Job Class Specification for:
Class Specification Schematic Number: 4155605
in this class perform technical tasks such as latent print comparisons, process
evidence and crime scenes for latent prints; teach fingerprint and latent print
collection and preservation techniques to Police Officers, Detectives and
Identification Technicians; train entry level Latent Print Examiners; enter
latent prints into the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS); and
photographs latent prints in conjunction with these processes.
Characteristics of the Class:
in this class perform assignments under the limited supervision of the Latent
Print Supervisor. Employees in this
class also provide guidance to less experienced personnel and perform the more
difficult and complex operations of AFIS, The
Latent Print Examiner responds to process finger and latent print evidence at
crime scenes, (etc.) as directed by the Latent Print Supervisor and testifies in
courts of law as expert witness regarding the results of findings.
The work of the Latent Print Examiner requires use of chemical, physical,
optical, and computerized techniques of scientific analysis to locate, recover,
preserve, compare, and identify friction ridge details (fingerprints).
Latent Print Examiners are required to use individual judgment and
expertise in daily operations. Sole
responsibility for identifications rests with the individual examiner.
position requires a working knowledge of the Henry Classification and NCIC
Systems, forensic photographic, alternate light source and digital imaging
technology, including the ability to perform low-level maintenance, proper
safety procedures for the handling of hazardous, caustic, flammable and/or
carcinogenic chemicals frequently used in latent fingerprint work and history,
theory and practice of latent print science.
A thorough knowledge of automated and manual identification methodology
is required along with the ability to perform all necessary job functions
related to AFIS, including knowledge of proper evidence handling procedures and
chain of custody requirements. The
Latent Print Supervisor sets work priorities and deadlines.
Positions are responsible for resolving most problems according to
procedures but unusual problems are discussed with supervisor.
Frequently works in different location from supervisor.
Personal contacts include members of the public, prosecutors and defense
attorneys, crime suspects, departmental employees for the purposes of performing
fingerprint activities and law enforcement personnel in the exchange of
information or to coordinate the activities of crime scene collection and
responding to process crime scenes for latent print evidence during off-duty
shift hours. Requires standing,
walking, or bending for extended periods. Requires
handling or working with n hazardous substances (i.e., blood, other body fluids
and various hazardous chemicals). Requires
contact with potentially abusive/threatening people in the process of obtaining
fingerprints. Requires the ability
to lift up to 25 lbs.
bachelor of science degree with a major in forensic science, criminalistics,
physical or natural science and a minimum of two years experience in latent
print examinations and processing of evidence.
Technical experience in a forensic laboratory or in the identification
and analysis of fingerprints can substitute for up to two years of college
and Other Requirements:
description was prepared to indicate the kinds of activities and levels of work
difficulty required of positions in this class.
It is not intended as a complete list of specific duties and
Date posted 9/10/2002