Occ. Code 2523310
LATENT PRINT EXAMINER 1, GRADE 14
LATENT PRINT EXAMINER 2, GRADE 18
LATENT PRINT EXAMINER 3, GRADE 23
LATENT PRINT EXAMINER 4, GRADE 25
New York State Department of Civil Service
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CLASS SERIES
Latent Print Examiners are responsible for a variety of technical tasks associated with analyzing, searching, comparing, evaluating, and verifying latent print case evidence developed at crime scenes. Often only a portion of a print is left at a crime scene and the quality of the print is poor, making for a more difficult examination. Latent Print Examiners use specialized systems such as the NYS Statewide Automated Biometric Identification System (SABIS) and the FBI's Next Generation Identification (NGI), and Universal Latent Workstation (ULW) for latent print comparisons and identifications. These positions exist only at the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.
LATENT PRINT EXAMINER 1: entry level for the series; examines and conducts searches on latent prints retrieved from crime scenes using authorized systems and fingerprint cards; captures, enhances, and plots minutiae for active latent print cases using digital imaging technology; and provides courtroom testimony.
LATENT PRINT EXAMINER 2: supervises Latent Print Examiners 1; performs all of the duties of a Latent Print Examiner 1; performs technical reviews and verifications on latent print evidence; and resolves administrative and complex technical problems related to all latent print processes.
LATENT PRINT EXAMINER 3: supervises Latent Print Examiners 2; assigns cases to lower level Latent Print Examiners; performs administrative and quality reviews on latent print evidence; develops training materials; resolves administrative and complex technical problems related to all latent print processes; and provides training to latent print examiners and SABIS users.
LATENT PRINT EXAMINER 4: works under the direct supervision of the Latent Print Laboratory Director; supervises the Latent Print Examiners 3; manages the daily operations of the Latent Print Laboratory, manages and directs the case management, quantitative and qualitative analysis, comparison, evaluation, and verification (ACE-V) of latent print case evidence received by the Division of Criminal Justice Services; develops training materials; and provides oversight for the training given to SABIS users.
Identification Examiners 2 perform many of the same functions as the Latent Print Examiners, working with complete fingerprint images when making a verification or identification. Identification Examiners 2 also read and interpret criminal history records.
Identification Specialists 1-3 are responsible for biometric analysis to determine the identity and/or the criminal history of the individual in question for use by authorized agencies.
LATENT PRINT EXAMINERS 1: apply the principles of the ACE-V (Analysis, Comparison, Evaluation and Verification) Methodology in the performance of the following duties: analyze, search, compare, and identify prints, usually partial prints of poor quality, lifted from crime scenes; evaluate possible distortion of prints based on the nature of the surface from which the latent print is developed; perform quality determinations, assign fingerprint pattern and plot minutiae using SABIS and FBI NGI; issue reports regarding latent evidence after comparisons and identifications are performed; communicate regularly with police agencies to obtain information that may be useful in successfully making an identification; provide courtroom testimony based on latent print evidence; and provide assistance in training SABIS users.
LATENT PRINT EXAMINERS 2: perform the technical review and verify all identifications of casework received from submitting agencies; train and supervise Latent Print Examiners 1; process complex, delicate, and sensitive latent fingerprint cases submitted by user agencies into SABIS and FBI NGI; make final determination of the value and identity of latent prints; maintain a chain of custody for evidence received; assist Latent Print Examiners 3 in preparing and conducting training for Latent Print Examiners and SABIS users; prepare and finalize monthly reports and yearly statistical reports on latent prints; and may provide court testimony on latent evidence cases.
LATENT PRINT EXAMINERS 3: complete administrative reviews and verification on all casework; supervise Latent Print Examiners 2; assign cases to Latent Print Examiners in accordance with laboratory objectives; ensure that chain of custody of evidence is maintained; assist, instruct, and provide support in the administration of training Latent Print Examiners and SABIS users; mentor and evaluate court testimony for the Latent Print Examiners 1 and 2; may provide court testimony; troubleshoot SABIS and FBI NGI; assist Regional Sites with issues pertaining to SABIS; prepare technical reports containing analysis and interpretation of study findings and recommend courses of action; assist in researching, developing, analyzing, and evaluating operational policy and procedures governing the Latent Print Laboratory; and ensure that the quality management system is maintained and continuously improved.
LATENT PRINT EXAMINERS 4: supervise Latent Print Examiners 3; coordinate the activities of all user agencies to ensure correct and timely responses of their crime scene print submissions; certify that all outputs are generated within ACE-V methodology to meet expectations of the user contributors; develop and implement training for Latent Print Examiners and SABIS users; plan, implement, and coordinate the scheduling of all Latent Print Outreach presentations across New York State and the bi-annual Latent Print Regional/Satellite Managers meeting; prepare technical reports containing analysis and interpretation of study findings and recommend courses of action; prepare the budget for the laboratory; testify in a court of law as an expert witness in the field of latent prints; represent the Division at various State and national latent print educational conferences; and coordinate the implementation of new programs mandated by statute or policy.
Latent Print Examiners have frequent communication by phone and in person with police agencies, district attorneys, courts, and other law enforcement agencies throughout the State regarding latent print submissions to the Division of Criminal Justice Services. At the higher levels, incumbents communicate with key supervisory staff regarding latent print case management, ACE-V methodology, and operational matters.
LATENT PRINT EXAMINER 1
Promotion: Two years of permanent competitive service as an Identification Examiner 2 and have passed the current Ten Print Examiner proficiency.
LATENT PRINT EXAMINER 2
Promotion: Two years of permanent competitive service as a Latent Print Examiner 1 and have passed the current Latent Print proficiency.
Open-Competitive: A Bachelors degree or higher in chemistry, biology, physics, forensic science, or criminalistics, AND two years experience performing casework in an accredited forensic lab.
LATENT PRINT EXAMINER 3
Promotion: One year of permanent competitive service as a Latent Print Examiner 2 and have passed the current Latent Print proficiency.
Open-Competitive: A Bachelors degree or higher in chemistry, biology, physics, forensic science, or criminalistics, AND three years experience performing casework in an accredited forensic lab. One year of qualifying experience must have been at a supervisory level.
LATENT PRINT EXAMINER 4
Promotion: One year of permanent competitive service as a Latent Print Examiner 3 and have passed the current Latent Print proficiency.
NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe. Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class. The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written. Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.