Employment Opportunity

Criminalist - Latent Fingerprint Examiner

Fort Collins Police Department, Fort Collins, Colorado

Salary: $58,834.00 - $88,250.00 per year

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

This position is for a Latent Fingerprint Examiner and requires a Bachelor's degree in a natural sciences related field.

Investigative work in support of prosecution activities. Includes technical analysis, evidence gathering, and data analytics in support of criminal prosecution.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


Essential Duties and Responsibilities - The following duties and responsibilities are illustrative of the primary functions of this position and are not intended to be all inclusive.
  • Locates, collects, photographs, and preserves evidence at crime scenes and in the laboratory.
  • Reconstructs crime scenes by using available physical evidence to determine actions and activities of suspect(s) and victim(s) through accepted forensic disciplines and scientific practices.
  • Performs analytical examinations on physical evidence and digital evidence collected and forms conclusions and opinions relating to the actions of the subject(s).
  • Evaluates and compares unidentified fingerprints to “known” fingerprints via Automated Fingerprint database comparison, or directly obtained from subject(s).
  • Evaluates and compares unidentified tire tread and footwear patterns to known databases or exemplars collected from subjects or other evidence.
  • Prepares written reports and visual presentations of findings. Explains methodology and techniques used to support conclusions. Prepares results to educate and inform Detectives, Prosecutors, Judges and Juries.
  • Testifies as an expert witness in criminal and administrative proceedings,
  • Acquires and processes digital evidence related to investigations.
  • Provides training on crime scene processing, evidence collecting, photography, etc..
  • Maintains area specific certifications and attends regular training to maintain currency in area of expertise.
  • Prepare investigative and other reports, including sketches, using appropriate grammar, symbols, and mathematical computations.
  • Gather appropriate information from victims, suspects, witnesses, and confidential informants.


Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of modern digital imaging techniques and equipment.
  • Knowledge of current crime scene processes and reconstruction techniques.
  • Knowledge of Federal and State standards and procedures.
  • Knowledge of ancillary Laboratory protocol and available resources
  • Knowledge of latent fingerprint development and analysis.
  • Knowledge of digital forensic acquisition and analysis.
  • Ability to use deductive reasoning.
  • Ability to focus on minute detail for long periods of time.
  • Ability to work in unpleasant crime, accident and mass casualty scenes under stressful conditions.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all internal and external agency customers and personnel.
  • Ability to conduct basic investigations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people in court and other formal settings, including public speaking engagements.
  • Ability to detect and collect evidence and substances related to criminal offenses, often in dangerous conditions.
  • Ability to read and comprehend legal and nonlegal documents, including the preparation and processing of such documents as citations, affidavits, and warrants.
  • Must be able to render credible testimony in judicial and administrative proceedings.
Required Education
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in forensics, police science, or related field
Experience Requirements
  • Minimum five years’ related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

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Posted: July 17, 2021

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