RON SMITH & ASSOCIATES, INC.
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Ron Smith and Associates, Inc. has become an industry leader in the science of impression evidence examination. We are now using our experience and knowledge to bring to you an impression proficiency test that far exceeds any test on the market today. Here at RS&A, we have built the reputation of having some of the industry’s best full time examiners. Our staff of certified examiners has worked together to develop and produce our impression evidence proficiency tests.
The original latent print images have been captured at 1000 ppi or higher, and all of the livescan prints are captured at 500ppi. The latent print image is printed using high quality industry leading printers which accurately renders a 1,000 ppi image. We are able to provide this extremely high level of quality due to our significant investment in the latest printer technology.
Our digital images are a great option for the examiner who is completing their examinations on-screen. The latent images provided on DVD disc have been captured at 1000 ppi or higher. Each image is provided in a .tiff format. A professional photo editing software is highly recommended.
Do you like to use both photo print hard copies and digital photos to do your comparisons? If so, we have the solution for you. Be sure to select this option in the cart when ordering your test.
For those of you who prefer to save a few trees and a few bucks, you may now choose to receive your proficiency test via “Online Download”. This option not only eliminates the use of costly photo paper and DVDs, but it also eliminates shipping cost. Our cost saving allows us to pass cost savings on to you!
HOW IT WORKS: Purchase your downloadable proficiency test and we will send you an email on distribution day with login credentials and download instructions. Simply, login to our secure download portal where you will find a test instruction sheet PDF, known images, and latent images. You now have everything you need to complete your proficiency test. Each downloadable image file will be provided in JPEG 2000 formats.
- Credit Card
- Purchase Order
- Check by Mail
- Credit Card (Highly recommended in order to avoid Bank/Wire Transfer Fees)
- Bank Wire Transfer
- Bank fees for this service range from $50 US to $75 US depending on the country. For all orders paid for through Bank Wire Transfer, the client will be charged a $50 US banking fee. This fee is charged to RS&A by the bank for processing the international payment. Once your order has been submitted, you will receive an order confirmation email and an additional email which will contain an updated invoice cost and all the banking information necessary to complete your bank wire transfer.
- United States = Free Shipping
- North America (Canada and Mexico) = $25.00 flat rate shipping
- All Other Continents = $50.00 flat rate shipping
Shipping charges are applied during checkout.
Avoid all shipping charges by choosing an online download option when available!
Each proficiency test participant will be issued a unique web code
and password to access our easy answer submission portal. Once logged into the portal, you will be asked to complete a simple survey. This information will be used to create our Advanced Results Summary Report. When finished with the simple survey, you will then provide your test answers and comments. Test answers are entered using simple dropdown boxes which can be saved for a later submission or submited to RS&A.
RS&A is committed to constantly improving and offering high quality forensic related products and services. Our commitment is especially important in the field of proficiency testing. We are keenly aware that the results of published Proficiency Testing Results can either be used properly, misused by naysayers of the impression evidence sciences, or sometimes even used as a tool for the defense bar to attack unsuspecting forensic identification specialists.
We believe the most prevalent problem that has existed for much too long is the lack of pertinent data to accompany the raw proficiency test results. Without knowing about the test participant's credentials, experience, and their agency's processes when completing purchased proficiency tests, the published test results are worse than having none at all. It is only through a review of the test results, in relation to the information about the participant and their agency, that the published results can become accurate and truly representative.
Therefore, before submitting your test answers, you will be required to complete a simple online survey. The data we have asked you to provide, in conjunction with the other participants, will enable RS&A to provide the forensic identification industry what they have needed for so long.
Regardless of the results, we will know that the published data is not only accurate but truly meaningful.
- Be available online 4 weeks after submission deadline.
- Show test results by individual unique web code.
- Provide an advanced results summary which will be generated using your data collected during the Test Participant Survey.
- Be provided in PDF format and downloadable for your use.
- Be available in our online archives.
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