Employment Opportunity

Criminalist II - Latent Print Examiner

Aurora Police Department, Aurora, Colorado

Salary: $73,049.60 - $114,150.40 Annually

Final Filing Date: October 1, 2021

The hiring range for this position is $73,058 - $91,321 and a salary offer will be based on the selected candidates EET (Experience, Education, and Training) over the Minimum Qualifications set for the position.

The Latent Print Examiner performs analysis of forensic evidence through a variety of methods related to latent print examinations. This position reports to the Aurora Police Department and is assigned to the Unified Metropolitan Forensic Crime Laboratory (UMFCL) in Englewood, CO. The UMFCL is an ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accredited laboratory which provides forensic services to law enforcement agencies within the City of Aurora, Arapahoe County and Douglas County in Colorado. The UMCL is an entity designed to support the criminal investigative functions of the agencies it serves.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Performs independent work under general supervision
  • Physically and chemically process various items of evidence to develop and document latent prints
  • Compare latent prints with known subject prints for identification purposes
  • Uses digital examination techniques for friction ridge analysis
  • Apply appropriate scientific methodology to analyze, evaluate, compare, document and preserve latent print evidence related to law enforcement investigations
  • Issue reports regarding analysis of evidence
  • Testify as an expert witness in municipal, state and federal courts as necessary regarding analysis
  • Maintain chain of custody of evidence
  • Make reagents/standards used for processing and verify their performance
  • Verify/validate new methods
  • Perform basic instrument maintenance when necessary
  • Perform verification and technical review of casework
  • Assist in training new employees when appropriate
  • Performs other related duties as assigned


  • An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that demonstrates required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be considered.
  • Must have obtained a bachelor’s degree in forensic science, criminalistics, chemistry, or directly related field, from an accredited college or university
  • 2 years of training in latent print examinations plus
  • 2 years of professional experience in latent print examinations
  • Appropriate scientific procedures and equipment used in latent print examination
  • Safe handling practices for chemicals in use by the laboratory
  • Investigative methods and techniques
  • Rules of evidence and court testimony
  • Strong analytical and communication skills
  • Skill in the use of standard office equipment as well as laboratory instrumentation
  • Skill in photography
  • Skill in latent print examination
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Organize and prioritize work
  • Properly use and maintain scientific equipment
  • Prepare reagents
  • Prepare accurate reports
  • Maintain secure custody of evidence while in their possession
  • Work independent of direct supervision
  • Testify effectively on scientific matters in judicial and quasi-judicial proceedings
License and Certifications:
  • Colorado Driver’s License with a good driving record required


Essential Personnel:
  • When a local announcement of emergency or disaster is declared by the City, all City of Aurora employees may be required to work as essential personnel.
Physical Demands:
  • Infrequent Medium work that involves moving no more than 50 pounds with or without assistance at a time
  • Occasional standing
  • Frequent Hand/eye coordination to operate computer, laboratory instruments and other testing instruments
  • Infrequent Foot/eye coordination to operate motor vehicle
  • Frequent Visual acuity correctable to 20/40 with no color impairment to interpret data
  • Occasional Speech communication, hearing and listening to maintain communications with other employees and citizens
Work Environment:
  • Works primarily in an office/laboratory environment
  • Exposure to biohazard contamination, chemicals, odors and noise
Equipment Used:
  • Uses standard office equipment including personal computer and common office software such as email, internet, Word, Excel, PhotoShop and menu driven databases as a part of the laboratory automated systems
  • Cameras and scanners
  • This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment

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Posted: September 10, 2021

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