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Latent Print Examiner

Newport News Police Department, Newport News, Virginia

Final Filing Date: March 3, 2021

Under limited supervision, this position is responsible for recovery, examination and identification of latent prints and human skin friction impressions to be utilized in investigations of crimes, unidentified death investigations, accidents and disasters associated with criminal, civil and internal investigations. This position reports to the Police Sergeant in the Forensics Unit.

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  • Responsible for the recovery of latent prints and human skin friction impressions; examines fingerprints and skin impressions collected from crime scenes and provides analysis; determines quality of content and comparability factors. Examines impression evidence for class and individual characteristics.
  • Serves as lead worker for the operation of the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS); scans prints and runs computer searches. Assists in training department personnel on the AFIS operations.
  • Obtains fingerprint cards for potential matches; and verifies matches through magnifying glass examinations.
  • Testifies in court as an expert witness on latent fingerprint identification in Police investigations related to unidentified deaths, accidents and disasters.
  • Maintains custody and security of a large volume of fingerprint cards and recovered latent prints; files fingerprint cards and other records of suspects.
  • Represents the Police Department in providing public presentations regarding the use of AFIS and the role of fingerprint classification in police investigations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Forensic Science – Comprehensive knowledge of fingerprint and palm print development, classification and identification and the Virginia Automated Fingerprint Identification System computer.
  • Records Retention and Reporting – Knowledge of applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations related to fingerprint examination, maintaining confidential records, proper retention and disposal of fingerprint records, and reporting of related information.
  • Technology – Knowledge of general office equipment and personal computers to include word processing, spreadsheets, and related software. Knowledge of mobile devices and mobile device applications.
  • Computer Skills – Utilizes a personal computer with word processing, spreadsheet, and related software to effectively complete a variety of administrative tasks with reasonable speed and accuracy.
  • Interpersonal Relationships – Develops and maintains cooperative and professional relationships with employees, managers, and representatives from other departments and organizations. Shares knowledge with staff for mutual and departmental benefit.
  • Time Management - Ability to plan and organize daily work routine. Establishes priorities for the completion of work in accordance with sound time-management methodology.
  • Fingerprint Examination – Ability to differentiate and classify fingerprint patterns and operate AFIS computerized system.
  • Communication – Ability to communicate ideas effectively, including the preparation of reports and court testimony. Ability to listen and understand directions, information and ideas presented verbally and in writing. Ability to handle a variety of issues with tact and diplomacy in a confidential manner. Ability to deal with victims, victims’ families, witnesses, etc. in a respectful, sensitive and professional manner.
  • Judgement/Decision Making – Ability to use logic and reasoning to understand, analyze, and evaluate situations and exercise good judgment to make appropriate decisions.
  • Bachelor’s degree in forensic or a physical or natural science and two years of work experience as a fingerprint technician or an equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Must possess latent print certification and ten-print fingerprint certification (certification by the International Association for Identification is preferred).
  • Requires a comprehensive background investigation to include a local, state and federal criminal history check; sex offender registry and credit check.
  • Requires satisfactory results from a medical and pre-employment substance abuse testing and is subject to random alcohol and controlled substance testing.
  • A valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record.
  • Requires the ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work.
  • Some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of light weight (5-10 pounds).
  • Tasks may involve extended periods of time at keyboard or work station.
  • Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, sounds, odor, depth, texture, and visual cues or signals.
  • Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally.
  • Performance of essential functions may require exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, weather, fumes, smoke, temperature and noise extremes, hazardous materials, fire, traffic hazards, toxic agents, explosives, firearms, violence, disease or rude/irate persons.

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