Employment Opportunity


Latent Print Examiner II

Oakland Police Department, Oakland, California

Salary: $84,617.88 - $103,894.33 Annually

Final Filing Date: September 27, 2019

The City of Oakland is currently recruiting to fill one Latent Print Examiner II vacancy within the Police Department. The ideal candidate will be an International Association for Identification (IAI) Certified Latent Print Examiner with experience in latent print development and preservation, crime scene response, AFIS database searches, and knowledge of the ISO 17025 Accreditation Standards and Supplemental Requirements.

Under direction in the Oakland Police Department, the Latent Print Examiner II performs the analysis, comparison, evaluation, and verification of known and latent print evidence; processes evidence for the purposes of developing and preserving latent prints; utilizes a variety of photographic/digital and/or other preservation methods; maintains accurate observations regarding examinations and generates comprehensive analytical reports regarding findings; maintains all necessary laboratory records; operates all computers and computer-related equipment associated with automated fingerprint and palm print identification systems; testifies in court; trains and mentors Latent Print Examiner Is and Forensic Technicians; and performs related duties as assigned.

If an insufficient pool of qualified applicants is received from this recruitment process, the City may elect to open a position at the Latent Print Examiner I level for candidates with casework experience.

The eligibility list established from this recruitment may be used to fill other vacancies that occur within the City including full-time and permanent part-time positions, if applicable.

Flexible Staffing: This classification has been designated for flexible staffing. Incumbents in the Latent Print Examiner I classification may be eligible to advance without formal examination to the Latent Print Examiner II classification in accordance with established City flexible staffing policies and procedures.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more

Duties:

  • Analyze known and latent prints for comparison purposes.
  • Operate all computers and computer-related equipment associated with automated fingerprint identification systems.
  • Development of latent prints on objects using a variety of physical, chemical and/or optical methods.
  • Collect latent prints or other impression evidence found at crime scenes or submitted to the laboratory.
  • Maintain accurate observations regarding examinations and generate comprehensive analytical reports regarding findings; maintain all necessary laboratory records.
  • Present fair and impartial court testimony concerning findings, as established by laboratory analyses and interpret findings regarding all aspects of assigned duties.
  • Conduct administrative and technical review of casework from colleagues.
  • Respond to and search for evidence at crime scenes that may contain certain hazards; document all work performed at scenes and issue subsequent reports.
  • Utilize a variety of photographic and/or digital preservation methods.
  • Provide technical training, guidance and advice to less experienced laboratory personnel, other law-enforcement staff or other users of laboratory services.
  • Maintain laboratory equipment, instruments, supplies and work areas.
  • Maintain chain of custody and integrity of evidence under their control.
  • Obtain friction ridge skin impressions from both living and deceased subjects.
  • Handle loaded firearms and/or ammunition safely.
  • Operate a motor vehicle in the performance of assigned duties.
  • May be subject to extended or additional work hours for crime scene duties or other time-sensitive work.

Requirements:

Any combination of education and experience that is equivalent to the following minimum qualifications is acceptable.
  • Education: Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in a related field including some college science courses.
  • Experience: Three years of progressively responsible experience in latent print comparison and identification including at least two years conducting independent latent print comparison and identification casework.
  • Note: Other acceptable combinations of education and experience are:
    • Associate Degree in a related field with some college science courses and six years of experience in latent print comparison and identification, five years of which must have been spent conducting independent latent print comparison and identification casework
    • or
    • High School Diploma or G.E.D. and seven years of experience in latent print comparison and identification and related matters, six years of which must have been spent conducting independent latent print comparison and identification casework.
Licenses and Certifications:
  • Possession of a current Latent Print Examiner Certification from the International Association for Identification (IAI) is required (and must be recertified as necessary).
  • Must maintain a valid California Driver's License throughout the tenure of employment.
Other Requirements:
  • Must be twenty-one (21) years of age or older.
  • Must pass a pattern-recognition examination.
  • Must pass a thorough background investigation.

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of:
  • Fingerprint classification systems and theories, principles and scientific basis for fingerprint comparisons.
  • Latent prints development techniques for field and laboratory settings.
  • Automated fingerprint identification systems.
  • Correct English usage, spelling, punctuation, grammar, note-taking and report-writing.
  • Photography and other preservation methods.
  • Safe work practices in a laboratory setting and at crime scenes.
  • The criminal justice system.
  • Computer systems and software applications.
Ability to:
  • Recognize and distinguish patterns that are relied upon for latent print comparison processes.
  • Accurately compare known and latent prints for comparison purposes.
  • Select and utilize appropriate methods and sequences for developing latent prints.
  • Locate, develop, and preserve latent prints or other impression evidence at crime scenes and in a laboratory setting.
  • Prepare and maintain all necessary laboratory records and technical reports.
  • Prepare and analyze complex reports of a general and technical nature.
  • Provide expert testimony and prepare suitable court exhibits.
  • Maintain and make minor adjustments and repairs to equipment routinely utilized.
  • Attend autopsies for further crime scene processing.
  • Establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Follow oral and written directions.
  • Work effectively in a highly structured, rank-organized environment.
  • Operate a motor vehicle in the performance of duties.

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Posted: September 5, 2019


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