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 Vacuum Metal Deposition (VMD) Technology Demonstration


When: November 8, 2017 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Where: The 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)

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