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Dallas, Texas Police Department
Forensic Fingerprint Expert
January 21, 2017 11:59 PM Central Time
Beginning $48,739.00 ($23.43 hourly)
Midrange $71, 989.00 ($34.61 hourly)
The salary listed on this job posting is the starting salary range; amount offered will depend upon qualifications.
Downtown Dallas, Texas
Performs the most difficult and responsible types of forensic fingerprint duties in the Police Department. Trains and mentors lower level employees and provides technical oversight of all fingerprinting functions.
- Performs and develops difficult and complex laboratory tests in forensic fingerprinting.
- Instructs, assists or trains lower level staff and, law enforcement personnel on new or unusual fingerprint sciences, processes, and procedures.
- Provides scientific assistance to attorneys, state law makers and regulatory agencies.
- Determines evidentiary value of submitted and developed prints; conducts difficult and complex examinations and comparisons of latent prints and known prints; utilizes specialized photographic and digital imaging techniques to assist the analysis and comparison of latent prints to known prints.
- Determines proper testing techniques, including the proper sequence of latent print development techniques for items of evidence; processes items of evidence for latent prints; uses appropriate documentation and recovery techniques (photography, lifts, etc.) to preserve those latent prints sufficient for recovery.
- Encodes latent prints into Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS); ensures use of proper methods of coding.
- Stays current in new trends and innovations in the field of forensic science; conducts research and evaluate new procedures and methods; recommends new procedures and updates existing procedures.
- Acts as technical leader as established in The Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic Fingerprinting.
- Troubleshoots, performs and supervises repairs on laboratory instruments and equipment.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
- Testifies as an expert witness in difficult and complicated court cases.
- Regular, reliable and punctual attendance is an essential function of the job.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required to Perform Work
- Thorough knowledge of rules of physical evidence in criminal law; Federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations pertaining to forensic science; theoretical and analytical principles of natural and physical sciences related to forensic fingerprinting; proper procedures and standard laboratory rules and safety precautions; evidence collection and preservation procedures.
- Thorough knowledge in testifying as an expert witness in courts of law under Daubert standards.
- Advanced knowledge of Forensic computer software applications; laboratory methods and procedures utilized in forensic fingerprinting.
- Knowledge equivalent to a BS degree from a college or university in a science related to forensic area.
- Knowledge of principles and practices of fingerprint science.
- Knowledge gained from research and practical work experience working in a forensic laboratory.
- Knowledge of Henry and NCIC classification systems.
- Ability to work independently in the absence of supervision.
- Ability to teach forensic software applications. principles of forensic fingerprinting; operational methods and techniques of forensic laboratory equipment.
- Ability to compile and prepare evidence for presentation in court and provide expert testimony in legal proceedings.
- Ability to review and evaluate new/existing information and analytical techniques for change in protocol.
- Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with all levels of management, city officials, vendors, other government agencies, other employees and the general public.
- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with a wide variety of people.
- Certification as a Latent Print Examiner by the International Association for Identification (IAI).
Working Conditions and Hazards
- Laboratory environment; exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals which may include response to clandestine laboratories; and exposure to human body fluids.
- Physical condition necessary for light lifting and standing for prolonged periods of time.
- May be required to work any hours, days or shift, including holidays and weekends.
- Must be a U.S. citizen or have U.S. permanent residency at time of application.
- Bachelor's degree in a criminalistics, forensics, natural sciences (chemistry, biology, physics) or social science field.
- Four (4) years of professional level experience with a municipal, county, state or federal regulatory agency in any of the following areas: latent print comparison, advanced ridgeology techniques, latent print examination or utilizing Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS) in a recognized criminal/crime scene laboratory actively engaged in forensic sciences.
License(s) and/or Certifications:
- Valid driver's license with good driving record.
- Must pass intensive background check required (No Felony or Class A Misdemeanor convictions).
- Must be able to detect, investigate, and give expert court testimony.
- Must have or obtain certification as a Latent Print Examiner by the International Association for Identification (I.A.I.) within probationary period.
Knowledge, Skills, Ability(ies):
- Effective oral and written communication skills.
- MS Word/Excel or similar software skills
- Ability to lift up to fifty (50) pounds
- High school diploma or GED, plus eight (8) years of the required experience will meet the education and experience requirements.
- An associate's degree in any field plus six (6) years of the required experience will meet the education and experience requirements.
- A bachelor's degree or higher in a non-specified field plus six (6) years of the required experience will meet the education and experience requirements.
- A master's degree or higher in a specified field plus two (2) years of the required experience will meet the education and experience requirements.