Who is a fingerprint expert ?

A fingerprint analyst is a scientist who studies, evaluates, and preserves fingerprints (and sometimes handprints and footprints) as part of an investigation into a crime. The job is also known as a fingerprint examiner, forensic print analyst, and latent fingerprint analyst.

To become a fingerprint analyst, a bachelor’s degree in a program such as forensic science is typically needed. Certification from SFAFP can lead you to become one, It is recommended that aspiring fingerprint analysts study a broad range of subjects while in school.

In this field, you examine and process fingerprints on behalf of law enforcement or national security agencies to match fingerprints to evidence found at crime scenes. You can also operate and monitor biometric scanning systems for security purposes.

The three basic fingerprint patterns are Whorl, Arch, and Loop. There are more complex classification systems that further break down the pattern to plain arches or tented arches. Loops may be radial or ulnar. Whorls also have smaller classifications

Loop. The loop is the most common type of fingerprint. The ridges form elongated loops. Some people have double loop fingerprints, where the ridges make a curvy S shape.

Delta – A point in loop and whorl prints that lies within an often triangular, three-pronged or funnel-shaped structure; it is the part of a ridge nearest the point where two parallel ridge lines (the “type” lines) diverge to flow around the loop or whorl; loop patterns have one delta

Chukwuekwu Nordi okonta, CrFA , hold certificates in forensic accounting from society for forensic accounting and fraud prevention (SFAFP) and from west Virginia university, USA.