Latent Print Examiner

Ideal Innovations Inc., Clarksburg, WV, US



  • Are you an experienced latent print examiner that is looking for a new opportunity to work in a fast-paced, high throughput environment that presents daily challenges to allow you to fully utilize your latent print examination experience as well as your multitasking ability? Are you interested in applying these unique technical skills daily in support of the Department of Defense (DoD) Warfighter? If so, the Latent Print Examiner position on the Ideal Innovations, Inc. Defense Forensic Science Center (DFSC) Examination Services Support (ESS) contract is the perfect position for you.
  • Working within a unique 100% digital environment, the Latent Print Examiners on the ESS contract work both independently and often as a team to work through individual latent print requests and/or routine casework.
  • The ESS Latent Print Examiner position is unique because of the unique mission that it serves. Given that the operation is a 100% digital operation, the ESS Latent Print Examiners play an important role in supporting DoD customers to search latent prints through DoD ABIS and often perform complex examinations on extremely fragmented friction ridge detail impressions. This requires experienced latent print examiners to transform and utilize previously learned non-digital comparison skills in a digital environment. The ESS Latent Print Examiners also are trained to perform facial and iris examinations in order to help serve on the ESS biometric operations as necessary.
  • The ESS Latent Print Examiner will be working on the front lines, performing latent print examinations, comparisons, and effecting identifications to help serve the DoD Warfighter and protect the United States of America.
  • The ESS Latent Print Examiner candidate will have the opportunity to hone their skills in using Microsoft Office Suite and Windows through day-to-day operational work. The ESS Latent Print Examiner will have the opportunity to become proficient in using Adobe Photoshop and FBI ULW to format and encode latent print images for searching purposes. The ESS Latent Print Examiner will receive unique training to become competent in performing facial and iris examinations.

Typical Day: The DFSC Biometric Operations Directorate (BOD) Examination Services section is a 100% digital operation. Therefore, the typical day for a Latent Print Examiner consists of working on a Windows 10 computer performing latent print examinations and comparisons as part of completing internal DFSC BOD and/or external customer requests and casework.

Tasks: Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Examination of processed latent fingerprints and evaluation of their quality for entry into the DoD Enterprise ABIS and other Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS)
  • Preparation of latent prints for entry into the ABIS/AFIS through digital imaging techniques to enhance and maintain the integrity of the images
  • Employ encoding strategies to prepare latent print search files for automated searches
  • Manually compare latent prints with candidate prints provided from ABIS/AFIS in order to eliminate individuals or effect positive identifications
  • Utilize a case management/database portal system to properly document case notes and metrics as well as prepare reports to communicate results to the submitting customer
  • Monitor queue applications to resolve Unsolved Latent Matches (ULMs)
  • Maintain digital Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Work Instructions (WIs)
  • Provide tenprint/facial/iris examination support, as necessary, to the ESS Biometric Examiner operation



  • Education: Doctorate degree and 1 year of related work experience, OR Master’s degree and 3 years of related work experience, OR Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of related work experience, OR Associate degree and 7 years of related work experience, OR High School diploma and 11 years of related work experience.
  • Must possess excellent/written communication and good decision-making skills, be customer and detail-oriented.
  • Must be trained to competency as a latent print examiner.
  • Possess AFIS experience.
  • Intermediate-level competency in Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Office Suite programs (Word, Excel and Outlook) is a necessity.
  • Must be able to successfully pass proficiency testing prior to and periodically during employment with the company.
  • IAI LPE certification is not required at the point of employment but must successfully be obtained within one year of eligibility.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Current certification by the International Association for Identification (IAI)
  • Experience using Universal Latent Workstation (ULW)
  • Additional Requirements:
  • Be willing to relocate or commute to the Clarksburg, WV area

Physical Job Requirements:

  • Meet the physical demands of working in a general office environment to include long hours working at a computer, either sitting or standing.

Work Shift Flexibility:

  • Be willing to work shifts (10-12 hours) based on a 24/7, 365 days a year schedule to include nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Candidates will have the option of working either 10- or 12-hour days for an indefinite period of time depending on coverage requirements.
  • Shift times are flexible and are up to the discretion of management based on the needs of the operation.
    a. Day: 5a-5p, 5a-3p or 7a-5p
    b. Evening: Preferred 5p-5a, 5p-3a, 7p-5a
    c. Rotating or set shifts? No rotation; primarily set shifts


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