So my thoughts turned to other occupations reliant on unraveling puzzles and solving crimes. Forensic psychology. Profiling. Both required a lot of school and/or training and by now I was a couple decades away from Youngster status. That's when I got the idea of being a fingerprint analyst. I'd done some reading about fingerprints, knew that, like snowflakes, no two sets were alike. Learning about whorls and arches and loops would be exciting. Not a profession that would put my person at risk, pay was decent, not a lot of overtime required, benefits were available. Did I follow-up with it? No, I did not. And why is that you ask? Because the police department in the city I then lived in needed only one fingerprint analyst and that guy had been with the PD for 18 years and wasn't going anywhere. So, no job for me until he retired.
All these memories and career dreams came back to me a few weeks back when I had to be fingerprinted as part of the substitute teacher application process in the local public schools. BIG changes in fingerprinting since the first time I went through the process, 25+ years ago, as a requirement to get into graduate school. No more blackening the fingertips on an ink pad then rolling them across their respective squares.
Any experience with fingerprinting? Having it done or being the one to do it?
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