The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is seeking a Latent Fingerprint Examiner for its Forensic Science Laboratory. The Sheriff's Forensic Science Laboratory is an internationally accredited laboratory that provides forensic services to 36 law enforcement agencies, the Minnesota State Patrol and multiple federal law enforcement agencies.
Current Hennepin County employees who refer a candidate hired into an open competitive position may be eligible for a $500 referral bonus. For more information visit theemployee referral program page.
Location and hours: This position is located at the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Science Laboratory at 531 Park Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55415 in downtown Minneapolis. Work hours will be Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
About this position type:
This is a full-time, benefit earning position.
This position is internally classified as a Sheriff's Criminalist. Click hereto view the job classification specification.
In this position, you will:
· Utilize well-defined methods to perform routine forensic laboratory analysis and examinations of latent fingerprints.
· Process evidence for latent fingerprints using a variety of scientific methods and equipment.
· Safeguard evidence and maintain proper chain-of-custody.
· Ensure safety precautions and applicable standard operating procedures are followed.
· Encode, search, and register latent images to biometric databases.
· Prepare written reports that clearly convey the opinions and findings as determined through detailed examinations and analysis.
· Prepare court exhibits; provide expert court testimony on latent fingerprint examinations.
· Recover and identify human friction skin impressions from deceased individuals.
· Provide training to law enforcement and other staff on proper handling and collection of latent print evidence.
· Develop, validate, and implement new procedures and techniques as necessary.
Need to have:
· One of the following:
o A bachelor's degree or higher in forensic science, chemistry, toxicology, biology, microbiology, biochemistry or a field appropriate to the area of specialization.
o Five years or more of experience as an examiner/scientist in an accredited forensic laboratory.
Nice to have:
o As a latent print examiner conducting comparison work and evidence processing in an accredited forensic science laboratory.
o Examining physical evidence using equipment and forensic science techniques in Latent Fingerprint development and analysis.
o Presenting technical information and opinions to non-technical audiences in a clear, concise, and understandable manner.
o Applying scientific principles to the analysis of latent prints and processing of physical evidence.
o Preserving evidence integrity and/or maintaining chain of custody for evidence.
o Using ABIS/AFIS to conduct latent fingerprint database searches.
o Organizing, assembling, and writing detailed technical reports based on the results of scientific examinations.
o Using digital laboratory equipment, computers, and computer software to process, evaluate, compare, identify, and document latent fingerprint evidence.
· Ability to:
o Obtain Latent Fingerprint Certification if not currently certified.
o Qualify and testify as an expert witness in the courts of law.
o Present technical information and opinions to non-technical audiences in a clear, concise, and understandable manner.
o Work with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
o Complete Latent Fingerprint Examiner training to include latent print analysis and latent print processing techniques.
o Obtain membership to the International Association for Identification.