Latent Fingerprint Classification



Why we use Fingerprint Identification and Fingerprint Classification. This lesson plan takes a look at the use of fingerprinting in law enforcement. This lesson will define the fingerprint types, methods used to discover prints, classifcation of prints-both general and specific, and Galton's Details.

Lesson Time

Latent Fingerprint Classification
3 Hours

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Public Services
K-12 Subjects
  • English-Language Arts
Grade Levels
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

Standards and Objectives


California's 2008 CTE Standards (3)
California Academic Content Standards (1)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Student will define latent, patent, plastic or molded fingerprints.
  • Student will demonstrate methods used to discover latent prints.
  • Student will describe the three general classification of fingerprint patterns.
  • Student will identify the specific patterns within each broad category.
  • Students will Identify Galton's Details.

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