Employment Opportunity

Senior Fingerprint Specialist

Arlington County Police Department, Arlington, Virginia

Salary: $51,812.80 - $79,164.80 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

Arlington County is seeking a skilled Fingerprint Specialist to support the Forensic Identification Unit of the Arlington County Police Department. This Fingerprint Specialist is responsible for receiving, evaluating and comparing latent fingerprints and palm prints typically in the form of latent lift cards and photographs to known prints of any subjects developed in a criminal investigation or case, and encoding latent prints of known or unidentified persons into various Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS) accessible to the Arlington County Police Department. This specialist will serve as a lead examiner and will be responsible for assisting and training other specialists assigned to the unit.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Performing manual comparison of latent print impressions with known fingerprint/palm prints;
  • Encoding inked and latent prints into various AFIS databases to affect an identification;
  • Testifying in court as an expert witness on all matters pertaining to friction ridge analysis;
  • Verifying the fingerprint identifications effected by other specialists;
  • Evaluating latent prints developed by the officers assigned to the Crime Scene Unit;
  • Assisting the Commonwealth Attorney with questions involving fingerprint matters;
  • Assisting in mixing and validating a chemical reagent (Ninhydrin) for the development of latent prints on porous substrates;
  • Assisting with maintaining fingerprint files for the unit.


  • Qualified candidates at the senior level must have a high school diploma or equivalent and significant experience in the examination of latent prints using the Henry Classification System, and the Analysis, Comparison, Evaluation and Verification (ACE-V) Method of fingerprint analysis.
  • Additional directly related experience may substitute for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis.
Desirable: The ideal candidate will also have one or more of the following:
  • Certification as a Latent Print Examiner (CLPE) by the International Association for Identification (IAI)
  • Experience using one or more of the Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems used within the United States for latent print or known print entry.
Special Requirements
  • Due to the sensitive nature of this position candidates receiving consideration will be required to undergo a pre-employment polygraph examination and a character/background investigation conducted by the Police Department.
  • Candidate must successfully complete a latent print test and a fingerprint sequencing test.
Additional Information
  • Work Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with flexibility for an occasional callback during the week or weekend.
  • The salary range is for a Fingerprint Specialist III, the senior position, and is negotiable based on training and experience, primarily with latent prints.

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Posted: July 26, 2017

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