Latent Fingerprint Examiner

US Government, Police Services

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Performs difficult technical work involving all phases of identification such as latent print comparisons, processing of evidence at crime scenes and in a laboratory using powders and chemicals, taking of fingerprints, and testifying in court.  Enters latent prints into the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), operates the alternate light source and photographs latent prints in conjunction with this process.  Does related work as required. .  Work is performed under regular supervision.


Gives dispositions and testifies in court;
Evaluates latent fingerprint cards;
Compares latent fingerprint against known suspects and prepares report on comparisons and positive identifications;
Maintains fingerprint card files;
Ability to classify rolled fingerprints and make comparative identification between latent fingerprints and “rolled” fingerprints.


Conducts latent fingerprint and palmprint examinations for criminal indentification and elimination purposes using the AFIS and manual comparisons;
Locates and develops latent prints on a wide variety of materials and surfaces by using physical, chemical, optical, or any combination of techniques appropriate to the substance being examined;
Respond when called upon to assist with the collection and preservation of physical evidence at the scenes of major crimes such as homicides, sex offenses, kidnapping and clandestine drug labs;
Manages the AFIS for latent evidence storage;
Performs low-level maintenance such as optical system cleaning and alignment.  Maintains a working knowledge of forensic photography, laser technology, and safety procedures;
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;
Coordinates and conducts training relating to latent fingerprinting;
Assists with digital management;
Performs related tasks as required.


Thorough knowledge of the rules and regulations of the Police Department; thorough knowledge of police investigative techniques and techniques of identification; thorough knowledge of rules of evidence and laws of search and seizure; thorough knowledge of the techniques and methods used to process and protect a crime scene; ability to analyze evidence; ability to skillfully process a crime scene for fingerprints and gather evidence; ability to maintain records and prepare reports; ability to use crime laboratory facilities and equipment; skill in the use of photography equipment and the operation of an automobile.


An Associate Degree (or documentation of 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of college credits) plus two (2) years full-time experience as a latent print examiner or four (4) years full-time experience as a latent print examiner.


Possession of a valid State of Florida Class “E” driver’s license with no more than six (6) points in a three (3) year period.

The applicant must successfully pass a complete background investigation to the satisfaction of the employer prior to appointment.


Must be able to lift, carry and push articles weighing up to 25 lbs. Must be able to wear hard hat/helmet, safety glasses, goggles, respirator, safety shoes/boots, hearing protectors, welder’s helmet, face shield, safety harness, safety vest, gloves and biohazard suit.  Exposure to extreme temperatures, animals/insects, electrical hazards, confined spaces, heights, noise, vibration, dust, vapors, fumes, mist, smoke, toxic metals, poisons, irritants, asphyxiants and bloodborne pathogens.


The background check process for this position may include:

  • Criminal Background Check
  • Employment Verification
  • Reference Checks
  • Motor Vehicles Report (MVR) Check
  • Credit Check
  • Fingerprinting
  • Polygraph
  • Neighborhood Check
  • Psychological Examination
  • Drug and Alcohol Screen
  • Pulmonary Function Test (PFT)
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