Employment Opportunity

Latent Fingerprint Examiner III

San José Police Department, San José, California

Salary: $93,579.20 - $113,713.60 per year

Final Filing Date: November 25, 2019

The San Jose Police Department (SJPD) is recruiting a Latent Fingerprint Examiner III. 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.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Collects, develops, evaluates, compares and identifies latent fingerprints or other impression evidence found at major crime scenes or submitted to the unit, including whole, partial fragmentary or distorted latent finger and palm prints.
  • Operates computers and computer-related equipment associated with automated fingerprint identification systems.
  • Provides expert testimony, 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.


Education and Experience
  • Successful completion of high school or General Education Development (GED) Certificate and four (4) years experience as a Latent Print Examiner II;
  • OR
  • Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's Degree or high from an accredited college or university in Administration of Justice or Criminology and three (3) years experience as a Latent Print Examiner II;
  • OR
  • Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree or higher in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Mathematics, Forensic Science, or Statistics and two (2) years experience as a Latent Print Examiner II.
Licensing and Certification
  • Possession of current certification as a Certified Latent Print Examiner by the International Association for Identification is required.
  • Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License is required and must be maintained during the entire term of employment in the job class; failure to possess or maintain the valid required license shall result in discipline up to and including termination of employment.
  • Must meet all background, psychological and polygraph requirements.
Employment Eligibility
  • Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country.
  • Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent, or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.
Competencies - The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history. Desirable competencies for this position include:
  • Job Expertise - demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, Citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and regulations. Knowledge and experience in quantitative and qualitative data; performing complex statistical and analytical research.
  • Analytical Thinking – approaching a problem or situation by using a logical, systematic, sequential approach.
  • Customer Service – demonstrates the ability to anticipate customers' needs and deliver services effectively and efficiently in a timely, accurate, respectful and friendly manner.
  • Collaboration – develops networks and builds alliances; engages in cross-functional activities.
  • Initiative – exhibits resourceful behaviors toward meeting job objectives; anticipates problems, is proactive, and avoids difficulties by planning ahead; displays willingness to assume extra responsibility and challenges; pursues continuing education opportunities that promotes job performance.
  • Problem Solving – approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; determines the significance of problem(s); collects information; uses logic and intuition to arrive at decisions or solutions to problems that achieve the desired outcome.
  • Communication Skills - effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people's ideas and thoughts.
  • Multi-Tasking - can handle multiple projects and responsibilities simultaneously; has handled a wide variety of assignments in past and/or current position(s).
  • Computer Skills - experienced with common business computer applications including but not limited to: MS Outlook, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Access, and MS Excel.
  • Teamwork & Interpersonal Skills - develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.

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Posted: October 31, 2019

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