48 Police J. 219 (1975)
Glove Print Identification - A New Technique

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Fingerprint Department, New Scotland Yard
A New Technique
The majority of people who wear gloves do so to afford them-
selves a measure of protection. Protection from cold or heat-
protection from dirt and disease-protection from chemicals or
protection for whatever is to be handled by them be it a patient or
a precious metal surface-protection from detection when commit-
ting crime.
It is the last group which prompted research into glove prints.
There is nothing more frustrating for a fingerprint officer than to
examine a crime scene where he finds glove marks and then has to
tell the investigating officer that he cannot help because the
criminal was wearing gloves.
The materials used to produce the various types of gloves worn
in all walks of life are as varied as their uses. From man's natural
cover skin, to natural fibres-man-made fibres, rubber, plastics
or indeed combinations of some of them.
From the constant handling of objects such as door knobs,
banisters, shop doors, rails on buses on which people have deposi-
ted large quantities of perspiration a glove soon becomes impregna-
ted with grease and dirt. Even during the putting on and the re-
moval of a glove a layer of perspiration is placed on the glove.
Consequently when a glove comes into contact with a smooth hard
surface a layer of this grease is sometimes deposited in much the
same way as an unprotected finger will leave a fingerprint. As
with fingerprints the grease deposit from the glove can be made
visible by the skilful application of a fingerprint search powder.
The layer of grease left by the glove is, by its mere nature, not as
strong and dense as a fingerprint but nevertheless it is detectable,
recordable and in certain cases can be as reliable as a fingerprint
when it comes to identification.
Each glove can be individualized in many ways. The material
it was made from; the way it was put together, i.e., machine
stitched, hand stitched, knitted, moulded; embossing; perforations;
the creases and contours formed when worn constantly; the acci-
dental damage caused by the wearer, i.e., cuts, abrasions and burns.
Some or all of this data can be revealed in a glove impression left
at a scene of crime.
219                                                 July 1975

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