Employment Opportunity

Latent Fingerprint Examiner III

Santa Clara Sheriff's Department, San Jose, California

Salary: $94,858.40 - $114,770.24 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

Under general direction, performs technical level work of unusual difficulty as a Certified Latent Print Examiner in fingerprint examination for criminal identification and evidence classification.

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  • Provides technical guidance lower level staff in fingerprint examination, classification and identification duties and evaluates and reviews assignments and unit casework;
  • Collects, develops, evaluates, compares and identifies latent fingerprints or other impression evidence found at major crime scenes or submitted to the laboratory, including whole, partial, fragmentary or distorted latent finger and palm prints;
  • Operates and trains others on use of computers and computer-related equipment associated with automated fingerprint identification systems;
  • Prepares field and laboratory notes and analytical reports;
  • Prepares courtroom displays and photographic exhibits;
  • Provides expert testimony and methodology and identification in all aspects of latent print processing in court and formal hearings;
  • Uses fingerprint comparators, magnifiers, ridge counters and other technical and scientific equipment for observing and comparing latent prints;
  • Maintains communications with Federal, State and local law enforcement agencies and identification units;
  • Searches for evidence at crime scenes that may be hazardous;
  • Provides input to procedures for training lower level Latent Fingerprint Examiners in a variety of fingerprint identification and classification procedures;
  • Responsible for quality control of application of standard operating procedures for cases completed;
  • May be assigned as a Disaster Service Worker, as required;
  • Performs related work as required.


  • Possession of and the ability to maintain current Latent Print Examiner Certification from the International Association for Identification (IAI) upon appointment.
  • AND
  • Four (4) years of experience developing latent prints and analyzing fingerprints for identification in a public jurisdiction or law enforcement agency, two (2) of which include experience as a Latent Fingerprint Examiner II with Santa Clara County or equivalent.
Special Requirements:
  • Possession of a valid California Driver's License upon appointment and the ability to qualify for and maintain a County Driver's permit.
  • Ability to work varying shifts (i.e. Day, Swing, and Graveyard), including weekends and holidays.
Knowledge of:
  • Methods and procedures for manual and automated latent print analysis, such as matching, processing, and comparison and identification techniques, including chemical, laser and physical processes;
  • Fingerprint classification systems, theories, principles and scientific basis for fingerprint identification;
  • Automated and manual classification and searching identification systems;
  • Laws of evidence, criminal procedures and courtroom procedures;
  • Safe work practices in a laboratory setting and at crime scenes, including related safety equipment;
  • Computer equipment and software associated with automated fingerprint identification systems, as well as word processing and other related computer applications.
Ability to:
  • Provide technical guidance to others in latent print comparison and identification and fingerprint classification;
  • Evaluate and review the work performance and monitor and maintain work flow;
  • Prepare latent print evidence for presentation in court;
  • Recognize and distinguish patterns that are necessary for latent print comparison processes;
  • Prepare and maintain all necessary laboratory records and technical reports;
  • Understand and operate automated fingerprint identification systems;
  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with representatives of law enforcement agencies and those contacted in the course of work.

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Posted: June 29, 2019

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