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Criminalist I (Fingerprint (FP) Examiner)

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Posting Details

Position Information

Posting Number SF00502
Job Title Criminalist I (Fingerprint (FP) Examiner)
Position Number 107924
FTE 1.00
FLSA Exempt
Position Type Professional Staff
Union PSA/NEA - Professional Staff Assoc
Pay Grade Level 11
Pay Grade Range $57,148 - $71,534
Status Calendar Year, Full-time, Permanent

Department Information

Department State Crime Lab
Contact(s)

Gail Henriques
Faculty/Non-Classified Professional Staff Recruitment
Office of Human Resources
URI


(Please note: Applications must be submitted online only at: https://jobs.uri.edu)

Contact Phone/Extension
Contact Email
Physical Demands
Campus Location Kingston
Grant Funded
Extension Contingency Notes
Duties and Responsibilities

SUPERVISES:

Professional, technical and other support staff; secretarial staff in the preparation of reports pertinent to their specialty area of the Laboratory; graduate and undergraduate students working in the Laboratory as paid assistants or as interns; uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers in the proper processing, collection and packaging of physical evidence involving fingerprints or photography at a crime scene.

BASIC FUNCTION:

Use instrumental, physical and/or chemical techniques to examine a large variety of physical evidence submitted to the State Crime Laboratory by municipal, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Interpret results of analyses, prepare written reports and provide expert court testimony in the areas of latent fingerprints/palm prints and/or photography.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Receive physical evidence. Review background materials submitted with evidence and pertinent agency regulations and other relevant material.

Consider the type of evidence received, time available for analysis, circumstances surrounding the crime, the requirements established by laboratory and police policy and general law, and determine the general approach necessary for effective examination of the physical evidence.

Research established methodologies and relevant literature to determine applicable methods to be used in all areas of evidence processing, including powders, chemicals, computer software and the use of alternative light sources.

Provide and/or seek advice concerning methodology problems in the specialty area to/from examiners in other state, local or federal law enforcement agencies.

Perform complex examinations of evidence utilizing appropriate techniques such as: scales, calipers, powders, chemicals, high intensity light sources (visible, laser, ultraviolet and infrared), computers, cameras, lenses and other lab equipment. Such examinations may include fingerprint classification, latent
fingerprint/palm print development and enhancement, fingerprint/palm print
comparison and identification, verifying and photographing evidence, including using digital imaging equipment, computer software, developing and printing digital images.

Interpret and evaluate examination results to determine their validity, scientific significance and evidentiary value to provide the most information possible.

Maintain instrumentation and equipment used for analysis of evidence. Determine analytical equipment needs for the Laboratory. Evaluate new instrumentation and changes in existing instrumentation. Recommend repair or purchase of new
instruments and/or equipment.

Prepare written reports that state the results of examinations. Perform technical reviews and verifications on casework of other Fingerprint Examiners. Testify, when required, as an expert in the specialty area(s): latent print enhancement, print comparison and identification and/or photography.

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Participate in crime scene processing when requested. Work with law enforcement and Laboratory personnel with regard to evidence procedures.

Communicate the importance of the examinations performed to law enforcement and Laboratory personnel and other interested individuals or groups.

Train and supervise interns and other Laboratory personnel on analytical techniques used for the examination of evidence in their specialty area.

Prepare and present lectures and/or laboratory tours on the functions of the State Crime Laboratory for specific groups upon request.

Maintain routine records pertaining to their specialty section of the Laboratory. Prepare periodic statistics on latent fingerprints, photography and related casework.

LICENSES, TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT:

Must have a valid driver’s license. Must be eligible for membership in an appropriate professional organization (e.g., IAI, NED/IAI). Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS).

Required Qualifications

REQUIRED:

1. Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years of professional experience OR Associate’s degree and a minimum of ten years of professional experience.

2. Demonstrated knowledge of fingerprints.

3. Demonstrated knowledge of chemical and physical techniques used to develop or enhance latent fingerprints or palm prints.

4. Demonstrated knowledge of the equipment used to compare latent prints to known subject prints, including Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS).

5. Demonstrated knowledge of principles of photography and photographic printing.

6. Demonstrated ability to operate photographic equipment.

7. Demonstrated knowledge of federal, state and municipal laws governing rules of evidence and courtroom procedures.

8. Demonstrated ability to provide photography testimony in the Court System of the State of Rhode Island.

9. Demonstrated strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills.

10. Demonstrated proficiency in written communication skills.

11. Demonstrated organizational skills.

12. Demonstrated computer skills.

13. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups/populations.

Preferred Qualifications

PREFERRED:

1. Latent Print Certification by a nationally recognized agency.

2. Demonstrated evidence of being court-qualified as a fingerprint identification expert.


ALL REQUIREMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO POSSIBLE MODIFICATION TO REASONABLY ACCOMMODATE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES.

Environmental Conditions

This position is subject to inside and outside work and extreme cold and hot temperatures can be encountered. The potential exists where noise and vibrations may be encountered. The wearing of protective ear and eye devices may be required. May be exposed to organic and inorganic chemicals related to the development and enhancement of latent fingerprints/palm prints. May be exposed to low-level radioactive material. May come in contact with biological fluids and associated biological pathogens, such as hepatitis B and HIV viruses.

Posting Date 09/14/2017
Closing Date 10/13/2017
Special Instructions to Applicants

Please attach the following 2 (PDF) documents to your online Employment Application: (#1) Cover Letter/Letter of Interest and CV/Resume, which should include the names and contact information of three professional references who are aware of the candidate’s qualifications.

Quicklink for Posting http://jobs.uri.edu/postings/2734

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Resume
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a Bachelor's degree and a minimum of two years of professional experience OR Associate's degree and a minimum of ten years of professional experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have demonstrated knowledge of fingerprints?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have demonstrated knowledge of chemical and physical techniques used to develop or enhance latent fingerprints or palm prints?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have demonstrated knowledge of the equipment used to compare latent prints to known subject prints, including Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS)?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have demonstrated knowledge of principles of photography and photographic printing?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have demonstrated ability to operate photographic equipment?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * Do you have demonstrated knowledge of federal, state and municipal laws governing rules of evidence and courtroom procedures?
    • Yes
    • No
  8. * Do you have demonstrated ability to provide photography testimony in the Court System of the State of Rhode Island?
    • Yes
    • No
  9. * Do you have demonstrated strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills?
    • Yes
    • No
  10. * Do you have demonstrated proficiency in written communication skills?
    • Yes
    • No
  11. * Do you have demonstrated organizational skills?
    • Yes
    • No
  12. * Do you have demonstrated computer skills?
    • Yes
    • No
  13. * Do you have demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups/populations?
    • Yes
    • No
  14. How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Public Job Posting
    • Internal Job Posting
    • Agency Referral
    • Advertisement/Publication
    • Personal Referral
    • Website
    • Other