. It is a serious issue that examiners must be aware of during their examination in order to stop this unethical activity. History has shown that fabricated prints are typically made by law enforcement personnel.
In addition to defining fabrication and forgery and outlining the difference between the two, the presenter will also present several case reviews of documented fabrication cases that have occurred throughout the world.
Rachelle Babler is a Certified Latent Print Examiner with the San Diego Police Department’s Crime Laboratory. Rachelle holds a Bachelor of Science degree in the Administration of Criminal Justice, Associates degree in Para-Medicine, and has been employed in the field of forensics for almost 20 years. Rachelle started her career in forensics as a Forensic Specialist with Escondido Police Department for approximately three years prior to joining San Diego Police Department. Rachelle is involved with teaching, training, and has been a guest speaker at several conferences within the United States. Rachelle is a former member and Executive Secretary of SWGFAST. She is currently Chairperson for the Regional Latent Print Study Group for San Diego County and a member and Executive Secretary of the OSAC Friction Ridge Subcommittee. Rachelle’s research primarily focuses on the fabrication of latent prints and plantar impressions.
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