Spokane C.O.P.S. Latent Fingerprint Program

  • By Spokane C.O.P.S.
  • 20 Oct, 2015

Latent Fingerprint Program - Trained Volunteers

If your car gets broken into, C.O.P.S. can help! Our volunteers are trained and certified to take fingerprint lifts off your vehicle in an effort to catch the prowler. We help the police catch the bad guys! If you get broken into, make use of this service!

The Process: Specialized fingerprint powder is gently brushed over surfaces. If latent fingerprints emerge after dusting, they are photographed and then carefully lifted with special forensic tape before being affixed to fingerprint cards. The fingerprints are brought back to the Police Forensic Unit for analysis.

How to Request A Fingerprint Lift:

  • If your car is broken into, call Crime Check at 456-2233 to report a vehicle break-in (call 911 if the person is still in the act of prowling your car).
  • Crime Check will ask you if you want a volunteer to dust for latent fingerprints.
  • Crime Check will forward the information to the C.O.P.S. Latent Fingerprint Coordinator.
  • The Latent Fingerprint Coordinator will contact you to verify the information (typically within 48 hours).
  • The Latent Fingerprint Team will then call you to make an appointment for a team to come to your location or for you to bring your car to a C.O.P.S. shop (based on volunteer availability and current number of vehicles needing a Fingerprint Lift).

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