Employment Opportunity

Latent Print Examiner I

Anne Arundel County Police Department, Annapolis, Maryland

Salary: $45,250.00 - $72,571.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: May 1, 2017

This posting will be used to fill a full time Latent Print Examiner I position within the Anne Arundel County Police Department.

This is highly technical complex latent print work responsible for the examination, analysis and identification of latent prints collected at crime and accident scenes throughout Anne Arundel County. Employees in this class function at the intermediate level identifying latent fingerprints.

Work is performed under general supervision at the Latent Print Examiner I level within established policies, procedures and technical guidelines. Work products are subject to review by the Evidence Collection/ID Supervisor upon completion for accuracy.

Employees in this class perform their work in an office environment but may occasionally be required to visit a crime, accident or other scene to retrieve latent fingerprints or other fingerprint evidence. Employees in this class may work overtime and be subject to call back status on an as needed basis.

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  • Examines latent prints collected by evidence collection staff members and reviews incoming reports to verify correctness of latent print information. Compares latent prints to known inked prints or utilizes the Maryland Automated Fingerprint Identification System (M.A.F.I.S.) for possible suspect identification.
  • Follows established procedures to maintain chain of custody for physical evidence.
  • Prepares for and testifies in court proceedings as an expert in latent print analysis. Prepares charts and other aids for court presentations, confers with State's Attorney, and testifies in court.
  • Initiates, prepares, reviews or evaluates records and reports to inform detectives and officers of the status of examination. Documents through reports and statistical information through the use of the Maryland Automated Fingerprint Identification System (M.A.F.I.S.).
  • Works with chemicals to develop latent prints.
  • With training and protective equipment processes blood and other body fluids from crime scene and physical evidence.


  • Knowledge of County and departmental procedures related to assigned duties.
  • Knowledge in the operation of automated fingerprint identification system.
  • Knowledge in the rules of evidence and case law as it relates to latent print identification.
  • Knowledge of fingerprint classification and identification methods.
  • Learns to present testimony and use visual aides.
  • Skill in the development of latent prints and in the visual identification of prints.
  • Ability to work from fingerprint and related files.
  • Ability to prepare accurate records and reports.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors and other employees.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Ability to operate a computer terminal.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Graduation from high school; four (4) or more years of experience in classifying, identifying, and processing fingerprints using the ten-print Henry Classification System and an automated fingerprint identification system; formal training or courses in fingerprint classification and identification through completion of the FBI Basic Fingerprint School or equivalent recognized fingerprint training program; and a valid non-commercial Class C motor vehicle operator's license.
  • NOTE: College level coursework in latent/friction ridge processing and examinations or related forensic course work may be substituted for two (2) years of the required work experience. Additionally, successful completion of the National Latent Print Examiner Training Academy or equivalent recognized training academy may be substituted for two (2) years of work experience.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with the following:
    • International Association for Identification (IAI) Certification
    • Recent latent print work experience, at any time, within the last ten (10) years
Supplemental Qualifications
  • Note: Print Examiner II is the full performance expert level proficiency class in the Later Print Examiner I & II class series. An employee has the opportunity of being promoted by the Chief of Police to Latent Print Examiner II based upon the required amount of latent fingerprint experience, formal training and subsequent certification in latent prints by the FBI or an equivalent agency, and satisfactory work experience. Proficiency advancements can be made as latent print work assignments increase in variety and complexity; the employee meets the minimum qualifications for the higher level class; less supervision and review is required of the employee in completing assignments; and the employee has demonstrated proficiency in testifying in courts of law concerning latent print identification. Recommendation for promotion to the higher level Latent Print Examiner II is at the discretion of the Chief of Police.

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Posted: April 18, 2017

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