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Latent Fingerprint Examiner I/II

San Jose Police Department, San Jose, California

Salary: $60,569.60 - $83,595.20 per year

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

The San Jose Police Department (SJPD) is recruiting a Latent Fingerprint Examiner I/II. Under general direction, performs technical level work of unusual difficulty in fingerprint examination for criminal identification and evidence classification.

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Duties:

Typical duties as a Latent Fingerprint Examiner I/II may include, but not limited to:
  • Collects, develops, evaluates, compares, and identifies latent fingerprints or other impression evidence found at major crime scenes or submitted to the unit, including whole, partial fragmentary, or distorted latent finger and palm prints.
  • Operates computers and computer-related equipment associated with automated fingerprint identification systems.
  • Provides expert testimony, methodology, and identification in all aspects of latent print processing in court and formal hearings.
  • Uses fingerprint comparators, magnifiers, ridge counters and other technical and scientific equipment for observing and comparing latent prints.
  • Maintains communications with Federal, State and local law enforcement agencies and identification units.

Requirements:

Latent Fingerprint Examiner I Education and Experience Requirements:
  • Education: Successful completion of high school or General Education Development (GED) Certificate and
  • AND
  • Experience: Three (3) years experience equivalent to the level of Police Data Specialist or performing as a fingerprint classifier, ten-print examiner, or fingerprint identifier.
  • Accept Substitution: Associate's Degree or higher from an accredited college or university in Administration of Justice or Criminology, and at least three (3) months internship with a law enforcement agency OR Bachelor's Degree or higher in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Mathematics, Forensic Science, or Statistics and no experience.
  • Certification: No certification requirement for the Latent Fingerprint I classification, *however, incumbents in the entry-level I classification are expected to advance with training, experience, and satisfactory performance to Latent Fingerprint Examiner II, the journey level of the class series (which will eventually require certification as a Certified Latent Fingerprint Examiner by the International Association for Identification.
Latent Fingerprint Examiner II Education and Experience Requirements:
  • Education: Successful completion of high school or General Education Development (GED) Certificate AND Satisfies at least ONE of the following options:
    • Successful completion of 160 hours of training/course work on fingerprint or latent print analysis, comparison and evaluation by a recognized law enforcement agency, crime laboratory, P.O.S.T., or recognized professional institute or organization.
    • Successful completion of 80 hours of training/course work on fingerprint or latent print analysis, comparison and evaluation by a recognized law enforcement agency, crime laboratory, P.O.S.T., or recognized professional institute or organization, and an Associate’s Degree or higher in Administration of Justice or Criminology.
    • Successful completion of 40 hours of training/course work on fingerprint or latent print analysis, comparison and evaluation by a recognized law enforcement agency, crime laboratory, P.O.S.T., or recognized professional institute or organization, and a Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, or Forensic Science.
    AND
  • Experience: Satisfies at least ONE of the following options:
    • One (1) year full-time experience as a Latent Print Examiner I performing fingerprint analysis, comparison and evaluation using an Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).
    • 500 hours full-time experience (volunteer or intern experience is acceptable) performing fingerprint analysis, comparison and evaluation in a latent print unit at a law enforcement agency or crime laboratory.
    • Three (3) years of full-time experience as an evidence technician, crime scene technician, or lab technician processing physical evidence for latent prints.
    • Three (3) years of full-time experience as a Latent Print Examiner I performing classification of fingerprints.
    AND
  • Certification: Possession of certification as a Certified Latent Print Examiner by the International Association for Identification is required within 2 years of eligibility.
License -
  • Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License is required and must be maintained during the entire term of employment in the job class; failure to possess or maintain the valid required license shall result in discipline up to and including termination of employment.
Background:
  • Ability to successfully pass a comprehensive background investigation, including a polygraph, is a condition of employment.

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Posted: March 31, 2021


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