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NIST, along with our other agency and academic partners, supports forensic science laboratories in many ways. Below you'll find links to research and resources that go beyond the traditional analytical techniques used in most forensic science laboratories.
Management PracticesOnline Human Factors in Latent Print Examination Portal: This online tool is part of a study designed to determine the factors that lead to errors in latent fingerprint examination. This study, which uses the human factors and analysis classification system model, will contribute to developing system-based approaches for minimizing error in forensic settings.
Latent Print Examiner Personnel Selection Tools: Forensic laboratory managers need to know whether applicants have the aptitudes, experience and skills needed to succeed in latent print examination. To help in the selection of latent print examiners, NIST supported the development of a test that quantifies the cognitive processes that underpin fingerprint examinations. This test is available through Cognitive Profile Testing. Examples of testing images are available on the Latent Print Examiner Personnel Selection Test Examples page.
Effects of Human Factors on the Accuracy of Fingerprint Analysis: NIST and the National Institute of Justice convened an expert working group to do a scientific assessment of the effects of human factors on forensic latent print analysis and to develop recommendations to reduce the risk of error. A summary of this effort is available on the NIJ website.
One result of the NIST/NIJ human factors working group is the Latent Print Examination Process Map, available for downloading as a pdf.