Employment Opportunity

Latent Fingerprint Examiner

Santa Monica Police Department, Santa Monica, California

Salary: $32.00 Hourly

Final Filing Date: November 15, 2019

Part-Time Temporary position.

Performs latent fingerprint submission and recovery of computer imaging tasks relating to criminal investigation and the prosecution of criminal cases.

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  • Facilitates the submission and analysis of latent fingerprints into the Department of Justice Automated Fingerprint Identification System (DOJ/AFIS) and the Los Angeles County Fingerprint Identification Systems. Compiles statistical information in regards to latent print recovery, evaluation, and submission into Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS).
  • Produces and stores digital photography using digital archiving software. Produces AFIS charts and fingerprint enlargements.
  • Testifies in court as an expert witness in the areas of AFIS submission, latent fingerprint documentation, collection, and preservation of crime scene and/or the results of forensic examination findings.
  • Processes and compares fingerprints found at crime scenes and coordinates with representatives of other law enforcement agencies in the identification of suspects through comparison of fingerprints and in the use of Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS) and the CAL-ID AFIS system and Next Generation Identification (NGI).
  • Performs crime scene sketching and diagramming with the assistance of computer aided software.
  • Performs laboratory analysis of physical evidence collected at crime scenes and performs subsequent chemical processing for the detection of latent fingerprints, including laser applications such as the use of alternate light sources (ALS).
  • Performs presumptive chemical analysis on various types of substances including blood, semen and saliva.
  • Produces and stores digital photography using digital image archiving software, video storage. Produces crime scene charts and enlargements.
  • Prepares court exhibits to depict AFIS images and latent fingerprint comparison charts.
  • Prepares detailed reports of AFIS submission performed.
  • Performs other related duties, as assigned.


Knowledge of:
  • Fingerprint classification systems.
  • Principles and practices of lifting and preserving latent fingerprints.
  • Principles and practices of collecting and preserving crime scene evidence.
  • Procedures, practices, and laws regarding the collection, preservation, and integrity of evidence.
  • Photographic darkroom technique.
  • Crime scene procedures.
  • Computer graphics/digital imaging as it relates to forensic application and processes.
  • Photography and video techniques.
  • AFIS computer operations.
  • IAFIS System.
Ability to:
  • Perform complex latent fingerprint recovery and classification work.
  • Accurately adjust color digital images for output to storage media and printers.
  • Take photographs with digital cameras.
  • Testify effectively in court.
  • Obtain and maintain expert fingerprint certification.
  • Respond to crime scenes and search for, collect and preserve physical evidence.
  • Prepare physical evidence for court.
  • Learn and use law enforcement telecommunications databases and other applications in an appropriate manner including standards of confidentiality.
  • Provide effective customer service.
  • Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with City employees and the public.
Skill in:
  • Crime scene evidence processing and analysis.
  • Friction Ridge Analysis.
  • Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems.
  • Using a personal computer and applicable software applications.
Education, Training and Experience:
  • Graduation from high school or equivalent.
  • Two years of paid work experience as a Forensic Specialist, Identification Specialist or Contract Latent Fingerprint Examiner.
  • Previous recent law enforcement experience is required.
Licenses and Certificates:
  • Possession of a valid Class C driver license or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.
  • Certification from the International Association for Identification as a Latent Fingerprint Examiner is highly desirable.

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Posted: November 4, 2019

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