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Latent Print Examiner

Atlanta Police Department, Atlanta, Georgia

Salary: Not stated

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

Under the general direction of the Crime Laboratory Director, performs technical work in the development, preservation, and presentation of evidence relating to criminal activities and retrieved from crime scenes. Work is reviewed through observation of quality and quantity of results obtained, detailed oral and written reports, discussions, and inspections. Works closely with other police and crime scene staff to identify evidence retrieved from crime scenes. An employee in this classification may be required to work in shifts. Performs other work as requested.

Work is performed with limited supervision and requires that the duties be accomplished with a degree of independence and at a level of responsibility where the employee must exercise considerable good judgment and individual initiative in the performance of assigned duties. The technician works with other police personnel under minimal supervision. May assist in training, orienting lower level employees in the group.

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Essential Duties & Responsibilities - These are typical responsibilities for this position and should not be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. May perform other duties as assigned.
  • Receives and records fingerprint evidence from crime scenes
  • Compares and searches latent prints on AFIS computer system for classification, comparison, and identification
  • Implements section specific policies and procedures, maintains files, and chain of custody for evidence
  • Enters prints into the data base for use by Atlanta and other agencies
  • Documents findings and issues reports for use in prosecuting criminal cases
  • The examiner testifies as an expert witness on evidence collected and test results upon examination
  • Enters data on all evidence, tests and resulting findings into the police department's computerized laboratory management database
  • Prepares daily and weekly reports on activities.
  • Trains and assists new employees in the development of knowledge and expertise in conducting the activities of the forensics unit.


Minimum Qualifications – Education and Experience
  • Associates degree in criminal justice or science-related field and three years' experience working with crime scenes and conducting tests on fingerprint evidence gathered.
Preferred Education & Experience
  • Bachelor's degree in a natural, physical, or forensic science from an accredited college or university with the successful completion of at least 40 semesters (or 60 quarter hours) of coursework in natural sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, etc.)
Licensures and Certifications
  • None required
Essential Capabilities and Work Environment
  • Required physical, lifting, and sensory capabilities are requirements to perform the job successfully. Typical environmental conditions associated with the position.

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Posted: February 9, 2021

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