Latent Print Examiner
Class Code: BN2
Under direction performs duties involved in registering,
searching, analyzing and identifying fingerprints in the Automated Fingerprint
Identification System (AFIS); records
and logs criminal history; assists other city and county agencies with
fingerprint work; provides expert witness testimony in court; and performs related
work as required.
The Latent Print Examiner is assigned to the Sheriff’s
Office. An employee in this class is
proficient in performing ten-print and latent print examinations, comparisons
and identifications with minimal supervision.
Positions in this class are non-sworn civilian positions within the
Sheriff’s Office. This class is
distinguished from sworn officer classes in that persons in this class do not
carry firearms, do not hold peace officer status and responsibilities and do
not undergo peace officer training. The Latent Print Examiner class is
distinguished from the Latent Print Examiner Trainee in that the former
performs the full range of duties and testifies as an expert witness.
Receives/reviews automated or hard copies of fingerprints;
compares fingerprint cards and demographic information for identification
purposes; consolidates/purges fingerprint records and jail records as a result
of an identification; maintains and files fingerprint cards and fingerprint
evidence. Prepares fingerprint cards for
automated input into fingerprint databases using specialized California Identification
Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (CAL ID) and Santa Cruz County
Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) computer equipment;
evaluates, prepares and encodes latent crime scene fingerprints/palm prints for
automated print analysis using other fingerprint analyzing equipment;
photographically enlarges prints enabling systematic tracing of ridge
structures and points of minutiae; photographically reduces prints to
one-to-one scale; establishes potential identification of individuals from
computer generated list of potential candidates; makes positive identification
of individuals from the minutiae inherent to each individual; obtains inked or
automated fingerprints of adequate quality from suspects, victims and witnesses
for subsequent comparison and evidentiary purposes. Operates various computer terminals to
collect, maintain and retrieve offender records from several databases;
maintains appropriate files as required;
maintains communications with Federal, State, and local law enforcement
agencies and other identification units.
Gives expert testimony in court or formal hearings
regarding characteristics of latent fingerprint identification and comparisons. May prepare courtroom
displays and exhibits.
classification, search and filing methods.
print comparison and identification techniques.
Working knowledge of:
of identification, interpretation and preservation of evidence.
principles and techniques utilized in the classification of fingerprints
under the Henry System.
computerized fingerprint systems such as California Identification
Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (CAL ID), Automated Latent
Print System (ALPS), and Santa Cruz County Automated Fingerprint
Identification System (AFIS).
fingerprints and make latent fingerprint identifications accurately.
narrative and statistical reports.
with and without direct supervision.
fingerprints from deceased persons in varying states of decomposition.
oral and written technical instructions.
assigned tasks according to prescribed procedures.
in a safe and prudent manner.
to Sheriff’s Office code of ethics.
as a court expert on fingerprint analysis.
interpret and explain regulations and policies governing the gathering and
preserving of evidence.
and analyze data, to draw logical conclusions and make appropriate
with laws, regulations and professional practices governing law
enforcement services and operations.
accurate records and document actions taken.
regulations, procedures and/or technical reference materials.
confidentiality of information.
understand, and follow departmental policies, rules, instructions, laws
and maintain good working relationships with staff and clients.
Education and Experience/Training:
Any combination of training and
experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is
qualifying. A typical way to obtain the
knowledge and abilities would be:
Associate Degree (or documentation of 60 semester units or 90 quarter
units of college credits which include courses in English Composition,
Mathematics or Statistics and Biological or Physical Science) plus one (1) year full-time
experience as a latent print examiner
(1) year full-time experience as a latent print examiner trainee with Santa
as a latent print examiner by the International Association of Identification.
and physically capable of performing the classification’s essential
functions as summarized in the typical tasks section of this job
specification with or without reasonable accommodations.
require the ability to exert moderate, though not constant physical
effort, typically involving some combination of climbing and balancing,
stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling; and may involve some lifting,
carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate
weight (12-20 pounds).
Requires the ability to recognize and identify
similarities and differences between shade, degree or value of colors,
shapes, sounds, forms, textures or physical appearance associated with
job-related objects, materials, tasks or people.
Factors: Exposure to environmental factors
poses a limited risk of minor injury or illness.
May be required to work flexible hours, shifts, weekends and
holidays and be subject to holdover and callback duty; and to provide a
telephone number or means by which employee can be reached.
Requirement: Possession and maintenance
of valid Class C California driver license issued by the California State
Department of Motor Vehicles by the time of appointment.
Investigation: Ability to pass a full background investigation.
Bargaining Unit: 41
EEOC Job Category: 02
Occupational Group: 62
Workers Comp Code: 0285