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Latent Print Examiner III

Columbus Police Crime Laboratory, Columbus, Ohio

Salary: $32.07 - $48.10 Hourly

Final Filing Date: Continuous

The Columbus Division of Police Crime Laboratory is hiring a Latent Print Examiner III for a full-time position. In this role, you will be the technical leader and administrative supervisor for a staff of 6 examiners conducting latent print comparison and latent print processing.

Technical duties may include: examination of evidence using the ACE-V methods; using local, state and federal databases; performing latent print processing and other evidence collection, preparing technical reports; performing verifications, technical and administrative reviews; ensuring conformance with accreditation standards, preparing and conducting training for laboratory staff and external customers, and resolving technical disagreements. Supervisory duties may include prioritization of caseload; initiating disciplinary action when needed; conducting performance evaluations; managing leave requests and overtime; and managing budgetary and supply needs.

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Examples of Work
  • Supervises assigned staff to include conducting performance evaluations, approving/disapproving leave requests, and/or initiating disciplinary action;
  • Oversees the operation and administrative functions of the unit including budgetary and supply needs and prioritization of workload;
  • Checks work products to ensure conformance to standards; coordinates resolution of quality issues with other unit supervisors;
  • Oversees and performs the examination of evidence using the ACE-V (analysis, comparison, evaluation, and verification) method and prepares technical reports on findings;
  • Oversees the examination and storage of physical evidence while in custody of the laboratory;
  • Oversees and conducts searches through Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) and other law enforcement databases (i.e., NGI, State AFIS) for comparison to prints on file;
  • Oversees and performs latent print processing and evidence collection;
  • Ensures the maintenance and proper utilization of laboratory equipment;
  • Testifies as an expert witness in court; conducts and participates in mock trial training exercises;
  • Prepares, coordinates, and/or conducts training programs (e.g. new employee, in-service, development, outreach) for Crime Laboratory staff, police officers, prosecutors, and community groups;
  • Reviews scientific literature, researches methods, and recommends improvements to methods and equipment;
  • Performs periodic review of Crime Laboratory procedures, bureau SOPs, division directives, and strategic plans for appropriate changes/additions;
  • Seeks out technological advances that may increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the latent print specialization; takes appropriate steps to implement new technology or methods;
  • Serves as liaison to the public, laboratories, and other law enforcement agencies for latent print expertise;
  • Attends conferences, workshops, seminars, and reads literature related to forensic latent print science.

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Minimum Qualifications
  • Possession of a bachelor’s degree with some coursework in the physical or biological sciences (ten (10) semester or fifteen (15) quarter hours) and five (5) years of experience performing latent print comparisons.
  • Substitution(s): Possession of a master’s degree in forensic, physical, biological sciences, or a related field may substitute for one (1) year of experience.
Preferred Qualifications
  • The ideal Latent Print Examiner III will have recent experience in supervising latent print comparison and processing; testifying in court as an expert witness in latent prints, and serving as a technical assessor for ISO 17025 accreditation.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Thorough knowledge of ridged skin patterns and characteristic interpretations; thorough knowledge of friction ridge and general processing methods; thorough knowledge of Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS); thorough knowledge of ACE-V methodology; thorough knowledge of scientific technical working groups; thorough knowledge of laboratory safety and appropriate emergency procedures; thorough knowledge of evidence and criminal procedures; thorough knowledge of applicable quality standards in forensics, such as ISO/IEC 17025 and accrediting body standards; considerable knowledge of laboratory information management system (LIMS); considerable knowledge of management and supervisory practices and principles; considerable knowledge of administrative practices and principles; general knowledge of applicable union contract(s); some knowledge of the latest case decisions in the area of fingerprint and latent print identification; skill in public speaking; ability to apply critical thinking to perform, analyze, and interpret results of laboratory tests; ability to write clear, concise reports; ability to maintain accurate records; ability to plan and supervise work projects and assign to personnel; ability to evaluate the work performed by subordinates and provide appropriate constructive guidance; ability to distinguish fine visual details; ability to read and comprehend memoranda, technical reports, and scientific literature; ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing; ability to use a computer and related software; ability to look back and forth to compare minute detail between two or more sources of information; ability to identify problems, analyze information, and recommend solutions; ability to prioritize; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Due to the sensitive nature of this position, candidates receiving consideration after a successful interview will be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation, fingerprinting, and a polygraph examination conducted by the Columbus Division of Police. This process may take three months or more to complete.

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Posted: May 5, 2024

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