Latent Print Examiner II

Columbus Police Crime Laboratory, Columbus, OH, US


The selected applicant will join the team of four Latent Print Examiners at the Columbus Police Crime Laboratory.

Under direction, this position is responsible for fully-skilled latent print examination in the Crime Laboratory; performs related duties as required.

Examples of Work: (Any one position may not include all of the duties listed, nor do the examples cover all of the duties that may be performed.)

  • Performs examinations of friction ridge impressions using the ACE-V (analysis, comparison, evaluation, and verification) method and prepares technical reports on findings;
  • Conducts searches through Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) and other law enforcement databases (i.e. NGI, State AFIS) to compare unknown prints to known prints;
  • Handles physical evidence according to the chain of custody and laboratory procedures;
  • Prepares documentation and maintains required records for laboratory activities such as training, case examinations, reagent preparation, and maintenance or service on equipment;
  • Testifies as a latent print expert witness in court;
  • Develops and presents latent print training activities including laboratory procedures and examination methods to police officers, prosecutors, and community groups;
  • Reviews scientific literature, researches methods and technology, and recommends improvements to testing procedures as required;
  • Maintains work areas and supports laboratory safety and security;
  • May train other latent print examiners in the ACE-V method; participates in mock trials;
  • May serve as a project leader by providing guidance, planning, and reviewing work products;
  • May perform latent print processing on items of physical evidence utilizing various physical and chemical methods.


Possession of a bachelor's degree with some coursework in the physical or biological sciences (ten (10) semester or fifteen (15) quarter hours) and three (3) years of experience performing latent print comparisons. Substitution(s): Possession of a master's degree in forensic, physical, biological sciences, or a related field may substitute for one (1) year of experience.


$26.20 - $39.29 hourly, overtime eligible

The City of Columbus seeks to promote compensation strategies that maximize the recruitment, performance, development, and retention of quality employees in support of the City's Covenant and strategic plan. In addition to a competitive pay plan, the City offers a comprehensive benefits program that includes the following:

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Short-term Disability
  • Life Insurance
  • Wellness Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement

Specifics about these benefit opportunities and eligibility can be discussed with one of the City's human resources professionals at the time of your interview or by contacting the Department of Human Resources, Labor Relations Office at (614)645-7206 for further information.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted online using the link provided. All applications must include transcripts that demonstrate the minimum coursework qualifications have been met.