Miami-Dade fingerprint analyst helps ID criminals and verify identities


By Angela Tablac
The Miami Herald 

MIAMI — Jennifer Hackett is good with other people's hands -- specifically the tips of their fingers.

As a fingerprint analyst for the Miami-Dade Police Department, Hackett processes at least 80 prints a day. Thirty-two analysts man the 24-hour, seven-days-a-week operation -- verifying dead people's identities, comparing sets of prints to identify criminals, processing local prisoners' records and testifying in the courtroom when fingerprints are key in linking a defendant to a crime.

"It doesn't get boring," Hackett said.

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