The Force Fingerprint Bureau at lewes in 1979.

Det.Insp. John Price.
Most crime scenes are dusted with an aluminium powder, and any fingerprints found are lifted with a special adhesive tape and fixed to a transparent backing sheet.
P.C. Mick Kelly searches a crime print against the bureau records.
'35 S.P.D.' A technique involving the use of radio material for fingerprint development on 'difficult' paper exhibits. P.C. John Pearce is one of the two Bureau officers trained in it's use.
Dipping' stolen cheques in ninhydrin chemical.
Fingerprints are identified by the sequential matching of the points on the skin ridges. 16 such points are necessary for a positive identification.
Mr John Tebby operating a machine especially designed for the fast copying of fingerprint lifts.

The Newspaper of the Sussex Constabulary

The new premises, although hutted and temporary, are a big improvement over the old, which were rather cramped.

Last year S.F.B handled 4,243 cases received from Scenes of Crimes Officers, and after the elimination of persons with legitimate access to premises, etc., checks and searches yielded 1,002 criminal identifications.

An important aspect of fingerprint work is the identification of dead bodies.



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