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Forensic Latent Examiner II

San Francisco Police Department, San Francisco, California

Salary: $87,412.00 - $106,236.00 per year

Final Filing Date: Continuous

Under general supervision, performs difficult and complex fingerprint examination and classification of prints and impressions. The Forensic Latent Examiner II determines the general types of tests and examinations to be performed on physical evidence assigned to the Identification Unit. Collects evidence using established procedures, and independently develops, evaluates, compares and identifies latent prints. Operates all related latent print equipment and Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) systems of the San Francisco Police Department. All functions are performed in accordance to laws of evidence, criminal procedure, and court procedure and adherence to unit’s code of ethics.

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  • Determine the general types of tests and examinations to be performed on physical evidence assigned to unit and conduct tests and examinations using developing powders, inks, chemicals, casting materials, photographic equipment or other special equipment.
  • Collect and transport multiple forms of evidence to and from various locations for forensic evaluation and chain of custody documentation and process evidence according to department procedure.
  • Identify, compare and evaluate latent, visible, plastic, and partial finger, palm, foot, or similar type prints or impressions through various mediums or other special equipment for difficult and complex cases in the department.
  • Encode and input data into SFPD ABIS, CAL-ID AFIS and FBI ULW / NGI fingerprint systems; use system results and printouts to develop probable suspects list and classify fingerprints for facility of retrieval by the different systems users.
  • Prepare clear and concise case notes and technical reports for department documentation of observations, procedures/techniques and evaluations; maintain regular, modus operandi fingerprint files and various records for department use.
  • Verify fingerprint identifications made by other latent examiners; provide guidance, training and technical assistance to less experienced personnel; comply with on-going state and federal mandated training of new and experienced personnel; and adhere to industry standards in periodic assessments and validating fingerprint processing.
  • Oversee the preparation of evidence and exhibits for presentation in court or formal hearings on latent fingerprint examinations, identification and related local criminal history and testify as an expert witness.
  • Act as a lead on special projects.


  • Completion of 30 semester credits with a minimum grade of "C" or equivalent from an accredited College or University which must include at least: a course in Math; a course in English or Composition; a course in Chemistry (with laboratory sections) and a course in any Science (with laboratory sections).
  • Three (3) years of verifiable full-time experience as a latent fingerprint examiner or equivalent classifying and comparing latent prints including visible, plastic and partial finger and palm prints and 10 prints; operating latent print and automated 10-prints AFIS systems; and developing latent prints using a variety of chemical processes and testifying in court as an expert fingerprint witness. Experience must be equivalent to the City and County of San Francisco 8252 Forensic Latent Examiner I classification.
License and Certification:
  • Possession of a valid California Driver’s License
  • Current certification or ability to obtain certification within two (2) years with the International Association of Identification for Certified Crime Scene Investigator (CCSI)
  • Current certification or ability to obtain certification within two (2) years with the International Association of Identification for Latent Print Examination and Comparison
  • Additional qualifying experience classifying and comparing latent fingerprints as described above may substitute for the required education. One year (2000 hours) of additional qualifying experience is considered equivalent to the 15 semester units of college coursework in Math, English/Composition and Science.

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Posted: February 14, 2020

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