Employment Opportunity

Latent Print Examiner II

Oakland Police Department, Oakland, California

Salary: $79,768.08 - $97,939.56 Annually

Final Filing Date: September 8, 2017

The City of Oakland is currently recruiting to fill a Latent Print Examiner II vacancy within the Police Department. The ideal candidate will be an IAI Certified Latent Print Examiner with experience in latent print development and preservation, crime scene response, AFIS database searches and knowledge of the ISO 17025 Accreditation Standards and Supplemental Requirements.

Under direction in the Oakland Police Department, performs the development, analysis, comparison, evaluation and verification of known and latent print evidence; documents the collection and comparison of evidence via standard documentation, photographic/digital imaging or other methods; writes reports based on the processing of prints; operates latent print and 10-print systems associated with automated fingerprint and palm print identification systems; testifies in court; trains and mentors Latent Print Examiner I and Forensic Technicians; and performs related duties as assigned.

If an insufficient pool of qualified applicants is received from this recruitment process, the City may elect to open a position at the Latent Print Examiner I level for casework experienced candidates.

Flexible Staffing: Incumbents in the Latent Print Examiner I classification are eligible to promote to the Latent Print Examiner II classification in accordance with established City policy related to flexible staffing.

The eligibility list established from this recruitment may be used to fill other vacancies that may occur within The City including full-time and permanent part-time positions.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Analyze known and latent prints for comparison purposes.
  • Operate all computers and computer-related equipment associated with automated fingerprint identification systems.
  • Development of latent prints on objects using a variety of physical, chemical and/or optical methods.
  • Collect latent prints or other impression evidence found at crime scenes or submitted to the laboratory.
  • Maintain accurate observations regarding examinations and generate comprehensive analytical reports regarding findings; maintain all necessary laboratory records.
  • Present fair and impartial court testimony concerning findings, as established by laboratory analyses and interpret findings regarding all aspects of assigned duties.
  • Conduct administrative and technical review of casework from colleagues.
  • Respond to and search for evidence at crime scenes that may contain certain hazards;
  • document all work performed at scenes and issue subsequent reports.
  • Utilize a variety of photographic and/or digital preservation methods.
  • Provide technical training, guidance and advice to less experienced laboratory personnel, other law-enforcement staff or other users of laboratory services.
  • Maintain laboratory equipment, instruments, supplies and work areas.
  • Maintain chain of custody and integrity of evidence under their control.
  • Obtain friction ridge skin impressions from both living and deceased subjects.
  • Handle loaded firearms and/or ammunition safely.
  • Operate a motor vehicle in the performance of assigned duties.
  • May be subject to extended or additional work hours for crime scene duties or other time sensitive work.

Requirements: Any combination of education and experience that is equivalent to the following minimum qualifications is acceptable.

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in a related field including some college science courses.
  • Please follow this link to complete the education history portion of the supplemental questionnaire. Additional instructions for this document are contained within the Supplemental Questionnaire.
  • Three years of progressively responsible experience in latent print comparison and identification including at least two years conducting independent latent print comparison and identification casework.
Licenses and Certifications:
  • Possession of a current Latent Print Examiner Certification from the International Association for Identification (IAI) is required (recertified as necessary).
  • Must maintain a valid California Driver's License throughout the tenure of employment.
Other Requirements:
  • Must be twenty-one (21) years of age or older.
  • Must pass a pattern-recognition examination.
  • Must pass a thorough background investigation.
  • Other acceptable combinations of education and experience are: (1) Associate Degree in a related field with some college science courses and six years of experience in latent print comparison and identification, five years of which must have been spent conducting independent latent print comparison and identification casework or (2) High School Diploma or G.E.D. and seven years of experience in latent print comparison and identification and related matters, six years of which must have been spent conducting independent latent print comparison and identification casework.

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How to apply: Apply online

Posted: July 21, 2017

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