Tape Subgroup

Guideline for Forensic Examination of Pressure Sensitive Tapes:

-Descriptions of various tapes, manufacturing similarities and differences and the steps in a forensic analysis.

Process to Create:

-To provide a standardized approach to an analysis generally conducted randomly and infrequently in forensic laboratories.

-Drafts offered to community for comment

-Comments reviewed by the tape subgroup and incorporated or denied. All changes presented to the full SWG for their review.

-Final draft voted on by full SWG - If approved, submitted to ASTM for incorporation

-Enforcement - Voluntary


Guideline for Forensic Examination of Pressure Sensitive Tapes (JASTEE, Vol. 2, Issue 1, Page 88)

Guideline for Assessing Physical Characteristics in Forensic Tape Examinations (JASTEE, Vol. 5, Issue 1, Page 34)

Guideline for Using Light Microscopy in Forensic Examinations of Tape Components (JASTEE, Vol. 2, Issue 1, Page 106)

Guideline for Using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy in Forensic Tape Examinations (JASTEE, Vol. 2, Issue 1, Page 112)

Guideline for Using Scanning Electron Microscopy/Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy in Forensic Tape Examinations (JASTEE, Vol. 2, Issue 1, Page 122)

Standard Guide for Using Pyrolysis-Gas Chromatography and Pyrolysis-Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry in Forensic Tape Examinations (JASTEE, Vol. 5, Issue 1, Page 42)

Tape Admissibility Package

Tape Bibliography

A 2012 Survey Regarding the Status of Forensic Tape Analysis

Reference Articles

These articles are provided since they may be difficult to locate and are not copyrighted:

Forensic Characterization of Black Polyvinyl Chloride Electrical Tape - R. O. Keto

Forensic Examination of Duct Tape - J. D. Benson

Comparison of Masking Tapes by Fluorescence Spectroscopy - R. D. Blackledge

Elemental Examination of Silver Duct Tape Using Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectrometry - T. L. Jenkins Jr.

The Forensic Value of Duct Tape Comparisons - Jenny Smith

Duct Tape Analysis as Trace Evidence - Hugh Snodgrass

Hand-Sectioning and Identification of Pressure-Sensitive Tapes - Anna S. Teetsov and Mary L. Stellmack

The Characterization of PVC Adhesive Tape - Thomas G. Kee

Manufacturing Methods - John Johnston

Tapes with Adhesive Backing: their Characterization in the Forensic Science Laboratory - R. D. Blackledge


Andria Mehltretter, FBI Laboratory

Lee Bender, ATF

Madlen Margau, Centre of Forensic Sciences

Mark Ahonen, Indiana State Police Laboratory

Susan Gross, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

Thom Hopen, ATF

Ulrich Simmross, Bundeskriminalamt Kriminaltechnisches Institut

Corresponding Member

Jenny M. Smith, Missouri Highway Patrol

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