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NCJ Number: NCJ 242717     Find in a Library
Title: Study of the Variability in Footwear Impression Comparison Conclusions
Author(s): Lesley Hammer ; Kate Duffy ; James Fraser ; Niamh Nic Daeid
  Journal: Journal of Forensic Identification  Volume:63  Issue:2  Dated:March/April 2013  Pages:205 to 218
Date Published: 04/2013
Page Count: 14
  Annotation: This study explored the variability that exists in footwear impression comparison conclusions.
Abstract: The 2009 National Academy of Science report, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward, cited a 1996 European study of footwear examiner conclusions and used it to illustrate that there were “considerable differences” between conclusions of footwear examiners. The basic methodology of that study was repeated in 2009 in North America. Six footwear case studies were created and sent to participating certified footwear examiners. The examiners were asked to independently assess each case based on features that were clearly marked on each impression, and they were directed to use a specific scale of conclusions to report their findings. The results of this study, in contrast to the 1996 study, were that when experienced examiners used the same conclusion scale and compared the same features, there was little variability within their stated findings. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Shoe prints and tire tracks
Index Term(s): Evidence collection ; Trace evidence ; Evidence identification and analysis ; Evidence ; Evidence preservation ; Forensics/Forensic Sciences
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Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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