Employment Opportunity

Latent Print Examiner II/III

Arlington County Police Department, Arlington, Virginia

Salary: $55,910.40 - $104,062.40 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

The Arlington County Police Department is seeking a Latent Print Examiner II/III to support the Forensic Identification Unit, which is responsible for receiving, analyzing, and comparing latent fingerprints and palm prints (typically in the form of latent lift cards and photographs) to known prints of any subjects developed in a criminal investigation, and encoding latent prints into various Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS).

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Latent Print Examiner II & III:
  • Evaluating latent lift cards, photographs, or evidence for the presence of friction ridge detail;
  • Performing manual comparison of latent prints with known fingerprint/palm prints;
  • Encoding and searching latent prints against various AFIS databases (IDEMIA, NEC, ULW);
  • Preparing clear, concise, comprehensive reports and records;
  • Conducting verifications and administrative reviews of work completed by other specialists;
  • Assisting the Commonwealth Attorney with questions regarding friction ridge analysis;
  • Testifying in court as an expert witness on all matters pertaining to friction ridge analysis;
  • Maintaining criminal and/or juvenile fingerprint/palm print files and processing expungement orders;
  • Completing annual proficiency testing;
  • Providing instruction regarding latent print examinations to police staff and citizen academies; and
  • Attending conferences/meetings and maintaining memberships in professional organizations to stay abreast of advances and trends in the forensics field.
Latent Print Examiner III Only:
  • Applying an advanced level of knowledge and technical skills to complex latent print comparisons; and
  • Serving as lead examiner responsible for assisting and training less skilled examiners.
The ideal candidate will have the following :
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to comprehend detailed and highly technical instructions;
  • Knowledge of principles, theories, methods and technical procedures used to process materials for latent prints, recovery of latent prints, visualizing/recording of latent prints, and examining and comparing latent prints to known prints; and
  • Experience with Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems, legal procedures and general rules of evidence in order to provide effective testimony.

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


  • Associate Degree in Forensic Science, Criminalistics, Criminal Justice, Natural Sciences (i.e., Biology, Chemistry, or Physics) or a related field; plus
Latent Print Examiner II:
  • Two (2) years or more of experience conducting latent print examinations; and
  • Completion of at least one recognized Advanced Latent Print course.
Latent Print Examiner III:
  • Three (3 )years of experience at the Latent Print Examiner II level; and
  • Completion of at least three recognized Advanced Latent Print courses.
  • Additional directly related experience may substitute for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis.
Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following:
  • Latent Print Certification.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Forensic Science, Criminalistics, Criminal Justice, Natural Sciences (i.e., Biology, Chemistry, or Physics) or a related field; and/or
  • Experience testifying as an expert witness in a court of law.
  • Special Requirements
  • Candidate must successfully demonstrate competency by completing a latent print comparison test.
Due to the sensitive nature of this position, candidates receiving consideration will be required to undergo a pre-employment polygraph examination and a character/background investigation conducted by the Police Department.

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Posted: February 12, 2024

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