Employment Opportunity

Latent Print Examiner/Trainee

Pima County Sheriff's Department, Tucson, Arizona

Salary: $48,464.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

Latent Print Examiners collect, preserve, examine and compare latent print evidence with known inked prints to establish positive identification of persons. Incumbents perform computer-assisted inked print to inked print and latent print to inked print comparisons, identifications and verifications and enter related demographic data into the Arizona Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AZAFIS).

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Performs computer-assisted and manual latent print to inked print and inked print to inked print comparisons, identifications and verifications; Enters latent print images and demographics from latent lift cards into computer remote workstation;
  • Performs computer-assisted latent print enhancement using digital cameras, scanners and specialized software;
  • Conducts laboratory examinations of physical evidence including weapons, explosive devices and human remains for fingerprints, palm prints, footprints, and glove and cloth impressions using powders, fumes, chemicals and laboratory equipment;
  • Photographs, preserves and secures latent print evidence;
  • Coordinates latent print evidence with other law enforcement agencies;
  • Prepares detailed fingerprint comparison displays;
  • Provides expert testimony in court and at pre-trial conferences regarding the positive identification of persons through latent print examinations and the science of fingerprint examinations;
  • Instructs law enforcement personnel in advanced techniques for developing and identifying latent prints;
  • Writes reports on scientific analyses of evidence for latent prints and other print comparisons;
  • Maintains confidential files of known suspects' fingerprints, latent prints and evidence received and processed;
  • Researches, tests, creates and refines methods for developing, processing, preserving and identifying latent prints;
  • Rolls, files and searches for inked fingerprints;
  • Participates and instructs others in procedures for processing physical evidence at crime scenes;
  • Makes post mortem identification through fingerprint analysis;
  • Provides technical supervision at the crime scene;
  • May be temporarily assigned lead responsibilities, to include AFIS Site Manager duties;
  • Create and maintain latent print Standard Operating Procedures.


Knowledge of:
  • the science of fingerprint classification and identification of persons through inked and latent print comparisons;
  • the rules of evidence;
  • hazards and safety precautions related to the chemicals and equipment used in processing evidence.
Skill in:
  • developing latent prints through the use of chemicals, powders, light and laser processes;
  • operating and maintaining fingerprint and evidence processing equipment;
  • analyzing prints to establish the positive identity of individuals;
  • communicating effectively orally and in writing;
  • computer data entry and retrieval;
  • testifying in court;
  • writing reports and preparing displays indicating factors considered in print examinations;
  • operating photographic equipment;
  • presenting information regarding print examinations to groups and individuals.


  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and completion of eighty (80) hours of formal training in latent print matters plus one-year experience in latent print-related matters.
  • (Additional relevant experience may substitute for the aforementioned education.)
  • OR
  • Current certification as a Latent Print Examiner by the International Association for Identification.

Do you have the Education Required? See available on-line and campus-based degree programs now!

How to apply: Apply online

Posted: October 15, 2020

Search for Jobs

NOTE: The crime-scene-investigator.net is not responsible for typographical errors or omissions in employment notices on this web site. Often, employers change final filing dates, change duties and/or requirements, or close employment openings without notice. If you are interested in a job posted on this site be sure to contact the employer to see if changes in the filing date or job announcement have been made. Employers can also provide more information about open positions that does not appear in the announcements on these pages.