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FBI’s ‘Hit of the Year’ video wins award

FBI’s ‘Hit of the Year’ Video Wins Award
Highlights Successes of Latent Services to Solve Crimes

hit-of-the-year-greenEach year since 2007, law enforcement agencies have shared their successes using the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) latent services to assist in solving major crime cases, and CJIS staff selects one case as the “Hit of the Year.”

A video highlighting The 2010 Latent Hit of the Year was awarded the 2011 Silver Award of Distinction in the category of government relations at the 17th Annual Communicator Awards.

After viewing this video, a law enforcement official shared information about the following: On August 3, 2005, an elderly Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, woman was found stabbed to death, and her home had been ransacked. Investigators developed several latent prints from a wrist watch box on a stand near a window where the offender appeared to have entered the home. They submitted the prints to the Pennsylvania State Police’s Wyoming Regional Crime Laboratory.

A sergeant with the Pennsylvania State Police searched the latent prints against the state’s Automated Fingerprint Identification System, but the latent prints did not match any in the state system. However, he then submitted the prints for a search against the IAFIS. Within 5 hours, the IAFIS returned a response with 20 possible matches. From these results, the sergeant was able to make a positive identification of the latent prints.

Investigators from the Wilkes-Barre Police Department confronted the suspect, who confessed to the murder and stealing a large amount of money before leaving the scene. On February 10, 2006, the suspect made a plea bargain with prosecutors to avoid the death penalty. He pled guilty to first-degree murder, robbery, and additional charges. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Law enforcement officials with similar stories that they would like to be considered for the next “Hit of the Year” can e-mail the case details to fbilatenthit@leo.gov.


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Mobile Fingerprint Devices and Rapid Search of RISC Empower Officers on the Street

FBI’s ‘Hit of the Year’ Video Wins Award
Highlights successes of latent services to solve crimes

License Plate Reader Technology Enhances the Identification, Recovery of Stolen Vehicles

Busted...With an Assist from NCIC
NCIC off-line search helps Marshals find missing 4-year-old in danger

UCR Program Continues to Adapt, Evolve
Cargo Theft data collection begun, changes to LEOKA and Hate Crime Statistics Programs set in motion

Photo Finish
Hoover initiated collection of data on officers killed

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