Alexandre Beaudoin

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Alexandre Beaudoin
Born (1978-02-16) February 16, 1978 (age 37)
Drummondville, Quebec
Residence Flag of Canada.svg Canada
Nationality Flag of Canada.svg Canadian
Fields Fingerprint Forensic scientist
Institutions Sûreté du Québec
Alma mater Université de Montréal
Known for Oil Red O, Police Technology Assessment
Notable awards Edward Foster Award, Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces

Alexandre Beaudoin (born February 16, 1978) is a Quebec fingerprint scientist known for inventing a technique for developing latent fingerprints on dry and/or wet porous surfaces (such as paper and cardboard).[1] (Oil Red O)


Alexandre Beaudoin was born in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada, in 1978. After receiving his BSc in microbiology and Immunology of the University of Montreal in 2000, he was hired by the Sûreté du Québec in the Forensic Identification Department as a latent fingerprint development specialist. In 2003 he obtained a research position as scientific and technical advisor. He also pursues his full-time study during the same period, obtaining a degree of MSc in Health Technology Assessment (HTA) & Management in 2009 with the medical schools of four different universities: University of Montreal, University of Ottawa, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (Barcelona) and Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Rome). Since 2006, he is a guest professor at the Canadian Police College and the Ontario Police College about fingerprint chemical development. In 2007, through his work on Oil Red O, he was awarded the Recognition Award – Creativity and Innovation.[2][3] In 2008, he became President of the Canadian Identification Society. In 2009, he was received by the International Fingerprint Research Group (IFRG), which are invited only the most active and creative researchers of the domain.[4] In 2010, he founded and became president of the Association Québécoise de Criminalistique which regroup the French forensic specialists.[5]


In 2004, Alexandre Beaudoin successfully made, at the age of 27, the first efficient latent fingerprints development using a technique he has developed based on Oil Red O.[6][7][8] The research continued to integrate the method in fingerprint standards sequence development.[9][10] He then develops the concept of mini-PTA, on the basis of the Danish mini-HTA, consisting in Police Technology Assessment (PTA) for promoting the best technology purchase based on the regional realities of each police department.[11]



  • Beaudoin, A; Guillemette, D.Interventions sur une scène de crime, Montreal, Editions Andre Fontaine, 2013[14]


  1. ^ Triplett M, Fingerprint Dictionary, Two Rings Publishing, Bellevue, Washington
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  5. ^ AQC
  6. ^ Beaudoin, A. New technique for revealing latent fingerprints on wet, porous surfaces: Oil Red O. Journal of Forensic Identification, 2004, 54 (4), 413–421.
  7. ^ Block, I. Young researcher makes his mark. The Gazette Journal, 2005, August 23.
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  9. ^ Rawji, A. ; Beaudoin, A. Oil Red O versus Physical Developer on wet papers: a comparative study Journal of Forensic Identification, 2006, 56 (1), 33–54.
  10. ^ Guigui, K.; Beaudoin, A. The use of Oil Red O in sequence with other methods of fingerprint development. Journal of Forensic Identification, 2007, 57 (4), 550–581
  11. ^ Beaudoin, A. Analyse des stratégies d’évaluation des technologies des corps policiers canadiens : le cas de l’Identité Judiciaire. Master Thesis, Université de Montréal: Montréal, Canada. 2009
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  13. ^ Gazette of Canada, Part 1, Vol 146, No 12 OTTAWA, March 24, 2012, pp 146–147
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