Green bay pd donates livescan machine to lab university of wisconsin-platteville

The LiveScan machine, manufactured by Identix and worth several thousand dollars, will allow students to identify fingerprints without ink and transmit the fingerprints directly to the Automated Fingerprint Identification System. This system allows for fingerprints to be re-printed if a mistake was made and help prevent errors while fingerprinting.

The new equipment is standard in the types of agencies where UW-Platteville criminal justice and forensic investigation students may work in the future, such as city police departments, state patrols, correctional institutions, state departments of corrections, state departments of justice-divisions of criminal investigation, United States Department of Homeland Security, United States probation and pretrial services, and many others.

“The Livescan machine is standard technology at law enforcement agencies across the country and allows for the digital capturing of finger and palm prints,” said Dr. Staci Strobl, associate professor of criminal justice and interim chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at UW-Platteville. “The images then can be directly compared to law enforcement databases. Having this machine allows our students to work with the latest forensic technology and better prepare them for future careers in the field. We can’t thank the Green Bay Police Department enough for their donation of this expensive machine that immediately enhances the forensic laboratory experience for our students.”

The donation was made possible through the work of Timothy Juedes, forensic investigation instructor and associate student services coordinator in the Department of Criminal Justice at UW-Platteville, who was contacted by UW-Platteville alumna Baeleigh Larson, forensic specialist for Green Bay Police Department, about the donation. Larson informed Juedes that they were looking to donate the LiveScan machine to the Department of Criminal Justice to further its forensic investigation program.

“This type of technology is extremely important, not just on the forensic side but for the criminal justice system in general,” said Juedes. “LiveScan provides easy instantaneous access to digital fingerprint databases, which with the old traditional style of fingerprinting could take days to weeks for results. Being able to access a digital fingerprint database makes identifying a fingerprint from a crime scene more efficient. In addition, LiveScan fingerprinting is a lot less messy than fingerprinting with printer’s ink. This machine will give me the ability to not only talk about LiveScan but also demonstrate to the students how to properly capture fingerprints using a LiveScan. With years of experience working in fingerprint units, I have seen the quality of fingerprint records submitted to the database. Some are great records but most are sub-par. Being able to educate my students on properly capturing fingerprints while using the LiveScan will prepare them for when they will need to take fingerprints in their future careers.”

“As an alumna of the forensic program at UW-Platteville, I always wanted to give back in some way,” said Baeleigh Larson, forensic specialist at Green Bay Police Department. “When my department told me that we were getting a new LiveScan machine and we had no use for the old one but it was still in great working condition, I thought, ‘this is my opportunity to give back.’ Through a lot of phone calls, getting the approval by multiple supervisors within my department and getting the okay from the Identix Company to donate the machine to UW-Platteville, I was able to make this happen.”

The Forensic Investigation Laboratory opened in January 2008 and is designed to provide students with a classroom similar to the work space they would encounter in a crime lab setting. The lab includes laboratory-grade countertops, cabinetry, and sink; ventilation and lab equipment hoods to assure safety; and a full wall of glass windows, which enables visitors to observe students, faculty and staff working in the lab.

In addition to the new LiveScan machine, equipment in the Forensic Investigation Lab includes Automated Fingerprint Identification System terminals, down flow work stations with fuming hoods, fuming chambers, swab drying chambers, comparison microscopes and an instructor’s station connected to a digital projection unit. The lab also has a designated lecture space for forensic investigation courses. The design of the lab enables instructors to quickly transition from lecture materials to hands-on activities.