Working as Part of a Crime Scene Unit Collecting Fingerprint Evidence
Grades: 3 - 8

Video Description: New December 2022! View video of a police officer gathering fingerprint evidence at a crime scene as he describes the process and answers student questions about the work and forensics science involved.

Type of Video: Segment*
Unique Video ID: Forensics-16**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Before viewing this video with your students, ask them to think of questions they would like to have answered. If these are not covered in this video, have them speak to the School Resource Officer or reach out to the area forensic unit for the answers.
  • Officer Schmidt mentions arches, loops and whorls in reference to fingerprints. Have your students research fingerprints to learn about these. Students will now apply their knowledge to their own fingerprints. Using a black stamp pad and blank note cards, have them fingerprint themselves. They should then identify which type of print they have; arch, loop or whorl. Have them compare their prints to those of others in the class.
  • To learn more about Forensics, check out the full program this segment is edited from: The Science Behind Criminal Investigations 1. (Forensics-9).


*Segment videos are short excerpts edited from interviews or interactive programs that offer flexible and differentiated ways to use the rich content included in the full-length conversation.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.