Latent Print Examiner

    • Job Tracking ID: 512788-788484
    • Job Location: Houston, TX
    • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: September 03, 2021
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

The Latent Print Examiner will process evidence submitted to the Latent Print Section utilizing various chemical and physical techniques for the development of friction ridge impressions. He/she will utilize various light sources and lasers to examine evidence for the detection of latent impressions. The examiner will also use digital capture equipment to record friction ridges developed. The applicant will be responsible for utilizing sound judgment on the application of correct sequential processing procedures and also be proficient at mixing various reagents in compliance with standard operating procedures. The Latent Print Examiner will document, evaluate, analyze and preserve custody of friction ridge evidence, utilizing various comparison techniques. He/she will conduct computerized database searches, as well as update databases as necessary. The successful applicant will utilize methods and equipment to enhance latent print evidence. In addition, he/she will compose and/or complete supplemental reports and provide documentation of analysis, provide information to investigators and transport evidence and/or property to storage locations and/or criminal court. The Latent Print Examiner will also assist other law information agencies in comparative analysis and may testify as an expert witness.

Experience and Skills:


The position requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in a field related to the job.

The successful applicant(s) must be able to obtain a Certification as a Latent Print Examiner with the International Association for Identification (IAI) within 12 months from date of hire.


A minimum of two years’ experience in a forensic laboratory as a latent print examiner required. Experience may be substituted for educational requirements. Prior experience in processing physical evidence utilizing various sequential processing techniques is strongly preferred.


  • Knowledge of latent print practice and procedure.
  • Knowledge of evidentiary processing techniques for latent impression evidence.
  • Knowledge and use of photography/digital capturing systems and techniques.
  • Knowledge of crime scene policy and procedure.
  • Demonstrated skill in oral and written communication. Demonstrated skill in using computers and related software applications.
  • Demonstrated skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing work assignments.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively handle conflict and uncertain situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with frequent interruptions and changing priorities.

Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective communications and working relationships with internal and external customers.


Houston Forensic Science Center offers a competitive salary and benefit package.