Employment Opportunity

Latent Print Technical Lead

Aurora Police Department, Englewood, Colorado

Salary: hiring range for this position is: $96,513.64 to $120,642.05

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

We are also offering a relocation and Hiring bonus:
  • $5,000 hiring bonus and
  • $2,500 if you move from somewhere in Colorado to the City of Aurora or $5,000 from out of state moving to the City of Aurora.

The Technical Leader for the Latent Print Unit performs highly specialized forensic work related to latent print development and examination. Employees in this position are responsible for overseeing the technical aspects of unit operations, as well as the training of new employees and support to the quality assurance program. They receive general supervision from an administrative supervisor for daily operations.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


Job Description:
  • Oversees and takes responsibility for technical aspects of the unit operations
  • Serves as an approving official for all Latent Print Unit Standard Operating Procedures
  • Documents and resolves Quality Assurance issues according to accreditation guidelines and internal quality requirements
  • Assigns, evaluates, and executes training plans for employees
  • Has the authority to initiate, suspend, and resume latent print operations, for the unit or an individual
  • Evaluates and documents approval of validation studies and analytical methods, and approves deviations to current procedures as appropriate
  • Coordinates and evaluates proficiency testing within the unit
  • Provides courtroom evaluations of unit employees
  • Oversees and approves validation of new instrumentation or methods
  • Perform latent print processing with various physical and chemical methods
  • Preserves latent prints with photography, lifting, and other methods
  • Perform latent print examination casework using the ACE-V method
  • Utilize AFIS for searching of unidentified latent prints
  • Issue detailed reports concerning results of analysis
  • Testify in criminal legal proceedings
  • Provide training to law enforcement personnel concerning collection and preservation of physical evidence, and interpretation of results

 Earn a Degree in Crime Scene Investigation, Forensic Science, Computer Forensics or Forensic Psychology


  • An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that demonstrates required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be considered.
  • HS Diploma or GED
  • Training in latent print examinations to competency
  • Three (3) years of casework experience in latent print examinations
Licenses and Certifications:
  • Colorado Driver’s License with good driving record
  • Specialized certification may be required after hire
Preferred Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • Certification by the International Association for Identification
  • 2 years technical leader or supervisory experience
  • 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
  • ISO 17025-17 accreditation requirements as they apply to latent print examination
  • 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
  • Ability to pass comparison and visual acuity exam.

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Posted: May 25, 2023

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