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A boy scout merit badge that, unfortunately, isn't required, so you can't use it to advance to Eagle Scout with it.


1. Take a clear set of prints. Use both rolled and plain impressions. Make these on an 8-by-8-inch fingerprint identification card, available from your local police department or counselor.

2. Do the following:

a. Name the surfaces of the body where friction or papillary ridges are found.
b. Explain why plain impressions must be taken on a card.
3. Show you can identify the eight types of fingerprint patterns.

4. Give a short history of fingerprinting. Tell the difference between civil and criminal identification. Point out the purposes of each.

More help is availible at http://onin.com/fp/fpmeritbdg.html

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