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Forensic Scientist III (Latent Prints)

Scottsdale Police Department, Scottsdale, Arizona

Salary: $70,304.00 - $102,252.80 Annually

Final Filing Date: March 7, 2020

The duties for the Forensic Scientist III position in the Latent Print Unit will include analysis, comparison, and evaluation of complex latent print evidence and the examination, development, and preservation of latent prints on submitted evidence. Duties will also include writing detailed reports and testifying to the methods used and the conclusions reached and conducting the evaluation and quality review of analytical results and reports. May also assist in the training of latent print examiners and on rare occasions provide technical assistance and expertise at major crime scenes.

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  • May serve as the discipline technical leader. Technical leader duties include development and maintenance of discipline procedure and training manuals, oversight of training of new personnel, quality assurance, validation and development of new procedures and technical troubleshooting. The technical leader must regularly review their assigned laboratory discipline specific work product and must be available for consultation. The technical leader will propose new or modified methods and document their approval of all validation and current methods utilized by their assigned discipline. The technical leader is responsible for the technical problem solving and oversees training and quality assurance for the discipline. With consultation from the section manager, quality assurance manager / laboratory director, the technical leader has the authority to suspend and resume analytical operations for that discipline and recommend suspension of work for an individual working within that discipline. The technical
  • leader will be involved in implementing corrective actions to ensure findings resulting from an audit have been appropriately resolved.
  • Examines, identifies, interprets and evaluates suspected evidence.
  • Enters and searches for information on the computerized individual characteristic database systems.
  • Compares analytical findings with known standards.
  • Provides expert testimony in court.
  • Comprehends and follows detailed, highly technical, oral and written instructions to prepare clear, concise, comprehensive reports and records. Prepares and presents detailed reports.


Education and Experience
  • A Bachelor's Degree in a physical or natural science from an accredited educational institution, with a minimum of 20 semester hours of chemistry related coursework. (A copy of your transcript(s) is required with your application.)
  • Must have eight years of experience as a forensics examiner in a crime laboratory.
  • Must have a working expertise in one forensic discipline.
  • An equivalent combination of education and job related experience may substitute for the educational requirements on a year-for-year basis.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Knowledge and experience in both the latent print comparative and latent print development/photography disciplines.
  • Knowledge and experience with an Automated Fingerprint Identification System.
  • Currently an International Association for Identification Certified Latent Print Examiner.
Licensing, Certifications and Other Requirements
  • Must possess and maintain a valid, unrestricted Arizona driver's license with no major citations within the past 39 months prior to the start date.
Work Environment/Physical Demands - The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position or that an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Work with chemicals and other hazardous materials using specialized non-routine, protective equipment to perform laboratory analyses.
  • May be exposed to fumes or dust, bodily fluids, toxic or caustic chemicals or materials that transmit infectious disease (e.g., AIDS, Hepatitis B) are corrosive, carcinogenic or explosive.
  • Safely work with various chemicals and powders.
  • Visually distinguishes the full range of the color.
  • Work is performed in a normal City office environment, laboratory, and in the field.
  • Lift and move materials weighing up to 30 pounds.
  • Visual and muscular dexterity to operate equipment, computer and two-way radio and use common hand tools such as a screwdriver and various instrument maintenance tools to maintain, set up, and clean the laboratory instruments.
  • Visual and muscular dexterity to operate office and laboratory equipment, microscope, computer and two-way radio and use common hand tools such as a screwdriver and various instrument maintenance tools to maintain, set up, and clean the laboratory instruments.

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Posted: February 10, 2020

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