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Jon T. Stimac, CLPE


After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminalistics/Criminal Justice from Weber State University in 1993, Jon began his forensic science career with the Salt Lake City Police Department Crime Laboratory. In 1996, he continued his career in the pacific northwest where he has worked as a forensic scientist, temporary lab director, latent print examiner, and as a technical leader for both the latent print and crime scene disciplines.

Jon is both a Certified Latent Print Examiner and a ‘Distinguished Member’ of the International Association for Identification (IAI), currently serving as Editor for their quarterly publication, IDentification News.

Jon was a fourteen-year member of the NIJ sponsored Scientific Working Group on Friction Ridge Analysis, Study and Technology (SWGFAST) and has had several research projects pertaining to latent friction ridge development published in the Journal of Forensic Identification, Fingerprint Whorld and Divisional IAI newsletters. More recently, Jon has instructed numerous comparison courses (Intermediate, Advanced and Plantar Comparison of Friction Ridge Impressions) to both latent print and tenprint analysts throughout the United States and from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Puerto Rico and Sweden.
RS&A Courses Taught by Jon Stimac
Jon Stimac's Publications

Stimac, J.T., Thermal & Carbonless Papers: A Fundamental Understanding for Latent Friction Ridge
Development, Journal of Forensic Identification, 53:2, 2003

Stimac, J.T., Thermal Paper: Latent Friction Ridge Development via 1,2-Indanedione, Journal of Forensic
Identification, 53:3, 2003

Stimac, J.T., Forensic Science, or Business? The Use of Production Standards, Journal of Forensic
Identification, 53:5, 2003

Stimac, J.T., The Search for Safe, Non-running Solvents: A Brief History, Journal of Forensic Identification,
50:5, 2000

Stimac, J.T., Adhesive Tape Separation with Un-du®, Fingerprint Whorld, 26:102, 2000

Stimac, J.T., Plastic Fingerprint Impressions: An Inked Approach, Journal of Forensic Identification, 48:5,

Stimac, J.T., Dry Ninhydrin, Gizmos & Gadgets, 2005,

Identification News, Editor – International Association for Identification, 2007-present

DactyloGram, Editor – (non-affiliated electronic newsletter on friction ridge identification) 2006-2007

FP Stuff, Editor – (non-affiliated electronic newsletter on friction ridge identification) 2001-2005