The Forensic Identification Unit is comprised of three subunits: Latent Prints, Identification, and Fingerprint Services. Identification has Fingerprint Examiners on duty 24 hours a day/7days a week. The Examiners classify, search, and identity fingerprints of persons arrested, using the most current technological methods as well as traditional examination procedures. The fingerprints are searched through the AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification System) which searches both the county and state databases. The Identification Unit also provides services to the Medical Examiners Office and receives evidence from crime scenes processed for latent fingerprints.
Latent Prints is responsible for evaluating and comparing all physical evidence submitted from crime scenes processed for fingerprints. Latent Examiners also provide expert testimony in court as to their findings and conclusions as well as assistance to other agencies when requested. Unidentified latent fingerprints are searched through the AFIS system in order to help investigators solve cases in which no suspect was initially identified. In 2005 the AFIS system was enhanced to not only search and store fingerprints but also to accept palm prints left at crime scenes. Palm Beach County implemented its first AFIS system in 1989 and since that time over 6,000 latent prints have been identified.
Fingerprint Services operates out of four separate locations throughout the county. Three of these sites offer fingerprinting services to the general public for employment, gun permits, state licenses, etc. The other site is dedicated to handling all criminal registrations as well as sex offender/predator re-registrations with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
3228 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406-3001