Students Discover “Who Dunnit” Through Fingerprint Exercise

By Angie Mellor

Police Sergeant and Adjunct Instructor of Criminal Justice, Bob Nordby knows a thing or two about the skills his students need in their future careers. That’s why he created a latent fingerprint activity for his Criminal Investigations class at Globe University-La Crosse.

“The class was preparing for a large project at the end of the quarter where they will need to process a crime scene and this is one of the skills that they will have to use,” Nordby said.

The students began by watching a video and an in-class demonstration of lifting latent fingerprints. Nordby also emphasized the importance of fingerprints at a crime scene. “They were shown how to compare fingerprints and analyze how fingerprints can identify a person individually by characteristics and marks.”

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