Employment Opportunity

Latent Print Examiner

Tacoma Police Department, Tacoma, Washington

Salary: $71,281.60 - $86,569.60 Annually

Final Filing Date: September 3, 2019

The Tacoma Police Department is seeking experienced Latent Print Examiners to perform advanced technical work.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Develop, preserve, and transport recorded fingerprints, latent prints and evidence collected at crime scenes;
  • Prepare testimony and testify in courts of law;
  • Process evidence for latent prints using sophisticated chemical, physical, optical and computerized scientific analysis techniques;
  • Provide formal and informal training to law enforcement officers, staff and outside agencies in the collection and preservation of evidence.
  • Additional requirements of the position include lifting objects weighing up to 50 pounds, walking, standing, sitting, pushing, pulling, balancing, climbing, kneeling, bending, stooping and dragging.
  • Work includes indoor, outdoor, lab environment and crime scenes;
  • Subject to being called out on weekends, evenings and holidays.


To be considered for this position you must possess a:
  • Bachelor of Science degree with a major in forensic science, criminalistics, physical, or natural science and a minimum of two years' experience in latent print examinations and processing of evidence
  • or
  • Associates degree and a minimum of four years' experience in latent print examinations and processing of evidence.
Licenses, Certificates and Other Requirements:
  • Valid driver's license at time of application with maintenance thereafter.
  • Valid certification by the International Association for Identification (IAI) as a Latent Print Examiner (please attach to application).

Knowledge & Skills

Knowledge of:
  • Recovering, preserving, transporting and developing latent prints and evidence from crime scenes
  • Current chain of custody principles and practices
  • Current latent print process using sophisticated chemical, physical, optical and computerized scientific analysis techniques
  • Automated and manual identification methodology including advanced fingerprint identification and proper techniques used in the collection and comparison of latent prints
  • The NEC Automated Fingerprint Identification System
  • Current case law and issues related to fingerprint science (Daubert)
Skilled in:
  • Maintaining professional demeanor at all times, including giving clear, credible and persuasive expert testimony during judicial proceedings in the latent print discipline
  • Effectively handling multiple competing priorities and sensitive situations; working under deadlines and mandated time constraints
  • Gathering, analyzing and synthesizing data; skill in effective report writing
  • Accurately evaluating and comparing latent prints (advanced skill required)

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How to apply: Apply online

Posted: August 7, 2019

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