Employment Opportunity

Latent Print Examiner I

Baltimore County Police Department, Forensics Division, Towson, Maryland

Salary: $44,629.00 - $55,848.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


Under close supervision, conducts examinations of fingerprints in support of police investigations.
  • Follows a direct course of study to achieve professional qualifications as a Latent Print Examiner. Examines latent prints.
  • Compares known finger, palm, and foot prints with latent print impressions to determine identity for use in police investigations.
  • Follows established procedures for maintaining chain of custody.
  • Provides fingerprint identification testimony in court.
  • Prepares charts, photographs, and other materials for court presentations.
  • Maintains reference files of latent prints of value in outstanding cases.
  • Accesses MILES, NCIC, AFIS and other networks and databases to research criminal justice information.
  • Attends courses in specialized techniques of latent print identification.
  • Participates and performs internally and externally prepared proficiency test.
  • Trains fingerprint technicians or less skilled latent print examiners in latent print examination and analysis.
Examples of Other Duties
  • Obtains prints from deceased persons.
  • Classifies fingerprint cards.
  • Searches manual and automated fingerprint files.
  • Gives lectures and presentations to police recruits, community and school groups, and other interested parties.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

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  • Possession of a high school diploma or appropriate equivalent, completion of advanced technical or college level coursework in fingerprint classification
  • plus
  • at least one year's work experience in latent fingerprint examination, not processing. (THE ONE YEAR OF EXPERIENCE MUST BE WORK EXPERIENCE NOT EDUCATION OR CLASSROOM WORK.)
Character Requirements
  • All applicants must be of good moral character and emotionally stable, as determined by a comprehensive background investigation and test for drug use.
Licenses and Certificates
  • Possession of a valid license equivalent to a non-commercial, class C Maryland driver's license is required at the time of appointment.
Proof of Licenses, Certifications and Education
  • Applicants are required to submit proof of licenses, certifications and education beyond high school to meet the required and preferred qualifications of the position. Diplomas or transcripts must show the applicant's major field of study. Copies and unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
  • Failure to submit proof of Licenses, Certifications and Education will result in your application not being considered. Proof of licenses, certifications, and/or education must be submitted with each application.
Proof of Degree Equivalency
  • Applicants who have obtained a degree from outside the United States of America are required to submit degree equivalence documentation from World Education Services, Inc. (www.WES.org)
Mail or deliver documents to:
    ATTN: Latent Print Examiner I
    Office of Human Resources
    Baltimore County Government
    308 Allegheny Ave.
    Towson, MD 21204

    You can attach your transcript(s) or licenses(s) to your application.
  • Applicants will be qualified based on an evaluation of their training and experience, as stated on their application, which includes answers to the supplemental questions. Applicants must state the dates and duties of past and present experience clearly and completely for evaluation purposes.
Conditions of Employment:
  • On appointment to this classification, an employee must provide a DNA sample to be maintained for quality assurance purposes by way of buccal swab of the inside of the employee's mouth or current standardized collection procedure to be performed by qualified police department personnel. Provision of the DNA sample is a condition of employment and shall only be used for law enforcement purposes as a forensic laboratory or for purposes of human remains identification and request, but only to the extent that the genetic information is used for analysis of DNA identification markers for quality control to detect sample contamination. It shall be maintained and disclosed only in a manner consistent with law, separate from the employee's personnel file as a confidential medical record, and will not be used for any other purpose. See 75 Fed. Reg. 68912, 68936 (November 9, 2010), 42 U.S.C. 2000ff-1(b)(6), 29 CFR 1635.8(b)(6), as amended. Provision of the DNA sample is a bona fide occupational qualification reason
  • ably necessary to the normal operation of the police department. Failure to provide the DNA sample would prevent performance of an essential job function. Persons appointed to this classification may work on either a rotating or fixed shift basis, which will include nights, weekends, holidays and overtime as required. Incumbents must remain competent to testify as an expert witness during the course of their employment.
Physical and Environmental Conditions
  • The work of this classification entails frequent walking, standing, lifting, bending, and the operation of motor vehicles. Some work requires exposure to hazardous conditions such as chemicals, human body fluids, and adverse weather conditions.
  • Newly hired Pay Schedule I and I-C employees are required to join the Baltimore County Federation of Public Employees (BCFPE) or pay a service fee to BCFPE as a condition of employment.
Medical Examination and Employment Background Investigation
  • Applicants selected for an appointment to a position in Baltimore County must successfully complete a physical examination and drug screen and an employment background investigation, including, but not limited to a criminal background, education, and fingerprint check.

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How to apply: Apply online

Posted: September 5, 2017

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