Employment Opportunity

Latent Fingerprint Examiner

Colorado Springs Police Department, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Salary: $21.00 - $32.00 Hourly

Final Filing Date: March 15, 2021

CSPD (Colorado Springs Police Department) seeks a Latent Fingerprint Examiner to develop and examine latent friction skins images from a variety of evidence using sophisticated and complex physical, chemical, optical, and instrumental techniques.

This is a year round hourly (at-will) position with benefits limited to those required by applicable state and federal laws, which include Worker's Compensation, Medicare, Unemployment Insurance, and PERA (Public Employees' Retirement Association). The work schedule, which is subject to the needs of the department, will primarily be Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. The number of hours worked per week will range from 20 to 29 and will not exceed 1,500 annually.

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  • Compare latent and inked friction skin impressions to determine identity of subject and prepare appropriate reports
  • Evaluate latent impressions and report findings to relevant parties (i.e., detectives, District Attorney's Office, and outside agencies)
  • Prepare and enter latent prints into the available AFIS/IAFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems) and report findings to appropriate individuals and agencies
  • Receive, review, sign, and distribute forensic examination request forms
  • Testify in administrative and judicial proceedings as an expert witness in the field of friction skin identification and other forensic identification matters
  • Attend training sessions on new methods and techniques in the forensic identification community
  • Review forensic technical journals to stay abreast of developments, upgrade skills, and maintain required certifications
  • Conduct training activities for appropriate law enforcement personnel (i.e., police recruits, Latent Print Examiner trainees, and sworn personnel)
  • Process latent print images for comparison and court presentations
  • Complete data entry in LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) to compile workload
  • Examine and evaluate latent fingerprint/palm print impressions to identify/eliminate subjects
  • Assist with all technical functions or processes within the laboratory as they relate to latent prints
  • Respond to crime scenes as needed to assist in the latent processing of the scenes


We are looking for candidates who demonstrate:
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to effectively use the English language to articulate complex technical data
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure
  • Ability to handle heavy volumes of work while maintaining accuracy
  • Possess good judgment and a high degree of professional credibility
  • Highly attentive to details
Successful candidate will have
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with coursework in criminal justice, biology, forensics, criminalistics, crime scene investigations, or other related fields. Significant related experience will be considered in lieu of a bachelor's degree.
  • Three years of full-time experience as a latent fingerprint examiner
  • Possess and maintain a valid, non-probationary Colorado driver's license not subject to restriction related to alcohol and/or drug violations or pending charges
  • Have completed the Latent Print Examiner training through the CSPD Metro Crime Lab Latent Print Examiner Program or equivalent training
  • Within six months of hire become AFIS/IAFIS Latent Entry authorized, utilizing Morphotrak. Authorization must be maintained for the duration of employment
  • Within two years of hire, certification in the program of Latent Print Certification Board of the International Association for Identification is required. Certification must be maintained for the duration of employment
Additional Information
  • Work is performed primarily indoors under laboratory or office conditions. However, you may be required to participate in scene field investigation activities. Laboratory and field investigation activities may include exposure to dangerous chemicals and harmful or unpleasant fumes/odors. Work may also include exposure to cadavers of varying physical conditions to obtain fingerprint impressions for identification purposes.
  • The background check for this position includes a polygraph examination and fingerprinting.

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Posted: February 17, 2021

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