Forensic Examiner

This is technical work in the field of criminal identification and laboratory work requiring specialization in fingerprint / palm print processing and examination. An incumbent in this classification exercises considerable independence in the performance of duties and receives general guidance from the Senior Forensic Investigator. 

Starting rate for this position: $24.7411/hour 

Examples of Work Performed: 

  • Collects known fingerprints / palm prints via ink and digital means.
  • Processes physical evidence for latent fingerprints / palm prints using a variety of light-based, physical and chemical methods.
  • Evaluates latent fingerprints / palm prints for sufficiency.
  • Analyzes, compares and evaluates latent fingerprints / palm prints using established scientific methodology to effect a conclusion.
  • Utilizes the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) and the Next Generation Identification (NGI) System for search of latent fingerprints / palm prints generated from criminal cases.
  • Maintains logs and statistics on processing / examination results and prepares technical reports based on findings.
  • Prepares latent fingerprint / palm print exhibits for court.
  • Testifies in courts of law at all levels of government as a qualified expert witness.
  • Provides training to WPD recruits 1 – 2 times a year, as well as other training as requested.
  • Examples of work performed are not intended to be all-inclusive. Additional related duties may be assigned as needed.

Requirements of Work: 

  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, representatives of other agencies, and citizens.
  • Knowledge of and experience in using modern light-based, physical and chemical methods to develop latent fingerprints / palm prints.
  • Knowledge of chemicals and mixing procedures necessary for processing evidence.
  • Knowledge of photography and photographic theory.
  • Ability to manually operate cameras and other photographic equipment and accessories.
  • Ability to analyze and compare unknown latent fingerprints / palm prints against known fingerprints / palm prints using established scientific methodology.
  • Knowledge of and ability to use the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) and the Next Generation Identification (NGI) System.
  • Knowledge of and ability to use computer hardware and software, including desktop and laptop computers and Microsoft Office programs, such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Knowledge of and ability to use Microsoft PhotoShop and other relevant software programs.
  • Ability to handle and manipulate firearms.
  • Ability to clearly and effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing.
  • May require the ability to operate an automobile and acquire/maintain a valid Kansas driver’s license.
  • Visual acuity that meets established medical standards, including the aptitude/visual acuity to effectively perform latent to known comparisons.
  • Hearing ability that meets established medical standards.
  • Breathing ability that meets established medical and safety standards regarding the use of respirator masks and other similar apparatus.
  • Ability to lift and carry bulky items weighing up to thirty (30) pounds.
  • Ability to tolerate airborne nuisances associated with chemicals.
  • Must not be impaired from qualifying as an expert witness and testifying credibly in courts of law.
  • An employee shall not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals in the workplace.

Required Experience and Training: 

Graduation from a four (4) year college with a degree in Criminal Justice, Forensic Science or a related field plus two (2) years of apprenticeship, internship or otherwise related latent print examination experience. Latent Print certification through the International Association for Identification (IAI) is highly preferred. An equivalent combination of education, experience and training may also be considered. Candidates must be a United States citizen and pass an extensive criminal background check. Offers of employment will be made contingent upon passing a pre-employment physical, drug screening and polygraph examination, as well as the ability to demonstrate an aptitude/acuity for latent print analysis, comparison and evaluation to effect a conclusion.


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