A Greater Manchester Police crime scene investigator searches for fingerprint evidence during a training exercise.
CSIs spend many painstaking hours searching for the smallest piece of evidence that could lead to an arrest.
Fingerprints have been used by the police for over 100 years but the fact that the pattern of the skin on fingers is unique to an individual has been known for much longer.
The world’s first fingerprint bureau was founded in India in 1897. Two members of the bureau’s staff, Azizul Haque and Hem Chandra Bose developed a fingerprint classification system known as the Henry System which formed the basis of modern fingerprinting.
The Metropolitan Police Fingerprint Branch (using the Henry System) opened in 1901.
Today, computer based systems mean that huge numbers of fingerprints can be checked in the search to find an offender.
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You should call 101, the new national non-emergency number, to report crime and other concerns that do not require an emergency response.
Always call 999 in an emergency, such as when a crime is in progress, violence is being used or threatened or where there is danger to life.
You can also call anonymously with information about crime to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Crimestoppers is an independent charity who will not want your name, just your information. Your call will not be traced or recorded and you do not have to go to court or give a statement.
Posted by Greater Manchester Police on 2012-05-01 23:55:16
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