August 26, 1995 in Washington Voices

Volunteers Can Learn To Recover Fingerprints From Crime Scenes

By The Spokesman-Review

A program that enlists SCOPE volunteers to take fingerprints from cars that have been burglarized will be the main topic of the Wednesday SCOPE East meeting.

Kirk Hayfield, a representative from SCOPE University, will provide details to SCOPE East about how the program will work.

“I’m going to explain to people what we’re trying to accomplish,” Hayfield said. “Basically I’m on a recruiting mission.”

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the library at Otis Orchards Elementary.

The program already has 12 trained volunteers. Ten more are signed up to be trained and Hayfield hopes the group will grow to about 50 volunteers. He will be signing up volunteers at Wednesday’s meeting.

The Sheriff’s Department identification unit trained the original group of volunteers. Hayfield and the other trained volunteers will train new volunteers for the program.

Using volunteers to lift fingerprints is intended to free up deputies for other calls. Hayfield said there are between 200 and 300 car prowling calls a month. Most of those calls are not responded to by deputies.

, DataTimes

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