Employment Opportunity

Forensic Latent Print Examiner I/II

Prince George's County Police Department, Landover, Maryland

Salary: $50,598.00 - $112,768.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: February 19, 2020

This is an entry level to full performance technical position in the field of forensic science using appropriate protocols to analyze friction ridge evidence. The incumbent is responsible for applying the most current scientific methodology for friction ridge examination and utilizing field specific tools to assist with the process for analysis, comparison, evaluation and verification of all impressions. This position is performed under the supervision of a higher level Latent Print Examiner and work is evaluated based on the ability to successfully complete all phases of the latent print examination and writing detailed reports to the findings.

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  • Displays knowledge of the protocols, methodologies, practices, equipment and materials for friction ridge analysis;
  • Utilizes applicable scientific methodology to analyze, compare, evaluate, documents, and preserve latent impression evidence related to law enforcement investigations;
  • Performs examination of physical evidence utilizing laboratory equipment;
  • Upholds standard operating procedures, scientific principles and techniques to ensure the validity and integrity of evidence;
  • Performs pattern recognition and identification tasks of known exemplars through the use of fingerprint examination equipment and tools;
  • Conducts file searches for fingerprint cards for duplicates and prepare a written consolidations or not-of-the-same source report when similarities and dissimilarities between individuals are established;
  • Prepares enlargement of latent impressions, finger/palm prints for exhibit presentation; and
  • Testifies as a Subject Matter Expert witness.


Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree in Forensic Science, Criminalistics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics or a related science. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered. EACH APPLICANT MUST INCLUDE INFORMATION, THAT CLEARLY DEMONSTRATES THE ABOVE QUALIFICATIONS FOR THIS POSITION.
  • Knowledge of latent fingerprint evaluation and comparison techniques.
  • Knowledge of palm print evaluation techniques.
  • Knowledge of the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).
  • Ability to evaluate and compare latent fingerprints.
  • Ability to testify as a subject matter expert witness in latent fingerprints in a Court of Law.
  • Ability to write reports containing scientific analysis understandable to lay persons.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Upon selection, the candidate:
  • May be assigned shift work (days/evenings/weekends/holidays).
  • Must pass a thorough background investigation.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.
  • This is an essential position. Essential employees are expected to report during standard or non-standard hours as operations necessitate. Essential employees are expected to report to work or remain at work when other County employees are granted administrative leave.

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Posted: January 9, 2020

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