National Institute of Justice

An article and report on software developed to help improve detailed documentation of the latent print examination process are available from the National Institute of Justice.

Currently, there is no widely used standard method of detailed documentation of the latent print examination process; how latent print examiners annotate what they use as a basis for their conclusions varies among agencies. Researchers funded by the National Institute of Justice developed ACEware, a software tool for standards-based detailed annotation of the latent print examination process, for use in training new latent print examiners in standard, reproducible documentation of examination, and for use by experienced case-working latent print examiners in documenting actual casework.

ACEware builds upon the Federal Bureau of Investigation Universal Latent Workstation (ULW) system, which includes tools to mark up and compare latent print images, and conduct print searches on the Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems. ACEware extends ULW capabilities, including providing functionality that supports both instructor-led and self-led training.

ACEware is being reviewed by the FBI and has not yet been approved for release. To read the article and access the report, click here.

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The Justice Technology Information Center is a component of the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center System, a program of the National Institute of Justice. JTIC serves as an information resource for technology and equipment related to law enforcement, corrections and courts, and hosts the NIJ Compliance Testing Program, a voluntary equipment standards and testing program for ballistic- and stab-resistant body armor and other officer safety equipment, which conducts equipment testing, reviews and analyzes testing data and disseminates results.

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