Our last bit of training in AIT consisted of collecting evidence, document a site with photos and a sketch, and recover and lift latent fingerprints from a scene. During this training, it felt like I was on CSI, NCIS, or any other of those crime scene shows. I was taught how to dust for fingerprints and document them. The training really didn’t have us identify them, because there are computer systems for that. For my test in this subject, I had ten minutes to search the room for any intelligence and evidence. I had to take 360 degree pictures of the entire room as well as take pictures of the evidence itself. I then had to search for the fingerprints, take photos yet again, and document them. I had to create a quick sketch of the room as well. I did all of this while wearing body armor and helmet, so it got quite hot and sweaty as I had to do this quickly due to this supposed to be done on the battlefield downrange. I had trouble finding the prints at first, but I recovered them and passed the test. I never thought I would actually do that “high-speed” fingerprint dusting stuff, but hey, anyone can do anything they want to achieve as long as they have the right attitude!
Until next time,