Employment Opportunity

Latent Fingerprint Examiner

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, St. Louis, Missouri

Salary: $41,730.00 - $65,234.00 per year

Incumbents in this position prepare and identify latent fingerprint evidence of subjects. Duties include processing evidence for possible latent fingerprints; testifying in court and maintaining latent fingerprint files.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Classifies and compares latent fingerprint evidence to identify and eliminate suspects of crimes.
  • Contacts appropriate authorities once identification is made and prepares lab reports on identifications.
  • Evaluates latent fingerprint evidence for possible value.
  • Processes evidence for possible latent fingerprints using powders or chemicals, and then photographs evidence.
  • Maintains and protects criminal evidence in personal custody.
  • Testifies in court regarding latent fingerprint evidence identifications. Prepares exhibits and charts for court presentations.
  • Maintains latent fingerprint evidence files.
  • Maintains supplies used in processing crime scenes for the Evidence Technician Unit.
  • Uses state and federal Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems.
  • Regularly provides identification services to other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
  • Complies with revisions from time to time after mutual consultation.
  • Lectures and trains on the science of fingerprint technology to the St. Louis Police Academy and other local educational institutions.
  • Classifies searches and compares fingerprints on arrested and potential suspects for identification.
  • Performs name and fingerprint identification checks and notifies the appropriate authorities.
  • Fingerprints unconscious or deceased subjects to establish identity.
  • Fingerprints and photographs subjects in accordance with established procedures (e.g. new employees, juveniles, etc.).
  • Performs the duties of fingerprint technicians when necessary.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications
  • An Associate’s degree in Physical Science or Criminal Justice; plus two years of experience in Latent Fingerprint Technology. OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Certification: Must obtain AFIS Certification by the Missouri Highway Patrol within 24 months of date of hire; become REJIS and MULES certified; and obtain IAI Latent Certification. All certifications must be maintained while employed by the City of St. Louis.
  • License: Must possess and maintain a valid Missouri driver’s license while employed by the City of St. Louis. Must possess a valid driver’s license at the time of filing application and be able to present license upon request. Please note type of license, number, class and expiration date on the Employment Application.
  • The pre-employment medical exam will include a drug screen and “DNA buccal swab.”

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Posted: May 7, 2021

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