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Sheriff Wants SJPD Fingerprint Program

Tim Fayle, a latent print examiner at the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, goes through the procedure of identifying an unknown fingerprint. (Photo by Chip Scheuer)

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The San Jose Police Department is thinking of getting out of the fingerprint business. As a result, a battle for millions of dollars in equipment and staffing, and has been quietly waged for months between the SJPD and the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office over who should process criminal prints.