Course detail: Processing Latent Prints - Beyond the Basics

Kansas Bureau of Investigation training to assist with latent print collection and submission. 

When responding to crime scenes, it is important to recognize probative evidence conducive for latent print examination. Learning to apply the proper development and collection techniques will assist in the recovery of comparable latent prints. In this course, students will get hands-on experience with applying various powders on basic and complex surfaces. In addition, they will test and experiment with a number of lifting techniques to include tape, gel, hinge, and casting material. Students will also learn and perform a method for taking known prints which does not utilize ink, yet still provides a full and clear recording of the friction ridge skin. In addition, this course will explain proper packaging and submission techniques for latent print evidence and photographs of latent prints. 

Course Competency: 
  • Participants will employ best practices as they investigate any crime from its beginning to its eventual disposition; either as an individual or part of an investigatory team. 

Course Objectives: 
  • Identify the conditions that affect the recovery of latent prints and how to maximize the preservation of latent prints. 
  • Learn to apply the proper development and collection techniques 
  • Understand the different collection methods 
  • Learn to properly package and the techniques for submission for latent print evidence 
  • Understand how to submit photographs of latent prints 

Who Should Attend: 
  • Law Enforcement Officers 
  • Court Services Personnel 
  • Probation and Parole Officers 
  • Offender Registration Office Personnel 
  • Offender DNA Collection Agency Personnel 
Instructional Methods:
  • Lecture
  • Hands-on training
Course Requirements:

  • 100% attendance and participation

 Fitness Level Necessary for Successful Completion: Low Active

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 Session Information: LE24055F

Schedule: Every day, starting on 10/25/23 and ending on 10/25/23
Times: 09:00am-04:00pm CDT


Participants are responsible for their own snacks, drinks, meals, lodging and travel. Please dress in layers, as the temperature in the room may be difficult to adjust. The session begins at 9:00AM and is estimated to end at approximately 4:00PM. On-site registration will begin at 8:30AM.


Name Additional Resources
Kansas Bureau of Investigation

Facility Detail

Parsons KLETC Regional Site
2103 Corning Ave
Parsons, KS 67357