Employment Opportunity

Identification Technician

Visalia Police Department, Visalia, California

Salary: $63,211.32 - $79,466.88 Annually

Final Filing Date: June 14, 2021

The Crime Lab supports Patrol and the Investigations Divisions with crime scene and evidence analysis. The Identification Technician responds to major crime scenes or incidents where specialized services and equipment are needed. These services include crime scene and evidence photography, crime scene diagraming, impressions evidence analysis (footwear, tire tread, and tool marks), serial number restorations, and collection of surveillance video. The Identification Technician is also responsible for conducting friction ridge print analysis and cell phone forensic examinations using modern techniques and equipment. Additionally, the Identification Technician provides expert witness testimony relative to their investigations and the various forensic disciplines performed.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Processes crime scenes for physical evidence, including collection and peservation of evidence.
  • Assumes responsibility for integrity of the crime scene in absence of a supervisor; including crowd control, perimeter maintenance and coordination of resources.
  • Maintains fingerprint record system and supplies.
  • Manual comparison of latent print impressions with known finger and palm prints.
  • Evaluates latent print impressions collected as evidence.
  • Provides technical photography of crime scenes and autopsies.
  • Assists Investigators in preparing photographic line-ups.
  • Provides training in evidence processing for police personnel.
  • Processes property for physical and latent evidence.
  • Provides expert witness testimony in court related to evidence analysis and friction ridge comparisons.
  • Directs, trains, and supervises the work of assigned personnel.
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • The Visalia Police Department is looking for a professional candidate who must possess a high level of professionalism, attention to detail, and effective communication skills. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated and have excellent time management. They must possess the ability to compose and write clear, concise, and accurate reports, and interpret laws, ordinances, policies, and procedures.
  • The candidate must have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers and the public. Techniques for obtaining known finger and palm print impressions, latent friction ridge print development, and friction ridge print comparisons is highly desirable.
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: - Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge, skill and ability is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skill and abilities would be:
  • Two (2) years experience with a law enforcement related agency including one (1) year of evidence or crime scene processing.
  • Possession of a valid California Driver's License by time of appointment.

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Posted: May 28, 2021

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