Employment Opportunity


Forensic Scientist - Latent Fingerprint

Albuquerque Police Department, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Salary:

  • Trainee - $56,680.00 yr $56,680.00 yr
  • Latent Fingerprint I - $60,923.20 - $63,980.80 year
  • Latent Fingerprint II - $66,976.00 - $70,324.80 year
  • Latent Fingerprint III - $73,673.59 - $77,376.00 year

Final Filing Date: May 1, 2019

Identify, examine, analyze, evaluate and interpret evidence in the investigation of crimes; use forensic science in the analysis of evidence in order to reach scientific conclusions in the area of Latent Fingerprints; effectively communicate results and findings, verbally and in writing, to the appropriate parties.

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Duties:

Trainee
  • Learn to perform a variety of chemical, physical, and/or other enhancement techniques in relation to latent prints.
  • Learn to collect, prepare and document a variety of forensic evidence for assigned criminal cases
  • Learn to determine print value for comparison and/or AFIS/IAFIS entry.
  • Learn comparison of latent prints with known prints of suspects and/or victims.
  • Learn to prepare reagents / chemicals as necessary.
  • Learn to identify, examine, analyze, and interpret appropriate physical evidence in the forensic discipline of Latent Print Analysis.
  • Learn to conduct validations, performance checks, routine maintenance, calibrations and maintain quality control records of laboratory equipment.
  • Learn to prepare and present a variety of technical, written and verbal reports.
  • Learn to conduct technical and administrative review of scientific analysis and reports.
  • Learn to maintain appropriate custody of evidence and confidentiality of case information.
  • Learn to provide testimony as required.
  • Learn to maintain quality control records to ensure testing accuracy, precision and reliability.
  • Learn to develop and provide training sessions to investigators, legal personnel and scientists, concerning forensic science, evidence handling and analytical procedures.
  • Learn to maintain required proficiency in the forensic discipline of Latent Prints.
  • Learn to maintain and repair a variety of laboratory equipment and instruments.
  • Learn to maintain clean and functional laboratory spaces.
  • Learn to evaluate and recommend changes to laboratory policies and procedures.
  • Learn to assist in the procurement of equipment and supplies.
  • Learn to ensure adherence to safe work practices and procedures.
  • Travel and receive training as assigned to maintain and enhance professional competency.
  • Learn to maintain professional interaction and communication with other forensic scientists, forensic units and organizations.
  • Respond to public inquiries in a courteous manner; provide information within the area of assignment.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.
Latent Fingerprint I
  • Perform a variety of chemical, physical, and/or other enhancement techniques in relation to latent prints.
  • Collect, prepare and document a variety of forensic evidence for assigned criminal cases
  • Determine print value for comparison and/or AFIS/IAFIS entry.
  • Comparison of latent prints with known prints of suspects and/or victims.
  • Prepare reagents / chemicals as necessary.
  • Identify, examine, analyze, and interpret appropriate physical evidence in the forensic discipline of Latent Print Analysis.
  • Conduct validations, performance checks, routine maintenance, calibrations and maintain quality control records of laboratory equipment.
  • Prepare and present a variety of technical, written and verbal reports.
  • Conduct technical and administrative review of scientific analysis and reports.
  • Maintain appropriate custody of evidence and confidentiality of case information.
  • Provide testimony as required.
  • Maintain quality control records to ensure testing accuracy, precision and reliability.
  • Develop and provide training sessions to investigators, legal personnel and scientists, concerning forensic science, evidence handling and analytical procedures.
  • Maintain required proficiency in the forensic discipline of Latent Prints.
  • Maintain and repair a variety of laboratory equipment and instruments.
  • Maintain clean and functional laboratory spaces.
  • Evaluate and recommend changes to laboratory policies and procedures.
  • Assist in the procurement of equipment and supplies.
  • Ensure adherence to safe work practices and procedures.
  • Travel and receive training as assigned to maintain and enhance professional competency.
  • Maintain professional interaction and communication with other forensic scientists, forensic units and organizations.
  • Respond to public inquiries in a courteous manner; provide information within the area of assignment.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.
Latent Fingerprint II
  • Perform a variety of chemical, physical, and/or other enhancement techniques in relation to latent prints.
  • Collect, prepare and document a variety of forensic evidence for assigned criminal cases
  • Determine print value for comparison and/or AFIS/IAFIS entry.
  • Comparison of latent prints with known prints of suspects and/or victims.
  • Prepare reagents / chemicals as necessary.
  • Identify, examine, analyze, and interpret appropriate physical evidence in the forensic discipline of Latent Print Analysis.
  • Conduct validations, performance checks, routine maintenance, calibrations and maintain quality control records of laboratory equipment.
  • Prepare and present a variety of technical, written and verbal reports.
  • Conduct technical and administrative review of scientific analysis and reports.
  • Maintain appropriate custody of evidence and confidentiality of case information.
  • Provide testimony as required.
  • Maintain quality control records to ensure testing accuracy, precision and reliability.
  • Develop and provide training sessions to investigators, legal personnel and scientists, concerning forensic science, evidence handling and analytical procedures.
  • Maintain required proficiency in the forensic discipline of Latent Prints.
  • Maintain and repair a variety of laboratory equipment and instruments.
  • Maintain clean and functional laboratory spaces.
  • Evaluate and recommend changes to laboratory policies and procedures.
  • Assist in the procurement of equipment and supplies.
  • Ensure adherence to safe work practices and procedures.
  • Travel and receive training as assigned to maintain and enhance professional competency.
  • Maintain professional interaction and communication with other forensic scientists, forensic units and organizations.
  • Respond to public inquiries in a courteous manner; provide information within the area of assignment.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.
Latent Fingerprint III
  • Perform a variety of chemical, physical, and/or other enhancement techniques in relation to latent prints.
  • Collect, prepare and document a variety of forensic evidence for assigned criminal cases
  • Determine print value for comparison and/or AFIS/IAFIS entry.
  • Comparison of latent prints with known prints of suspects and/or victims.
  • Prepare reagents / chemicals as necessary.
  • Identify, examine, analyze, and interpret appropriate physical evidence in the forensic discipline of Latent Print Analysis.
  • Conduct validations, performance checks, routine maintenance, calibrations and maintain quality control records of laboratory equipment.
  • Prepare and present a variety of technical, written and verbal reports.
  • Conduct technical and administrative review of scientific analysis and reports.
  • Maintain appropriate custody of evidence and confidentiality of case information.
  • Provide testimony as required.
  • Maintain quality control records to ensure testing accuracy, precision and reliability.
  • Develop and provide training sessions to investigators, legal personnel and scientists, concerning forensic science, evidence handling and analytical procedures.
  • Maintain required proficiency in the forensic discipline of Latent Prints.
  • Maintain and repair a variety of laboratory equipment and instruments.
  • Maintain clean and functional laboratory spaces.
  • Evaluate and recommend changes to laboratory policies and procedures.
  • Assist in the procurement of equipment and supplies.
  • Ensure adherence to safe work practices and procedures.
  • Travel and receive training as assigned to maintain and enhance professional competency.
  • Maintain professional interaction and communication with other forensic scientists, forensic units and organizations.
  • Respond to public inquiries in a courteous manner; provide information within the area of assignment.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

