Employment Opportunity

Latent Fingerprint Examiner

Virginia Beach Police Department, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Salary: $35,568.00 - $52,790.40 per year

Final Filing Date: March 24, 2019

The Police Department’s Forensic Services Unit (FSU) provides crime scene response and latent fingerprint examination services to the citizens of Virginia Beach who have become victims of crime. The Latent Fingerprint section began in 1987 and is the largest remote Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) site in the state of Virginia, averaging approximately 1000-1250 latent print criminal cases per year. The unit is staffed by a supervisor, three latent fingerprint examiners and a public safety data services assistant.

Forensic Services Technician is the entry level position. Starting salary will be factored from the lower end of the salary range, commensurate with experience and qualifications. Applicants selected for the Forensic Services Technician position will be eligible for career progression to the Forensic Specialist I position classification (10% pay increase) upon demonstrating competency and proficiency in processing latent fingerprints independently (typically in about two years). There is an additional career progression opportunity to Forensic Specialist II for those employees who continue their study and training in latent fingerprint examination and are recognized by the court as an expert witness in that discipline.

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This position will be responsible for the following:
  • analyzing, comparing and evaluating fingerprint evidence associated with criminal activity under investigation
  • verifying findings through peer review
  • conducting proficiency testing
  • independently conducting complex examinations using accepted methodology, conveying conclusions in writing
  • testifying in court proceedings


  • Requires any combination of education (above the high school level) and/or experience equivalent to three (3) years in fields utilizing the required knowledge, skills, and abilities and associated with such positions as evidence technician or related position or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Must be available to work overtime when required to meet operational needs.
  • Must successfully complete a police background investigation, including polygraph examination.
  • This position requires access to the Virginia Criminal Information Network (VCIN) and the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).
  • The State Police who administer VCIN/NCIC require US citizenship or 10 year residency as a prerequisite for certification.
  • Detail orientation, computer literacy and organizational/time management skills are essential.
  • Certification as a latent fingerprint examiner (or progress towards this goal) by the International Association of Identification (IAI) is preferred.
  • Experience testifying in court and work experience (paid or volunteer) in latent examination preferred.

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Posted: March 13, 2019

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