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Latent Print Examiner

Ocala Police Department, Ocala, Florida

Salary: $38,100.00 - $68,700.00 Annually

Responsible for the comparison of latent and prints to the known prints of suspects and witnesses. Reports to the Technical Services Section Supervisor.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • COMPARE PRINTS: Evaluate, search, compare and identify latent finger, palm and foot impressions with known and unknown suspects. This examiner will maintain his/her comparison proficiency suitable to represent the interests of the department and public in all legal or judicial proceedings and will meet the standards of the fingerprint profession. Demonstrate such capability in periodic proficiency tests. Failure to meet and maintain such proficiency may result in transfer, demotion, or termination from the department. Maintains proper and legal care, custody and control of all evidence. Must be able to climb ladders. Manual dexterity to perform precise delicate work such as process evidence and fingerprint dead bodies. Must process the fortitude to handle extremely unpleasant items or situations such as decomposing bodies and bloody evidence. Must be able to visually and audibly detect hazards at crime scenes for personal safety.
  • A.F.I.S. OPERATION: Enters and supervises the entry of latent prints into the Automated Fingerprint Identification System. Utilizes A.F.I.S. to perform queries and cold searches for suspects and witnesses in criminal cases. Supervises and instructs in the use of A.F.I.S.
  • REPORTS: Writes reports documenting the chain of custody of evidence and actions taken. Writes reports documenting the identification of an individual or the lack of sufficient characteristics for an identification. Writes supplemental reports. Maintains various evidence logs and check lists.
  • LEGAL DUTIES: Responds to subpoenas for trials, hearings and depositions to give testimony. Attends meeting with prosecutors to prepare for trials. Must be able to effectively present expert witness testimony in court.
  • CUSTOMER SERVICE: High volume of customer service is performed. Assists officers, other criminal justice personnel and citizens with inquiries over the telephone. Must be tactful and courteous when dealing with sensitive and confidential information. Communicates clearly, courteously and professionally to assist others.
  • NONESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Assist Evidence Technicians. Verifies identifications made by other experts. Assist in the training of personnel. Process evidence for latent prints. Compare latent foot prints. Photograph developed latent prints. Assist in crime scenes processing. Train other evidence technicians.
  • Perform any other related duties as required or assigned.


  • High School diploma or G.E.D. Four (4) year college Bachelor's degree preferred.
  • At least three years experience in the examination and comparison of finger and palm prints with a U.S. city, county, state or federal law enforcement agency.
  • Background in the development of latent prints and use of A.F.I.S. is preferred.
  • Must possess and maintain a Florida operator's driver's license with an acceptable driving record
Supplemental Information:
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Must be able to work through numerous and diverse interruptions and maintain work quality.
  • Ability to perform accurate and precise work and properly document same.
  • Must be able to maintain sensitive and confidential information.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and politely.
  • Must have the ability to think and work quickly and to meet deadlines while working under pressure.

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Posted: April 27, 2021

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