This is professional work in the evaluation, analyzation, and development of friction ridge detail which includes comparison and identification of latent finger, palm, and footprints. Work requires an advanced understanding and application of the theories, principles and practices of friction ridge examinations, usually gained through formal education, specialized schools, job related training or an equivalent level of practical knowledge gained through many years of hands on experience. Contacts require skills of persuasiveness or assertiveness as well as a sensitivity to others' points of view to influence behavior, change an opinion or turn a situation around. Work is subject to well-defined procedures, practices and methods in performing the work and latitude is permitted to consider which procedure or precedent to follow and in what sequence to achieve the required results. Work is performed in an office and laboratory environment and includes the operation of standard office equipment such as copiers, telephones, and personal computers and may include operation of specialized equipment such as magnification devices, digital cameras, light sources, fingerprint powdering stations, chemical fuming hoods, fuming cabinets and related chemicals. The physical demands consist of sitting or standing at a workstation for extended periods of time, utilizing specialized equipment on an ongoing basis, and occasionally lifting and manipulating light to moderate weight items weighing less than 50 pounds. In addition, the employee could be exposed to mechanical, biological, and chemical hazards associated with a laboratory environment. The employee will be required to utilize personal protective equipment to include eye protection, and specialized clothing barriers to blood and other body fluids. Latent Print Examiners work in a specialized forensic science discipline conducting examinations of physical evidence submitted by Law Enforcement agencies involving impression evidence. The position requires advanced technical, independent research and analytical skills to evaluate evidence. Examiner provides technical and expert witness assistance to Law Enforcement partners in investigations and the Judicial System. Evidence processing includes the utilization of technology such as the Biometric Identification System to rapidly identify unidentified latent print impressions recovered at incidents.
OPEN REQUIREMENTS: Three years of education from an accredited institution and/or experience in inked fingerprint identification. One year of which includes comparing and identifying latent prints.
OTHER REQUIREMENTS: The probationary period for this class is twelve (12) months. This classification performs safety-sensitive functions and is subject to pre-employment, random and other drug/alcohol testing programs as set forth in the City of Jacksonville’s Drug Free Workplace Policy (0401).
PROMOTIONAL REQUIREMENTS: All permanent employees who have served for one year in the class of Latent Print Examiner Trainee and have completed the twelve-month training program shall be advanced with probationary status to Latent Print Examiner.
LICENSING/CERTIFICATION/REGISTRATION: A valid Driver's License is required prior to appointment and must be maintained during employment in this class. Must qualify for prior to appointment, obtain, and maintain during employment in this class a City of Jacksonville Certification as a Public Driver.