#02076 Latent Print Examiner

PURPOSE: The LPE performs comparisons of friction ridge detail of latent prints, perform administrative and technical reviews, and report results in official and unofficial capacities.


• Interact with other forensic staff to ensure a high quality product of latent print analysis and examination. Analyze images of latent prints to determine value for comparison.

• Encode, launch, and conduct automated latent print searches using LD’s NGI system, or appropriate automated searching platform. Screen the results of the searches and conduct any necessary comparisons. Conduct comparisons of latent prints with known fingerprints, palm prints, complete friction ridge exemplars and other latent prints to determine source attribution.

• Author, review, and provide quality control of case notes, photographs, chain of custody, electronic communications, and communication logs. Prepare all required documentation for the case file relative to position, to include appropriate reporting mechanisms. Research, develop, and author whitepapers and information papers, as required.

• Perform verifications, blind verifications, and appropriate comparison checks, as directed and appropriate. Use current database(s) and software program(s) for evidence inventory, tracking, and flow; and, documentation for the case file relative to the position.

• Complete and pass the LD latent print discipline training requirements and appropriate latent print competency test within the time period as set forth by the BAU, as appropriate. Complete and pass a yearly proficiency test in the area of latent print comparisons from an independent external vendor, if available, or one created internally if no such external test is available.

JOB REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with at least twenty-four (24) credit hours in the Physical Sciences.

Applicants must be able to obtain and maintain a TOP SECRET security clearance issued by the Federal Government

Experience: At least five (5) years of recent experience as a LPE and previous qualification as a LPE in the FBI.

Skills: Basic computer skills, to include use of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook); organization skills; flexibility and adaptability to changing priorities; exceptional ability to analyze complex or challenging latent prints; verbal and written communication skills.

Certifications: Qualification in the latent print discipline by the FBI.

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