The work involves responsibility for supervising the staff and technical aspects of the latent print section and possibly other sections of the laboratory. Under the general direction of the Director of Laboratories, an employee in this class is responsible for supervising, training, and performing work varying in complexity and responsibility in the area of latent print development and comparison. The work is performed in accordance with Federal and State accreditation guidelines and departmental procedure manuals and guidelines. Supervision is exercised over personnel within the Criminalistics section. Does related work as required.


Supervises and assigns work to personnel within the section.

Conducts complex scientific analysis of evidentiary material in the field of latent print development and comparison.

Performs technical peer review of casework in appropriate discipline.

Performs administrative review of casework.

Performs quality control and quality audit related tasks including internal, external and/or blind proficiency tests; assists in the review and preparation of proficiency tests.

Develops and directs development of new laboratory methods and procedures used within the section.

Directs the training of new examiners.

Testifies in court as an expert witness regarding laboratory analysis and the significance of the results.

Researches technical journals, textbooks, chemical manuals and other source material to determine the best methods of performing analytical testing and to remain abreast of scientific trends.

Collects and/or supervises the collection of evidence on-site or at the laboratory.

Participates in public health preparedness activities as trained and assigned.


Thorough knowledge of modern and complex methods and techniques in the field of latent print development and comparison.

Thorough knowledge of the analysis, comparison and evaluation of latent prints as it pertains to the identification process.

Thorough knowledge of operations and activities of latent print examinations.

Thorough knowledge of the methodology applied in chemical analyses of physical evidence for use in crime detection.

Ability to supervise professional laboratory staff.

Ability to train lesser experienced co-workers and clients.

Ability to record, organize, analyze and present data with scientific accuracy and thoroughness.

Ability to analyze and evaluate information and to construct logical conclusions.

Ability to interpret laboratory analysis techniques, procedures and theories, orally and in writing, in a clear and concise manner so that the non-scientist may understand the significance of the results obtained utilizing these procedures.

Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.


Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with a Bachelor’s Degree or higher in a natural science, forensic science, criminalistics or a closely related field and six (6) years of work experience, or its part-time equivalent, as a forensic examiner in the discipline of Latent Prints.

NOTE: Education may be substituted for experience as follows:

A Master’s Degree or a Doctorate Degree (PhD) in a natural science, physical science or chemical science can be substituted for one (1) year of the required work experience.


Applicants will be required to undergo a State and national criminal history background investigation which will include a fingerprint check to determine suitability for appointment. Failure to meet the standards for the background investigation may result in disqualification

2/2009 Date Revised