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Latent Fingerprints

To adequately develop the latent prints at crime scenes, it is

necessary that the proper equipment be provided. This equipment

includes latent fingerprint powders, brushes, lifting tape,

fingerprint camera, searchlight, and scissors. All of this equipment

can be obtained from commercial fingerprint supply companies. Figure

419 shows some of the equipment used by the FBI. The techniques of

developing latent fingerprints and their uses are more fully explained

in the following chapters.

It is believed that by following the basic ideas outlined, the

officials of law enforcement agencies can be assured of best results

in establishing and maintaining a small identification bureau. For

further information, the Federal Bureau of Investigation will furnish

to duly constituted law enforcement officials any additional data

which may be of material assistance in the maintenance of such a