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Forensic Fingerprint Expert

Dallas Police Department, Dallas, Texas

Starting salary range: $50,201.00 - $72,720.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: July 31, 2021

Performs the most difficult and responsible types of forensic fingerprint duties in the Police Department. Trains and mentors lower level employees and provides technical oversight of all fingerprinting functions.

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Essential Functions
  • Performs and develops difficult and complex laboratory tests in forensic fingerprinting.
  • Instructs, assists or trains lower level staff and, law enforcement personnel on new or unusual fingerprint sciences, processes, and procedures.
  • Provides scientific assistance to attorneys, state law makers and regulatory agencies.
  • Determines evidentiary value of submitted and developed prints; conducts difficult and complex examinations and comparisons of latent prints and known prints; utilizes specialized photographic and digital imaging techniques to assist the analysis and comparison of latent prints to known prints.
  • Determines proper testing techniques, including the proper sequence of latent print development techniques for items of evidence; processes items of evidence for latent prints; uses appropriate documentation and recovery techniques (photography, lifts, etc.) to preserve those latent prints sufficient for recovery.
  • Encodes latent prints into Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS); ensures use of proper methods of coding.
  • Stays current in new trends and innovations in the field of forensic science; conducts research and evaluate new procedures and methods; recommends new procedures and updates existing procedures. 8. Acts as technical leader as established in The Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic Fingerprinting. 9. Troubleshoots, performs and supervises repairs on laboratory instruments and equipment.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Testifies as an expert witness in difficult and complicated court cases.
  • Regular, reliable and punctual attendance is an essential function of the job.


  • Bachelor's degree in a criminalistics, forensics, natural sciences (chemistry, biology, physics) or social science field.
  • Three (3) years of professional level experience with a municipal, county, state or federal regulatory agency in any of the following areas:
    • Latent print comparison
    • Advanced ridgeology techniques
  • High school diploma or GED, plus eight (8) years of the required experience will meet the education and experience requirements.
  • An associate's degree in any field plus six (6) years of the required experience will meet the education and experience requirements.
  • A bachelor's degree or higher in a non-specified field plus six (6) years of the required experience will meet the education and experience requirements.
  • A master's degree or higher in a specified field plus two (2) years of the required experience will meet the education and experience requirements.
  • A current Latent Print Certification from the International Association for identification (I.A.I), will meet the education and experience requirements.
  • Valid driver's license with good driving record.
  • Must pass intensive background check required (No Felony or Class A Misdemeanor convictions).
  • Must be able to detect, investigate, and give expert court testimony.
  • Must have or obtain certification as a Latent Print Examiner by the International Association for Identification (I.A.I.) within six 6) month probationary period.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • MS Word/Excel or similar software skills
  • Ability to lift up to fifty (50) pounds
  • Latent print examination or utilizing Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS) in a recognized criminal/crime scene laboratory actively engaged in forensic sciences.

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Posted: July 20, 2021

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