Employment Opportunity

Latent Print Technician

Killeen Police Department, Killeen, Texas

Salary: $18.57 Hourly

Final Filing Date: Continuous

Works as a Professional Forensic Latent Print Examiner, processing major crime scenes in the field, to document and recover latent evidence. Works in the print lab to process evidence for latent prints. Maintains lifted latent prints and inked prints; analyzes, searches and identifies latent prints. Uses forensic equipment, chemicals and computers. Assist in the evidence room as assigned.

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Essential Duties
  • Examines, searches, compares, and identifies latent prints.
  • Uses chemicals or other substances to examine latent fingerprint evidence and compare developed prints to those of known persons in department, state and federal databases.
  • Identifies and analyzes evidence obtained from a crime scene; reports conclusions.
  • Keeps records and prepares reports detailing findings, investigative methods and laboratory techniques.
  • Presents scientific expert testimony in courts.
  • Uses photography equipment to process crime scenes and evidence.
  • Coordinates with other law enforcement agencies in evidentiary matters.
  • Operates a personal computer and associated equipment and software per policy to maintain records and prepare reports.
  • Responsible for maintenance of laboratory equipment and chemicals.
  • Analyzes and classifies latent fingerprints utilizing AFIX Tracker software.
  • Performs searches of state and federal Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) databases.
  • Serves as latent print technician and is subject to being called out to major crime scenes during duty-hours and off-duty hours.
  • Attends conferences/meetings and maintains membership in professional organizations to keep abreast of advances and trends in the forensics field.
  • Provides instruction regarding latent print collection to police staff.
  • May serve as a member of various employee committees.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Required Minimum Qualifications
  • Three years experience in latent evidence collection and identification; \
  • OR
  • Two-year college degree in Criminal Justice, Forensics or closely related filed
  • OR
  • Any equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • AND
  • Have completed basic and intermediate latent identification courses.
  • Must be able to use forensic skills to examine physical evidence and provide expert testimony to the results of the examination. Some skill in the operation of equipment listed below;
  • Must have the forensic skills to operate an automated fingerprint identification system;
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office, and Windows Operating system;
  • Working knowledge or professional digital cameras and forensic equipment;
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing;
  • Ability to learn the applicable laws, ordinances, and department rules and regulations;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, peers, supervisors and government officials;
  • Ability to maintain confidential information;
  • Must know how to process latent prints at crime scenes and in a controlled lab;
  • Knowledge of alternate light source equipment, latent processing chemicals, powders, and other processing equipment.
  • Must pass a thorough background investigation and complete a polygraph examination.
  • Must have a valid driver's license by date of hire.
  • Must obtain and maintain a Texas Driver's License within 60 days of hire.
  • Office machines, forensic computers, police radios, forensic laboratory tools and instruments, alternate light source, professional digital cameras, and motor vehicles.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to sit, climb, or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk and hear. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, and peripheral vision; depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions, in high precarious places, and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibrations. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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Posted: July 7, 2021

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