Employment Opportunity

Latent Fingerprint Examiner

Miami-Dade Police Department, Doral, Florida

Salary: $60,832.46-$92,925.56 per year

Final Filing Date: June 10, 2019

The MIAMI-DADE POLICE DEPARTMENT (MDPD) Fingerprint Identification Section is seeking an experienced friction ridge examiner with at least one year of fingerprint identification experience for an anticipated vacancy. The Fingerprint Identification Section is a large, state-of-the-art facility with modern equipment, Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) work stations, and forensic latent laboratory. We seek an individual who will meet the challenge of becoming a court-qualified Latent Fingerprint Examiner, and is able to work independently within a team environment. The ideal candidate will possess Tenprint or Latent Print Certification through the International Association for Identification (IAI), knowledge of ISO-17025 accreditation standards, and knowledge of AFIS.

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  • Performs collection, examination, and analysis of fingerprint evidence
  • Analyze, compare, and evaluate friction ridge impressions using the AFIS
  • Performs latent processing on items of physical evidence utilizing various physical and chemical methods
  • Performs collection and documentation of evidence at crimes scenes, as necessary
  • Prepares court exhibits and renders testimony in courts of law


  • Applicants must be a US citizen or US permanent resident prior to being hired.
  • Applicants must have a bachelor or advanced degree from an accredited college or university with completion of at least 12 credit hours in physical or biological science-related coursework.
  • Professional experience in either a forensic laboratory or law enforcement agency in the latent fingerprint discipline may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education.
  • Qualified applicants will be subject to an extensive screening process to include background investigation, fingerprint check, physical and polygraph examination.
  • Considerable knowledge of equipment, materials and techniques used in lifting and preserving latent fingerprints and palmprints.
  • Knowledge of the rules of evidence as applied to fingerprints and other related sciences.
  • Knowledge of various chemical and equipment used in developing latent fingerprints.
  • Knowledge of safety procedures in the areas of chemical processing.
  • Knowledge of computer technology as related to fingerprint identification and personal computers.
  • Ability to conduct inspections and accurately compare latent fingerprint evidence.
  • Ability to effectively present court testimony; prepare charts and other presentation data for judicial purposes.
  • Ability to generate reports as related to fingerprint science.

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Posted: May 6, 2019

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