ACE-V has been called many things over the years, the least as a way to explain the steps or phases used by Latent Print Examiners when conducting latent print comparisons.
This presentation explains these steps in detail. With the bulk of time being spent on the “A” analysis as it is the most important part of the process. The least amount of time will be spent on the “E” evaluation phase as conclusions change from different agencies as well as different countries.
Orientation clues for finger and feet
False ridge detail
Detection of forged or fabricated prints
Rarity / weight / tolerance
Sandy Siegel | Senior Latent Print Examiner, Houston Forensic Science Center
Sandra Siegel started her fingerprint career with the Texas Department of Public Safety in the Crime Records Ten-Print Section. She started teaching in 1997 and was responsible for training the technical aspects of pattern interpretation, classification, identification, and AFIS operations. In December 2002 she took a position as a Latent Print Examiner with the Austin Police Department conducting AFIS searches, bench work in latent prints. In 2014 she accepted a position with the newly formed Houston Forensic Science Center as a senior latent print examiner. Sandy continues to train all aspects friction ridge skin identification and comparison.
Sandra is a member of the International Association for Identification, the Texas and Chesapeake Bay Divisions of the IAI. She is a Distinguished Member with the IAI and has served on the science and practice committees for processing and ten-prints. With the TDIAI, she served on the Program, Education, Resolution and Membership committees. Sandy obtained her IAI certification for latent prints in 1997. She is also the coordinator for the QUIP section for the Journal of Forensic Identification and moderator for an informal email group called FIGS (Fingerprint Interest Group by Sandy) which is dedicated to sharing all aspects of forensics related information.