• Question: Have you ever got the wrong fingerprint and the police have arrested the wrong person?

    Asked by anon-347671 to Richard on 31 Jan 2023.
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      Richard Case answered on 31 Jan 2023:

      Thankfully nobody has been arrested due to any mistakes that I have made…. but I can readily admit that mistakes can and do happen, although they are not common.

      There are very strict procedures whereby any decisions have to be checked and validated by another expert before results are provided to police officers.

      Identifications can also be challenged at court by independent experts.