Employment Opportunity

Laboratory Technician - Latent Print Unit

Worcester Police Department, Worcester, Massachusetts

Salary: $53,409.98 Annually

Final Filing Date: February 16, 2018

The Worcester Police Department is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Laboratory Technician in the Latent Print Unit. The Latent Print Unit is accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 by ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board.

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Under the direct supervision of the Latent Print Unit Laboratory Director, the Laboratory Technician will be responsible for:
  • completing a structured training program to become a latent print examiner
  • development of latent finger/palm prints using a variety of methods
  • development of latent prints at scenes of crimes when so requested
  • analyzing recovered latent print impressions
  • comparing latent prints to known exemplars
  • conducting automated searches with AFIS computers,
  • rendering expert testimony in court.

Successful candidates should be highly detail oriented and very well organized. Applicants should be self-motivated to learn and experiment in order to improve existing methodologies or create new ones.

The qualified candidate will be responsible for completing the Latent Print Unit's training program to become a Latent Print Examiner - the length of this training program will depend on the prior knowledge and experience of the trainee as well as that person's natural ability and motivation. It can be estimated that the average employee without prior latent print training or experience would require three years to complete the program.


Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree with a major in Forensic Science, Chemistry, Bio-Chemistry, or closely related degree with chemistry coursework
  • 20/20 corrected vision for far/near distance
  • Satisfy a police background investigation
  • Possess a valid driver's license
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Advanced degrees in Forensic Science or Chemistry
  • Experience in latent print examinations; knowledge pertaining to quality assurance standards; proficiency with Adobe Photoshop; IAI Certification as Latent Print Examiners.
  • Former students who have performed internships with Latent Print Units of other medium to large city departments, state police agency, the FBI, Secret Service, ATF, or DEA

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How to apply: Apply online

Posted: February 8, 2018

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