Annual Report Highlights Employees’ Work to Help Solve Crimes Using Fingerprints

The King County Regional AFIS Program, or Automated Fingerprint Identification System, just published its 2013 annual report.

AFIS is a regional levy-funded program that has been operational since 1986 under the administration of the King County Sheriff’s Office that provides criminal identification services to all cities and incorporated areas of King County.

Program employees collect and search the fingerprints of arrested individuals to locate unknown aliases and warrants prior to their release.  Staff also recover, process, search, and compare fingerprints from crime scenes.

The AFIS Program aids in solving crimes throughout King County, and contributes to the safety of both officers and residents.


Above: Latent Print Examiner Kerie Cress compares recorded fingerprints and latent prints collected at a crime scene to resolve identification