Requirements:

Education and experience directly related to the minimum requirements below may be interchangeable on a year for year basis.
  • Forensic Scientist Latent Fingerprint SCT – Trainee:
    • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in forensic science or physical science.
  • Forensic Scientist Latent Fingerprint I SCI – Entry Level:
    • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in forensic science or physical science; plus one (1) year forensic scientist experience in the field of latent print analysis.
  • Forensic Scientist Latent Fingerprint II SC2 – Journeyman Level:
    • Master's degree from an accredited college or university in forensic science, chemistry, biology or physical science; plus three (3) years forensic scientist experience in the field of latent print analysis;
    • OR
    • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in forensic science or physical science; plus four (4) years forensic scientist experience in the field of latent print analysis plus discipline specific certification;
    • OR
    • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in forensic science or physical science; plus five (5) years forensic scientist experience in the field of latent print analysis.
  • Forensic Scientist Latent Fingerprint III SC3 - Advanced Level:
    • Master's degree from an accredited college or university in forensic science or physical science; plus eight (8) years forensic scientist experience in the field of latent print analysis;
    • OR
    • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in forensic science or physical science; plus ten (10) years forensic scientist experience in the field of latent print analysis.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR LATENT FINGERPRINT SERIES
  • Possession of a valid Driver's License or the ability to obtain by date of hire
  • Possession of a City Operator's Permit (COP) within 6 months from date of hire
Preferred Knowledge
  • Examinations conducted by a Latent Fingerprint unit
  • Theories and techniques of processing, classification and comparison of latent fingerprint-type evidence
  • Examinations conducted by a Latent Fingerprint unit
  • Use of equipment and accessories used in a latent fingerprint unit
  • Use of Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS)
  • Operations, services, procedures and activities of a forensic laboratory
  • Crime scene investigations
  • Methods and techniques of forensic evidence collection and evaluation
  • Operation of forensic instruments, equipment and tools
  • Operation of basic power and hand tools
  • Occupational hazards and standard safety practices
  • Pertinent Federal, State and local codes, laws and regulations
  • Computers and various programs and data bases
  • Scientific Working Group on Friction Ridge Analysis, Study and Technology (SWGFAST)
  • International Association for Identification (IAI)
  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS)
  • American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors - Laboratory Accreditation Board, and other applicable quality assurance standards
Preferred Skills & Abilities
  • Successfully pass Form Blindness test
  • Maintain appropriate visual discrimination and perception needed for making observations
  • Define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions
  • Recognize anomalies, formulate hypotheses and take appropriate action
  • Perform forensic evidence collection, identification and analysis
  • Operate a variety of forensic laboratory equipment and instruments in a safe and effective manner
  • Work independently in the absence of supervision
  • Prepare complex technical written and verbal reports
  • Establish and maintain effective professional working relationships
  • Identify similarities and differences between shades, colors, shapes, sounds, forms, textures or physical appearance associated with job related objects, materials and tasks
  • Interpret a variety of technical instructions
  • Plan, organize and coordinate work assignments
  • Communicate clearly and concisely
  • Perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation

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Posted: April 3, 2019


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