Aug 21, 2018
Nov 28, 2018
Full Time
Position Information

Arlington County is seeking to fill two Fingerprint Specialist vacancies to support the Forensic Identification Unit of the Arlington County Police Department. This Fingerprint Specialist is responsible for receiving, evaluating and comparing latent fingerprints and palm prints typically in the form of latent lift cards and photographs to known prints of any subjects developed in a criminal investigation or case, and encoding latent prints of known or unidentified persons into various Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS) accessible to the Arlington County Police Department.  This specialist will serve as a lead examiner and will be responsible for assisting and training other specialists assigned to the unit. The Fingerprint Specialist II compares fingerprint images to establish identities and compares latent prints with fingerprints of suspects.  The Senior level compares latent fingerprints to computer generated lists of persons with criminal histories.
Specific duties include:

  • Performing manual comparison of latent print impressions with known fingerprint/palm prints;
  • Encoding inked and latent prints into various AFIS databases to affect an identification;
  • Testifying in court as an expert witness on all matters pertaining to friction ridge analysis;
  • Verifying the fingerprint identifications affected by other specialists;
  • Evaluating latent prints developed by the officers assigned to the Crime Scene Unit;
  • Assisting the Commonwealth Attorney with questions involving fingerprint matters;
  • Assisting in mixing and validating a chemical reagent (Ninhydrin) for the development of latent prints on porous substrates;
  • Assisting with maintaining fingerprint files for the unit.

Selection Criteria

Note:  This recruitment will be used to fill one senior level vacancy and to develop an eligible list to fill future vacancies at either the Fingerprint Specialist II or senior level.

Minimum Requirements:

Fingerprint Specialist II: Qualified candidates must have a high school diploma or equivalent completion of recognized basic fingerprint and advanced latent fingerprint training with at least 6 months of experience in the examination of latent prints using the Henry Classification System.  

Senior Level:  Qualified candidates must have a high school diploma or equivalent and significant experience in the examination of latent prints using the Henry Classification System, and the Analysis, Comparison, Evaluation and Verification (ACE-V) Method of fingerprint analysis.  
Substitution:  Additional directly related experience may substitute for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis. 

Desirable: The ideal candidate will also have one or more of the following:

  • Certification as a Latent Print Examiner (CLPE) by the International Association for Identification (IAI)
  • Experience using one or more of the Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems used within the United States for latent print or known print entry.

Special Requirements

Due to the sensitive nature of this position, candidates receiving consideration will be required to undergo a pre-employment polygraph examination and a character/background investigation conducted by the Police Department. 

Candidate must successfully complete a latent print test and a fingerprint sequencing test.

Additional Information

Work Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with flexibility for an occasional callback during the week or weekend.

The salary range listed above reflects the Senior Fingerprint Specialist level. Future vacancies may be filled at the II level or the senior level and will be based on experience, training and certifications. Salary range for the Fingerprint Specialist II level is: $42,307.20-$64,646.40.

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