The latent print cards are submitted to the
evidence property room at the Lincoln St. station. The latent
print cards are gathered then transported to the department's
fingerprint examiner. The examiner closely examines each print
card to determine their worth as evidence. There are four levels
The first is sufficient quality for a Cal-Id
automated fingerprint identification search (AFIS), which means
the print can be entered in a computer database and compared to a
possible suspect automatically. The response time varies depending
on the priority of the case. Usually, homicides, rapes and other
crimes of violence take priority. It may take six weeks or more to
get a response for a property related theft case.
The second is sufficient quality for a known
comparison, which means the print can be compared to a known
suspect but not good enough for an automated search.
The third is sufficient quality palm print,
which means the latent print is part of a palm print. Currently,
palm prints cannot be searched by the Riverside County Cal-Id
system. Palm prints can be compared to a suspect if known.
The fourth is insufficient quality, which means
there is no evidentiary worth. The latent print cannot be compared
or entered into the AFIS system due to insufficient fingerprint