Users' questions

Is there a database of shoe prints?

Is there a database of shoe prints?

The SoleMate database contains details of more than 42,000 items of footwear including sample shoe prints. With information and images of the latest sports, work and casual footwear from all major brands, SoleMate® provides users with the ability to identify shoe prints from crime scenes.

What databases are used in forensic science?

Forensic Databases: Paint, Shoe Prints, and Beyond

  • Integrated Ballistic Identification System: IBIS.
  • Paint Data Query: PDQ.
  • National Automotive Paint File.
  • Glass Evidence Reference Database.
  • TreadMark™
  • SoleMate.
  • Forensic Information System for Handwriting: FISH.
  • International Ink Library.

What information is available in shoe databases?

This commercial database contains information—manufacturer, date of market release, an image or offset print of the sole, and pictorial images of the uppers—for more than 12,000 sports, work, and casual shoes.

What database is used to store shoe print impressions?

SICAR is a database made up of thousands of shoeprint and tire tread patterns that have been submitted by manufacturing companies, forensic laboratories, and law enforcement agencies. Specific shapes or pattern elements in the unknown impression are coded to certain areas of a shoe or tire tread in the program.

How is the forensic analysis of footwear evidence done?

Many police departments and crime laboratories throughout the United States use similar computerized footwear databases. Examiners search questioned footwear impressions through these databases to determine the brand and/or model name of the footwear that left an impression at the crime scene.

How does the FBI use footwear impression evidence?

Footwear impression evidence left behind at crime scenes may provide valuable investigative information even when suspects have not been apprehended yet. The FBI Laboratory maintains a footwear database that is a computerized reference collection of more than 14,000 shoe outsoles from hundreds of different footwear manufacturers.

What kind of evidence can be recovered from shoes?

Types of trace evidence that could be recovered include skin, glass fragments, body hair, fibers from clothing or carpets, soil particles, dust and bodily fluids. The study of this trace evidence could be used to link a piece of footwear to a location or owner. DNA can be one of the contributing factors in forensic footwear evidence.

Where do fibers in forensic evidence come from?

Fibers come from personally-owned vehicles, manufactures, and junkyards. Digital records and physical samples. The International Forensic Automotive Paint Data Query (PDQ) database is a centralized, searchable database of chemical and color information of original automotive paints.