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NCJ Number: 69907 Find in a Library
Title: Filing and Retrieval of Fingerprint Cards in the Colorado Bureau of Investigation - Law Enforcement Assistance Administration Police Technical Assistance Report
Corporate Author: Public Admin Service
United States of America
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 18
Contract Number: J-LEAA-002-76
Publication Number: 76-089-060
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In response to a request for technical assistance, a study was made of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Criminal Identification Section's (CIS) manual fingerprint and jacket files.
Abstract: The technical history of the CIS is presented, emphasizing its advanced state of computer technology with namesearch and computer assisted technical search capabilities. The process of source documents through CIS is traced through computerized and manual namesearch procedures and through computerized fingerprint technical search with provisions for updating the computer files by the technician. Concerns with the manual fingerprint and jacket files center on their use of floor space and on their substantial labor cost (for use and maintenance). An analysis is made of alternatives to the manual files, and recommendations include replacing them with strip microfilm in cartridges, in either 16 mm or 35 mm, in either positive or negative mode. Futher analysis deals with costs and weight reduction. Findings show large weight reduction, higher accuracy rates and a faster verification process resulting in lower operating costs. Specific recommendations for the implementation of the microfilm master fingerprint file and the microfilm jacket file concern subjects, source documents use, work stations, record format, modification of the computerized namesearch routine and the technical search method, and an action plan by season for the coming year.
Index Term(s): Colorado; Fingerprint classification; Police Records Units; Records management
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