First Advisor

Muscari, Mary

Thesis Committee Member(s)

Lindley, Don


College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

MS Criminology


School of Humanities & Social Sciences

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

41 pages


There are several different techniques to solve crimes. Fingerprinting has been used as an investigative tool to help law enforcement find suspects. By using the fingerprints obtained at a crime scene, investigators can try to find a match within the fingerprint database. Since fingerprints are truly unique, there are better technological advances that will aid law enforcements and forensic scientists confirm a suspect was at the crime scene. By using DNA, deoxyribonucleic acid, technology, established in 1985 but was first used in 1987 in law enforcement, as the main investigative tool, several different crimes can be solve by analyzing the evidence gathered at a crime scene. Since DNA is as highly variable as a fingerprint, it can help forensic scientists and law enforcement have a clear and effective way to identify any persons involved at a crime scene. Since law enforcement agencies are establishing DNA profile databases, it will help law enforcement agencies around the nation identify a suspect if the suspect commits a crime in another state and see if they have any outstanding warrants against them. DNA technology, which is also being called the chemical fingerprint, is still currently evolving and is becoming more efficient for both law enforcement agencies and forensic scientists.

Date of Award

Summer 2013

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

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