Employment Opportunity

Forensic Latent Print Analyst I

Marion County Sheriff's Office, Ocala, Florida

Salary: $21.84 per hour

Final Filing Date: Continuous

This is a highly specialized and technical examination position which involves the scientific analysis, comparison, evaluation, and verification of friction ridge skin impressions, or latent print examination.

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DUTIES: 75% PRINT ANALYSIS OF EVIDENCE – Forensic Latent Print Analyst
  • The primary duties and responsibilities of a Marion County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Latent Print Analyst (75% of the time) will involve the collection, examination, preservation, documentation, preparation and/or analysis of latent print evidence containing tissue and/or bodily fluids and physical evidence having potential biological, chemical or radiological hazard contamination or the use of chemicals, processes or materials that may have carcinogenic or health damaging properties in the handling or analysis of evidence.
  • Handles and conducts independent microscopic analysis on evidence involved in criminal investigations containing suspected biological stains, chemical enhancements and evidence contaminated with blood, decomposition fluid, chemical drug laboratories and potentially radiological contamination.
  • Analyzes, compares, evaluates, and verifies impressions of friction ridge skin submitted by members of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and various criminal justice agencies. These impressions are primarily recovered through the use of black fingerprint powder, lifting tape and lift backing cards. (Exposure to the black fingerprint powder used in the recovery of the latent prints can pose a potential health damaging risk to the Latent Print Analyst.)
  • Examines diverse items of physical evidence, which have been processed through mechanical and chemical means for the detection of latent prints. (These chemicals and the item of evidence itself can pose a biological or health damaging risk to the Latent Print Analyst.)
  • Examines diverse items of physical evidence that have been submitted to the Biological Screening Section of the Forensic Laboratory Division for the presence of suspect blood impressions. (These examinations may pose a potential biological or health damaging risk to the Latent Print Analyst.)
  • Performs examination of deceased hands, fingers, or pieces of skin for the purpose of establishing positive identification of deceased persons. These prints may also be used for comparison purposes with latent prints from crime scenes. (The examination, documentation, preservation and analysis of this human tissue may pose a potential biological or health damaging risk to the Latent Print Analyst.)
  • Attends crime scenes and autopsies if such assistance is required.
  • Print injured living patients and/or inmates at a crime scene, correctional facility, or in a hospital emergency room.
  • Prepare written reports on all evaluations and examinations completed stating results of findings.
Duties - 7% SECTION TECHNICAL SUPPORT – Forensic Latent Print Analyst
  • Provides technical and administrative support as needed for analysis of evidence involved criminal investigations while complying with laboratory analytical and evidence handling practices as required by the Forensic Science Quality Manual (FSQM), Evidence Division’s Internal Procedure Manual, the Agency Operational Directives, and the Latent Unit Procedural Manual. This may include, but is not limited to the following:
  • Assists Forensic Crime Scene Technicians with the processing and enhancement of latent prints in blood, or prints in decomposition fluid or unknown chemicals.
  • Assists other Forensic Latent Print Analyst in verifying identifications or nonidentification.
  • Participates in laboratory quality assurance programs and technical audits as assigned.
  • Participates in proficiency testing programs as applicable.
  • Maintains inventory of supplies. Promptly submit supply requests to ensure no delays occur due to supply shortage.
  • Assists in the preparation of documentation for discovery orders.
  • Researches scientific literature. Copy such reports for dissemination and scientific articles for analyst review. All research and copying reports will be completed within requested time period.
Duties - 5% COURTROOM TESTIMONY - Forensic Latent Print Analyst
  • Provides expert testimony in courts of law as to the results of the latent print examinations or verification of other agencies performed. Also, includes the related travel and court preparation (including depositions, and conferences and court related liaison).
  • Testify in a clear, accurate, truthful, professional manner.
  • Prepare and present any visual presentation as necessary.
  • Prepares court exhibits as required.
Duties - 5% TRAINING – Forensic Latent Print Analyst
  • Provides information to law enforcement personnel on the capabilities of the Latent Print Unit to include Automated Finger Print Identification System (AFIS) at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Conduct lab tours, off site presentations, and provide information to law enforcement personnel in an informative, courteous and professional manner.
  • Training for agency Forensic Analyst Trainee(s) will be conducted on-site by a Senior Analyst or off-site by FBI, FD/IAI or other competent personnel and/or if necessary with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in Jacksonville, Florida. Yearly proficiency examinations and future ASCLAD accreditation requirements could be added to this position in the future.
Duties - 3% PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT – Forensic Latent Print Analyst
  • Develops and maintains technical and professional proficiency as outlined in the MCSO Evidence Division Procedure Manual, Latent Print Manual, the Serology Laboratory Manual, and Agency Operational Directives.
  • Attends schools, seminars, and training programs applicable to the position function.
  • Review relevant scientific literature as well as other documents designed to enhance professional and personal growth and will attend training programs as appropriate.
Duties - 5% ADMINISTRATION – Forensic Latent Print Analyst
  • Maintain administrative compliance through review of all appropriate administrative policies and procedures and completion of all administrative paperwork by established deadlines.
  • Responsible for the care, custody and control of all property assigned.
  • Actively involved and participates as a team member in Detective Bureau and Evidence Division.
  • Actively contributes to the accomplishments of the Agency’s Mission Statement, Strategic Planning Goals and Objectives and Core Values.
  • Attends and participates in meetings as required.
  • Keeps coworkers and supervisors informed of all issues affecting effective, efficient and safe operation of the section and the laboratory as a whole.
Additional Duties:
  • Abide by the "Law Enforcement Code of Ethics".
  • Thoroughly know, understand and comply with Agency procedures, rules and operational directives.
  • Be alert for conditions or situations, which inhibit efficient operation of the Agency or of the Evidence Division, and make recommendations for solutions.
  • Perform any other duties that may be required by the Sheriff or through necessity of the situation by a supervisor.


