2022 03 Distortion Interpretation & Feature Distribution - Las Vegas, NV



June 13 – 17, 2022


0800 – 1700 Monday – Thursday
0800 – 1200 Friday


Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
Forensic Laboratory
5605 W. Badura Ave., Suite 120B
Las Vegas, NV 89118

LVMPD Contact

David Johnson, Latent Print Manager
Email: D9933J@LVMPD.com

Instructor Contact

Alice White
Email: Alice@EvolveForensics.com
Mobile: 702.769.9469

Hotel Information:

There are many hotels in Las Vegas, but none within walking distance to the training site. Read hotel reviews carefully! Please note the LVMPD Forensic Lab is located south of the Las Vegas Strip, not at the main headquarters. One reliable option:

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Las Vegas Airport at 7250 Pollock Drive HOTEL LINK

Download Class Flyer: Distortion Interpretation & Feature Distribution

Landmark-based morphometrics are quantitative methods used by scientists to study form, and variation in form, within plant and animal species. This is essentially the same method used, albeit more qualitatively, during the examination of friction ridge impressions. A key difference for friction ridge examiners is that this method must be applied along two dimensions: 1) distribution of friction ridge features within the human population (inter-source variation) and 2) variation in the recording of friction ridge skin from the same person (intra-source variation). Inter-source variation establishes the diagnosticity of the feature for establishing search parameters and determining identity. Intra-source variation establishes whether the attributes of a feature are within tolerance for having come from the same source skin.

This 4 ½ day workshop will link together the biological aspects of the skin (“morpho” of morphometric) with the geometry of the impressions of the skin (“metric” of morphometric). The estimated distributions of the features within the population will be evaluated using published research and exploring the degree of symmetry among twins and within individuals (bilateral symmetry). Assessing variation in appearance will take place along two lines of inquiry 1) skin variation due to time (e.g., aging, injury, disease) and 2) variation in appearance due to distortion during the recording of the skin on a surface.  Attendees will be able to make their own collection of distortion videos to reinforce the distortion concepts. Practical exercises will challenge the examiners to consider which features and their attributes are being compared and weighted and which distortion factors are most relevant for understanding the variation in appearance between two impressions that originated from the same source.

This workshop replaces and includes the content from Analysis of Distortion in Latent Prints.

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