Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist II - Latent Prints

Las Vegas Police Department, Las Vegas, Nevada

Salary: $69,388.80 - $102,731.16 Annually

Final Filing Date: March 22, 2017

This is the full journey level class in the Forensic Scientist series, distinguished from Forensic Scientist I by the increased depth and breadth of knowledge and experience in performing, with relative independence, the full range of duties in Latent Print analysis and comparison.

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Incumbents perform a variety of scientific laboratory examinations and analyses on physical evidence in a Latent Print Forensic Laboratory, interpret test results, formulate conclusions, and prepare reports. Incumbents also provide scientific assistance to external parties and testify in court as an expert witness. Forensic science disciplines also include Biology/DNA, Controlled Substances, Toxicology, Trace Evidence Analysis, Questioned Documents, and Firearms and Toolmarks.


  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Biology, Chemistry, or a forensic science related field.
  • Three years of full-time forensic scientist professional work experience in the analysis and comparison of Latent Prints. Experience testifying as an expert witness in courts of law is desired.
Best Candidates Will Have
  • Five or more years of full time experience as a Latent Print Examiner, including expert testimony and handling complex cases;
  • Successful completion of a structured training program;
  • Training classes and conference attendance regarding latent prints (e.g., International Association of Identification, Canadian Identification Society, Fingerprint Society)
  • Experience with latent print reagents and laboratory equipment;
  • Experience with digital imaging software and forensic photography;
  • Experience with AFIS databases;
  • Familiarity with the ASCLD/LAB-International accreditation program;
  • Knowledge of the current trends in latent print technology and methodology as well as new and theoretical approaches to latent print identification;
  • Experience in training other technical analysts as well as general forensic training for law enforcement and attorneys;
  • Participation on working groups and in professional organizations;
  • Experience with performance checks and validation of forensic techniques;
  • Participation in research and publications regarding latent prints;
  • Participation in a formal evidentiary hearing regarding admissibility of latent print evidence;
  • Strong independent decision making, written and oral communication and interpersonal skills; and
  • Familiarity with relevant peer-reviewed literature from sources such as The Journal of Forensic Identification, The Journal of Forensic Sciences, Forensic Science International, Identification Canada, and other peer-reviewed publications.
Licenses or Certifications
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid Nevada driver's license.

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Posted: March 16, 2017

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