Arlington, Virginia
$47,985.60 - $89,377.60 Annually
Sep 16, 2020
Oct 09, 2020
Full Time
Position Information

Arlington County is seeking a Fingerprint Specialist 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 into various Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS) accessible to the Arlington County Police Department. In addition, a Fingerprint Specialist III will be responsible for verifying case work completed by other specialists and will serve as a lead examiner responsible for assisting and training other specialists in the unit.

Specific duties:

Fingerprint Specialist II & III :
  • Evaluating latent lift cards, photographs, or evidence for the presence of friction ridge detail;
  • Performing manual comparison of latent prints with known fingerprint/palm prints;
  • Encoding and searching latent prints against various AFIS databases (IDEMIA, NEC, ULW);
  • Preparing clear, concise, comprehensive reports and records;
  • Assisting the Commonwealth Attorney with questions regarding friction ridge analysis;
  • Testifying in court as an expert witness on all matters pertaining to friction ridge analysis;
  • Assisting with maintaining criminal/juvenile fingerprint/palm print files, including Henry Classification files;
  • Assisting with expungement orders;
  • Completing annual proficiency testing;
  • Providing instruction regarding latent print examinations to police staff and citizen academies;
  • Attending conferences/meetings and maintaining memberships in professional organizations to keep abreast of advances and trends in the forensics field.
Fingerprint Specialist III Only:
  • Conducting verifications of case work completed by other specialists; and
  • Assisting with the training of less skilled Fingerprint Specialists.
The ideal candidate will possess excellent oral and written communication skills, comprehends and follows detailed, highly technical, oral and written instructions, possesses professional knowledge of the principles, theories, methods and technical procedures used to process materials for latent prints, recovery of latent prints, visualizing/recording of latent prints and examining and comparing latent prints to known prints. They will also have knowledge and experience with an Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems, and with legal procedures and general rules of evidence in order to provide effective testimony.

Selection Criteria

Note: This position may be filled at either the Fingerprint Specialist II or III level.


Fingerprint Specialist II:
  • Associate's Degree in Forensic Science, Criminalistics, Criminal Justice, Natural Sciences (i.e., Biology, Chemistry, or Physics) or a related field;
  • Two years' experience conducting latent print examination; and
  • Completion of a recognized Advanced Latent Print course.
Fingerprint Specialist III:
  • Three years' documented work experience at the Fingerprint Specialist II level; and
  • Completion of at least two recognized Advanced Latent Print courses.
Substitution: Additional directly related experience may substitute for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred: Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following:
  • Bachelor's Degree in Forensic Science, Criminalistics, Criminal Justice, Natural Sciences (i.e., Biology, Chemistry, or Physics) or a related field;
  • Experience testifying as an expert witness in a court of law; and/or
  • Latent Print Certification.

Special Requirements

Candidate must successfully demonstrate competency by completing a latent print comparison test.

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.

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 pay range at the top of the announcement reflects the bottom of the range for Fingerprint Specialist II, to the top of the range for Fingerprint Specialist III. This position may be filled at both the Fingerprint Specialist II or III levels. Below is a breakdown of each specific range:
  • Fingerprint Specialist II: $47,985.60 - $73,299.20 / year
  • Fingerprint Specialist III: $58,468.80 - $89,377.60 / year

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


Do you have at least an Associate's Degree or higher in Forensic Science, Criminalistics, Criminal Justice, Natural Sciences (i.e., Biology, Chemistry, or Physics) or a related field?
  • Yes
  • No


How many years of experience do you have performing latent print examination?
  • None
  • Less than 6 months
  • 6 months to less than 1 year
  • 1 year to less than 2 years
  • 2 years to less than 3 years
  • 3 years or more


How many recognized Advanced Latent Print courses have you successfully completed?
  • None
  • 1
  • 2 or more


If you have successfully completed one or more Advanced Print courses, please list below the name of the course(s), company conducting the training, and the date completed.


Do you have experience testifying as an expert witness in a court of law?
  • Yes
  • No


Do you currently possess IAI Latent Print Certification?
  • Yes
  • No


Please describe your experience analyzing and comparing latent fingerprint impressions, encoding latent fingerprints into an Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), and providing court testimony regarding latent print identifications. If you have no experience in these areas, please type "N/A."


I understand that 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.
  • Yes
  • No

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