This course provides students with a short history on fingerprints, fingerprint pattern interpretation, classification systems including AFIS, the basic physiology of friction ridge formation, the taking of inked fingerprints, basic tools/methodology used in fingerprint comparison and basic courtroom testimony dealing with enhanced punishment (pen packet testimony). The bulk of this class will be devoted to comparing inked prints to inked prints. Each student will need to bring a fingerprint magnifier. This is a beginner course designed for criminal justice personnel who may work with fingerprints. No experience is necessary. This class does not specifically cover latent print comparison. That topic is covered in two separate training programs. It is best to work with a mentor for a year between each class.