Employment Opportunity

Forensic Latent Print Examiner III

Prince George's County Police Department, Landover, Maryland

Salary: $61,502.00 - $137,070.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: February 3, 2020

This is highly technical and lead/coordinative work in the field of Forensic Science, using appropriate protocols to analyze friction ridge evidence. The incumbent performs highly specialized forensic examinations of evidence related to latent impressions, by applying the most current scientific methodology for friction ridge examination. The incumbent utilizes field specific tools to assist with the process, and provides guidance, training, and technical assistance to lower level examiners. The incumbent is responsible for planning and carrying out assignments independently, resolving conflicts that arise, training of entry level Examiners, and coordinating work with others. This position is performed under general supervision and work is evaluated based on the ability to successfully complete all phases of latent print examination and writing detailed reports to the findings. Effectively testifies as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in all courts of law.

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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;
  • Prioritizes incoming latent cases and evaluates latent finger, foot, and palm impressions for evidentiary value;
  • Assists at a crime scene to obtain inked fingerprints from known subjects and when requested;
  • Conducts technical and administrative reviews of completed laboratory analysis reports for quality assurance purposes;
  • 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; plus six (6) years of experience post training in latent print examination. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered. EACH APPLICANT MUST INCLUDE INFORMATION, THAT CLEARLY DEMONSTRATES THE ABOVE QUALIFICATIONS FOR THIS POSITION.
  • Ten (10) years of experience as a full performance latent print examiner.
  • Testified as a subject matter expert in latent print examination.
  • Experience training personnel in latent print examination.
  • Experience with ANAB ISO 17025 requirements as they pertain to latent print examination, mandated by the State of Maryland.
  • International Association of Identification (IAI) certification in Latent Print Examination.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Upon selection, the candidate:
  • May be assigned shift work (days/evenings/weekends/holidays).
  • Must pass a background investigation.
  • 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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