Latent Fingerprint Technician

City Of Indianapolis and Marion County - Indianapolis, IN (30+ days ago)3.1

Position is responsible for providing forensic technical services by processing physical evidence using current physical, chemical or mechanical techniques to develop ridge detail on items suspected of containing latent, patent, or plastic fingerprints, for Indianapolis and Marion County Law Enforcement agencies, in addition to State and Federal agencies, as requested.

Position Responsibilities
Collects biological materials from physical evidence, when applicable.

Assists in preparation of reagents for processing and conducts necessary equipment maintenance within the section. Provides results through a Laboratory Examination Report.

Ensures that the total work product meets all appropriate scientific, legal and accreditation requirements.

Assists in the development and implementation of laboratory and Latent Fingerprint Section scientific procedures.

Trains new employees and authorized individuals as assigned. Provides testimony as an expert in court when summoned.

Responsible for the evaluation of various types of evidence submitted by law enforcement agencies, to determine the necessary sequential process for developing latent, patent, or plastic prints, including but not limited to, porous items, semi-porous items, non-porous items, and adhesive items.

Digitally photograph items of evidence when prints are observed, using various lighting techniques, light sources, lenses and filters.

Collects possible blood or biological fluids through the process of sterile swabbing of specific areas of evidential items, (Touch DNA).

Ensures the proper handling and packaging of individual items of evidence, while following appropriate safety protocols, quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC) methodologies.

Preparing chemical reagents (some hazardous) for laboratory use, which includes maintaining reagent log books and inventory.

Provides expert testimony in court proceedings regarding the analysis completed and the significance of the results on individual cases. Preparation for testimony also includes pre-trial meetings with prosecution/defense and depositions.

Trains laboratory staff and/or authorized individuals in advanced latent fingerprint processing and photography techniques.

Assists other sections in processing of evidence to include photography and latent fingerprints, when requested.

Serves as a liaison between I-MCFSA and local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to ensure that technical support is provided, through electronic communications, telephone correspondence and personal meetings.

Assists Supervisor to develop, implement and provide technical guidance to all employees within the laboratory, to include QA/QC, in addition to the recommendation of practices and/or implementation of newly developed forensic processes. Recommends modification of practices and/or implementation of newly developed forensic technologies to supervisor.

The list of duties and responsibilities is not intended to be all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities that management may deem necessary from time to time.

A Baccalaureate degree in Biology, Chemistry, or Forensic Science is required. A degree in Criminal Justice, with science courses, will be considered. Five (5) years' experience in latent fingerprint processing techniques and ridge identification or crime scene processing will be considered as a degree equivalent. Law enforcement experience with graduation from a state law enforcement academy may also be used as a degree equivalent. Understand and have working knowledge of Have a basic understanding of digital photography and alternative light sources. Possess the ability to learn and employ safe handling techniques for biologically contaminated evidence, practice safe chemical hygiene, and handle evidence safely. Highly motivated, be able to work independently and be able to adapt to changes in techniques, evidence flow/volume within the section. Possess the ability to learn the proper use and maintenance of specialized equipment required to perform daily responsibilities. Must be able to establish and set priorities according to time sensitive information in order to have continued success in this position. Must be able to communicate effectively in oral, verbal, and written formats. Willingness and capable of completing external training as it relates to the position in order to incorporate new developments into laboratory casework. Possess the ability to maintain proficiency through annual proficiency testing. Must have the ability to make detailed notes describing evidence received; processes used; and trialing requests for forensic analysis

Independent Judgment
The Latent Fingerprint Technician is guided in judgment by Laboratory Policy and Standard Operating Procedures, as well as, all tenets of applicable law. Overall laboratory operation and safety procedures, proper reporting of accidents, and the ability to learn new skills to accommodate changes in techniques