JOB PREREQUISITES - Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position:
  • Knowledge of the terminology, principles and analytical techniques used in the analysis of latent print examination of physical evidence as it applies to the forensic laboratory.
  • Bachelor degree from an accredited college or university, including at least six courses in the physical and natural sciences.
  • Professional, technical experience or certification in a forensic latent print examination from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and/or Florida International Association of Identification (FD/IAI) or International Association of Identification (IAI) at the national or international level can substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education.
  • Skill in use of the Automated Fingerprint Identification System.
  • Skill in the analysis, comparison, evaluation and verification of friction ridge skin detail.
  • Maintain the adult, juvenile, deceased and elimination fingerprint and palm print files.
  • Assist in the training of taking quality fingerprints and classification of finger prints.
  • Knowledge of cameras, photographic principles, and techniques.
  • Knowledge of natural, artificial, ultraviolet, infrared, luminescence, and laser lighting techniques.
  • Knowledge of the correct procedures for providing expert testimony in court.
  • Knowledge of the procedures for packaging, handling and preserving evidence.
  • Knowledge of what constitutes physical evidence.
  • Knowledge of the scientific method for conducting research.
  • Skill in the use of scientific laboratory equipment.
  • Skill in calibrating and maintaining laboratory equipment.
  • Ability to conduct forensic scientific experiments, analyze results, formulate conclusions and present findings verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to give sworn testimony as an expert witness in court.
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Maintain FDLE Screening certification and proficiency testing annually.
  • Utilize all safety precaution and equipment necessary to protect the employee from contamination or exposure and immediately report, to their immediate supervisor, any contamination or exposure for first report of injury as per Operational Directives.
  • High School Diploma or GED or equivalent life and/or work experience as approved by the Evidence Commander.
  • One year experience as a latent print examiner.
  • Maintain a valid Florida Driver’s license to operate Agency vehicles.
JOB PREREQUISITES – Forensic Latent Print Analyst I
  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Have attended, and successfully completed, the FBI basic fingerprint classification course and/or the advanced latent techniques course.
  • Have a working knowledge of AFIS/Live Scan computer programs and the Henry fingerprint classification system.
  • Includes both indoor and outdoor environments to include warehouse and office type work environments and sometimes dirty and dusty conditions. Normally 0800 to 1700 hours but may include shift work and/or be irregular. Subject to being called out at any time. Work may be both physically and mentally demanding. Situations may involve distasteful contacts when dealing with deaths or with other unpleasant physical injuries. The employee may be exposed to various diseases, biological and chemical hazardous. The Forensic Laboratory Evidence Technologist may respond to include cases of homicide, sexual assaults, kidnappings and any high profile crimes against person(s) or property crime investigations as directed by the Evidence Commander Scene Technologist will respond to include cases of homicide, sexual assaults, kidnappings and any high profile crimes against person(s) or property crime investigations.
  • Physical Ability: Tasks involve the ability to exert medium to heavy physical effort in performing work, with greater emphasis on climbing and balancing, but typically also involving some combination of stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling, and the lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of moderately heavy objects and materials (20-50 pounds); may occasionally involve heavier objects and materials (up to 65 pounds). Ability to talk, hear, see, walk, handle, feel and grasp, write and type.
  • Sensory Requirements: Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate sounds, textures and colors. Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate depths. Some tasks require visual perception and discrimination such as matching or differentiating between objects.
  • Environmental Factors: Tasks may risk exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dust, odors, wetness, temperature and noise extremes, machinery, vibrations, bright/dim light, heights, traffic hazards, and/or toxic/poisonous agents.

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