P3 2

This two-day workshop is dedicated to the friction ridge skin of the palms.The palms have regional variation in the crease patterns and ridge flows that can be exploited to determine the anatomical region and distal orientation of latent prints. Additionally, the patterns on the hands have a distribution within the population that informs the rarity of level one features during the ACE-V (Analysis, Comparison, Evaluation, and Verification) process. This course focuses on the analysis of latent prints to establish search parameters for the comparison process. Attendees will learn the following and apply their knowledge in practical exercises:

  • Embryological development of the hands
  • Ridge flows of the palms
  • Crease patterns of the palms
  • Pattern distributions within the regions of the palms
  • Shapes of latent prints from the palms
  • Establishment of search parameters for palms
  • Commonalities and distinguishing features of palm impressions