UK police miss deadline to meet fingerprint standards

Only 3 of the UK’s 43 police forces met a November deadline to meet “international standards for analysing prints found at crime scenes” as reported here, despite having 3 years to upgrade their processes. The situation reflects a wider mandate for increased scientific rigor across all branches of forensic science. In regard to fingerprints, forces that did not meet the standard “will have to declare this in court, prompting concerns that cases could collapse as a result of unreliable evidence.”

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