Senior Latent Print Examiner

  • 408316

SUMMARY: Under limited direction, performs specialized technical work in the identification, collection, examination, verification, recording, and maintaining of latent prints and other related crime data; coordinates and conducts training for subordinates and law enforcement personnel; and perform related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (which are not in any hierarchical order)
  1. Supervises, oversees and maintains all latent print evidence and files, and crime related data
  2. Coordinates, prepares findings, attends and testifies in court as qualified latent print expert regarding evidence collected, latent prints identified and participates in other court proceedings as required.
  3. Processes latent print; prepares, analyzes and packages evidence; prepares reports.
  4. Responds to law enforcement, local, state and federal agencies’ inquiries concerning latent print evidence and related data.
  5. Utilizes chemicals, powders and physical methods for detection and visualization of latent prints using proper safety equipment and procedures. Compares latent prints with a suspect's known inked prints to determine probable match.
  6. Manages the Automated Fingerprinting Identification System (AFIS) for latent evidence storage.
  7. Supervises CSI volunteers; assigns and checks work; gives direction on assigned tasks.
  8. Acts as liaison for state and federal agencies, including police departments by providing latent identification services; provides guidance and expert advice on latent prints and related documentation.
  9. Prepares detailed reports and documentation regarding crime scene analysis and evidence collection.
  10. Coordinates and conducts training relating to latent fingerprinting and crime scene analysis for Crime Scene Investigators and law enforcement personnel; produces monthly fingerprint proficiency exam for Crime Scene Investigators.
  11. Coordinates and conducts field and classroom presentations for special events
  12. Answers phones, maintains filing system, and performs other related work.
  • Knowledge of the criminal mindset.
  • Knowledge of advanced fingerprinting classification and filing techniques
  • Knowledge of local, state and federal regulations affecting work.
  • Knowledge of photographic equipment and fingerprint identification system and other crime scene related equipments and processes.
  • Knowledge of the techniques used in preserving and maintaining latent fingerprints
  • Knowledge of courtroom procedures
  • Knowledge of crime scene investigation techniques.
  • Skill in latent processing, evidence collection, photography and other crime scene activities.
  • Skill in preparing detailed reports and diagrams.
  • Skill in recovering, preserving, comparing and identifying latent prints.
  • Skill in identifying fingerprints and other related evidence.
  • Skill in operating standard office equipment including a personal computer and related software.
  • Ability to testify in court effectively regarding latent print evidence
  • Ability to work with and around chemicals used in latent print examination
  • Ability to prepare detailed reports
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves moderate work generally in an outdoor setting. There is frequent need to sit, talk or hear, use hands to finger, handle or feel and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Associate’s Degree from an accredited college or university and seven (7) years related experience in a law enforcement environment, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. Three (3) years experience in latent print identification, required. One (1) year lead/supervisory experience, preferred. Must be certified Latent Print Examiner by the International Association for Identification (IAI). A valid driver’s license is required.

Last Revision date: October 1, 2007
Overtime: Yes
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