Vacuum Metal Deposition (VMD) Technology Demonstration
When: November 8, 2017 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency
3101 North Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110
What: PCCD, the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police
Association, the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, and the
Cumberland County Office of District Attorney are hosting a technology
demonstration on Vacuum Metal Deposition (VMD).
VMD is one of the most powerful latent fingermark development techniques
available. The technical is widely used
to develop latent fingermarks on non-porous, semi-porous, and porous
exhibits. Fingermarks developed using
VMD are often much higher in quality with excellent contrast and ridge clarity.
VMD Technology has been
used to develop latent fingermarks on evidence that is over 20 years old. The technique has also provided remarkable
results on exhibits that have been submerged in water or buried underground. VMD is one of the only available techniques
capable of developing fingermarks on fabrics. Previous research has shown that
VMD can develop ridge detail and reveal area of touch (for subsequent DNA
testing) on a range of fabrics.
PCCD’s Local Technology Workgroup has arranged for a West Technology
Forensics VMD device to be on display and used for the demonstration providing
participants an opportunity to view hands on how this forensics technology can
be used in your community.
Vacuum Metal Deposition Brochure (PDF)
Vacuum Metal Deposition Presentation (PDF)
Registration is no longer available for this event.