Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Still No Fingerprint Unit at OPD

By Kathleen Richards
Tue, Dec 19, 2006 at 3:25 PM

On Friday, Deputy Chief Howard Jordan of the Bureau of Investigations at the Oakland Police Department sent an e-mail to OPD's Yahoo Group clarifying some "misinformation" in a SF Chronicle story last week regarding the closure of its fingerprint unit in June. "The City Council did in fact approve the funding of 2 Latent Print Examiners in the upcoming budget (July 2006)," Jordan wrote, addressing the statement that crime lab chief Mary Gibbons spent years trying to get city council members to fund the positions. "Furthermore, Councilmember Quan has championed the funding for these positions during the past budget cycle. She continues to be our strongest ally in our efforts to fully staff our entire laboratory. The police department continues to collect fingerprints at crime scenes. The disconnect has been between the investigators and the number of prints being requested through the laboratory. To rectify this problem, and as an interim measure, we have contracted with the Contra Costa County Crime Laboratory to process our Latent Prints."

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