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SPD launches ‘Freddie the Fingerprint’ campaign

Mike Frialde - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Southern Police District (SPD) launched yesterday its campaign to generate awareness among the district’s investigators of the importance of securing latent fingerprints at a crime scene.

Dubbed the “Freddie the Fingerprint” campaign, the launch at the SPD headquarters in Taguig City was graced by Chief Superintendent Takahiro Iiri, of the Japan National Police Agency and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Iiri, as JICA manager, also serves as an adviser to the Philippine National Police on investigation matters.

Aside from generating awareness on the use of fingerprints as evidence in a criminal probe, investigators of the SPD will also be further trained by the JICA in the gathering and preservation of latent fingerprints gathered from crime scenes.

Iiri lauded the efforts of the SPD in gathering fingerprints from crime scenes and sending them to the PNP Crime Laboratory in Camp Crame for inclusion in the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) database.

According to Iiri, with a total of 1,257 lifted latent prints from January to October and sent to AFIS, the SPD holds the record among police units in the Philippines.

“You have strengthened crime scene investigations with your latent print collection,” Iiri said.

SPD director Chief Superintendent Jose Erwin Villacorte said the SPD is bent on making crime scene investigations scientific, starting with the careful lifting and preservation of fingerprints.

“The SPD is making a difference in this endeavor. The SPD now has the largest number of latent prints collected in the Philippines,” he said.

“It is not just the crime laboratory people who should be lifting prints. Every police officer should be doing this as we are all invesigators,” he added.

To underscore the importance of carefully lifting prints from the crime scene and the need to preserve the integrity of the crime scene, Villacorte yesterday ordered that all police officers of the district always carry with them a pair of white cloth gloves.

“All policemen in Japan carry a pair of white gloves. They carry them as part of their uniform and also to be used when they are at a crime scene. We should also be carrying gloves in our pockets as part of our uniform,” he said.

AUTOMATED FINGERPRINT IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM

CAMP CRAME

CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT JOSE ERWIN VILLACORTE

CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT TAKAHIRO IIRI

CRIME

CRIME LABORATORY

FREDDIE THE FINGERPRINT

IIRI

JAPAN NATIONAL POLICE AGENCY AND THE JAPAN INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AGENCY

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