Latent Print Examiner

Fort Worth Police Department Crime Laboratory, Fort Worth, TX, US


The Latent Print Examiner job responsibilities include:

  • Evaluate and process items for the presence of pattern and impression evidence (e.g. latent fingerprints, palm prints and footprints) utilizing various forensic equipment and methods, including but not limited to visual examination, specialized lighting tools and techniques, lasers or other specific wavelengths such as infrared and ultraviolet, and chemical reagents.
  • Apply scientific principles during the examination and evaluation of pattern and impression evidence (e.g. latent fingerprints, palm prints and footprints) to determine suitability for comparison and/or entry and search in various automated systems.
  • Encode, encrypt, enter and search unknown fingerprints and/or palm prints into various Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems; retrieve and compare a list of at least twenty (20) candidates for each print that is encoded and searched through each AFIS database.
  • Use necessary precautions in evidence handling to ensure evidence is not contaminated; maintain chain of custody on all evidence.
  • Interact with law enforcement agencies and officials, police investigators and the District Attorney's office regarding latent print analyses.
  • Conduct detailed visual comparisons of friction ridge skin (i.e., latent fingerprints, palm prints, and footprints) utilizing valid scientific techniques and digital image processing for the purpose of effecting identification.
  • Prepare, review and release written reports of conclusions and test data. Prepare and maintain documentation detailing latent print evidence items as received, examination methods and results.
  • Testify in legal proceedings as an expert witness.
  • Ensure all examinations and documentation records are in compliance with Laboratory Policies and Procedures and ANAB policies, procedures and guidelines.
  • Compile and maintain statistics on cases with latent print submissions and processing/comparison requests, quality of prints received/developed and case status.
  • Perform related duties as required.
  • Adhere to assigned work schedule as outlined in the Department and City attendance policies and procedures; ensure all behaviors comply with the City’s Personnel Rules and Regulations.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with course work in Physical Science or Forensic Science.
  • Candidates who do not meet the Education requirement, may be considered if they have more relevant work experience than the position requires.
  • One (1) year of relevant forensic laboratory/ latent print experience. Ability to obtain a valid Texas driver’s license. Provide a buccal DNA sample after date of hire.
  • Ability to comply with all Texas Forensic Science Commission requirements.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current International Association of Identification (IAI) Latent Print Examiner certification.
  • Current AFIS certification.
  • Qualified as an expert witness in court.
  • Practical job-related experience in the science of latent print.
  • Practical experience in latent print development and/or with an Automated Fingerprint Identification System.
  • Experience working in a forensic laboratory.
  • Familiarity with ISO 17025 and ASCLD/LAB Supplemental requirements and good knowledge of Quality Assurance/Control principles and procedures.
  • Successful completion of one or more recognized courses of study in the science of latent print.
  • Experience preparing reports for law enforcement agencies.
  • Good oral and written communication skills for lay, legal and technical audiences.

Other Requirements:

  • Final candidates selected for hire in the Police Department will be subject to a fingerprint/criminal history background check and polygraph examination.


Pay Range: $64,488 - $80,610 annual compensation

How to apply

Apply at City of Fort Worth website.