The Bureau also processes evidence in our own crime lab utilizing the latest techniques in fingerprint recovery, including dusting powders and chemical development such as ninhydrin, iodine, and cyanoacrylate fuming. Working in concert with the Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services Section, fingerprints are routinely submitted to the AFIS computer (Automated Fingerprint Identification System) where they are compared to thousands of fingerprint cards submitted by law enforcement agencies statewide.
Indentix Touchprint 2000
Recently the department added a Identix Touchprint 2000 to enhance our ability for taking fingerprints of persons through the use of Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). AFIS is the basis for 10-print record creation and identification. The accuracy and effectiveness of AFIS depends directly upon the quality of it's databases.
However with traditional inked cards, even experienced technicians often have difficulty in obtaining sharp, clear prints. Problems such as over or under inking and smudging of prints have an effect on the whole system. The inked fingerprint card has always been the weakest link in AFIS technology.