NM crime lab wants fingerprints from some victims

August 1, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s state crime lab now requires law enforcement agencies to submit fingerprints for victims of non-violent crimes along with unidentified prints from property crime scenes.

Bureau Chief Noreen Purcell says [auth] the lab won’t accept unknown prints unaccompanied by victims’ prints in cases such as burglary, stolen property and illegal possession of a firearm.

Purcell says early elimination of victims’ prints will speed processing of cases and help clear a 300-case backlog.

According to the Albuquerque Journal ( ), nearly all New Mexico law enforcement agencies use the state crime labs in Santa Fe or Las Cruces and at least one police department is concerned.

Las Cruces police Lt. Kerry Clement says some victims could feel re-victimized.

Albuquerque police and the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office use the Albuquerque department’s lab.

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