Employment Opportunity

Latent Print Examiner

Jacksonville Police Department, Jacksonville, Florida

Salary: Depends on Qualifications

Final Filing Date: Continuous

This is advanced technical work in the development and analyzation of friction ridge detail which includes comparison and identification of latent finger, palm, and foot prints. Work requires specialized knowledge of latent print development techniques and finger and palm print analysis which is learned through a combination of job related training and specialized schools. Contacts require skills of persuasiveness or assertiveness as well as a sensitivity to others' points of view to influence behavior, change an opinion or turn a situation around. Work is subject to substantially diversified procedures and specialized standards; however, because of changing priorities or differing situations in the work environment, latitude is permitted to consider which procedure or precedent to follow and in what sequence to achieve the required results . Work is performed in an office environment and includes the operation of standard office equipment such as copiers, telephones, and personal computers and may include operation of specialized equipment such as automated fingerprint identification systems, light sources, magnification devices, chemical fuming chambers and related chemicals. The physical demands consist of sitting or standing at a work station for extended periods of time, utilizing specialized equipment on an ongoing basis, and occasionally lifting and manipulating light to moderate weight items weighing less than 50 pounds. Work is performed under general supervision where the work assignments are subject to established procedures, practices, precedents, and well-defined policies. The worker plans and organizes the work, and determines priorities, and the work is usually reviewed after the fact for quality and conformance to established procedures, practices, and precedents.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Compares and identifies latent finger, palm, and foot prints to known standards.
  • Utilizes the Automated Fingerprint Identification system to develop candidates for latent fingerprint comparisons.
  • Processes evidence for the recovery of latent prints.
  • Testifies as an expert witness concerning inked prints and evidence processing.
  • Prepares and maintains reports, files and laboratory processing notes.
  • Trains and provides technical assistance to Latent Print Examiner Trainees.
  • Verifies identifications performed by other latent print examiners.
  • Serves as a liaison with law enforcement agencies on fingerprint identification matters.
  • Processes evidence for detection of latent prints.
  • Provides technical advice to Evidence Technicians on latent print related matters.
  • Teaches classes related to fingerprint identification and evidence to law enforcement personnel.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in the City of Jacksonville's competencies.
  • Performs related work as required.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of NCIC Fingerprint Classification System.
  • Knowledge of latent print examination procedures and evidence processing techniques.
  • Knowledge of Sheriff's Office procedures and policies covering fingerprints, reports, evidence and court appearances.
  • Knowledge of Automated Fingerprint Identification System.
  • Knowledge of FCIC and NCIC regulations.
  • Skill in fingerprint identification.
  • Skill in operating computer terminals, two-way radios, teletypes, typewriters, and other office equipment.
  • Ability to determine quality of fingerprint evidence.
  • Ability to withstand mental and physical exertion required for analyzing latent prints for long periods of time.
  • Ability to detect latent prints by transferring residual prints from an object.
  • Ability to utilize computer terminals and ancillary equipment in fingerprint identification.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain reports.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to read and comprehend technical journals and materials.
  • Ability to gather, assemble, and analyze information and prepare clear and concise reports.
  • Ability to train and provide technical assistance to others.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Good visual acuity.
Open Requirements/Supplemental Information:
  • Three years of education from an accredited institution and/or experience in inked fingerprint identification, one year of which included comparing and identifying latent prints.
  • The probationary period for this class is twelve (12) months.
  • This classification performs safety-sensitive functions and is subject to pre-employment, random and other drug/alcohol testing programs as set forth in the City of Jacksonville's Drug Free Workplace Policy (0401).
  • A valid state Driver's License is required prior to appointment and must be maintained during employment in this class.
  • Must qualify for prior to appointment, obtain, and maintain during employment in this class a City of Jacksonville Certification as a Public Driver.

Do you have the Education Required? See available on-line and campus-based degree programs now!

How to apply: Apply online

Posted: April 3, 2017

NOTE: The is not responsible for typographical errors or omissions in employment notices on this web site. Often, employers change final filing dates, change duties and/or requirements, or close employment openings without notice. If you are interested in a job posted on this site be sure to contact the employer to see if changes in the filing date or job announcement have been made. Employers can also provide more information about open positions that does not appear in the announcements on these pages.