The work involves responsibility for processing items of physical evidence for the purposes of developing latent print friction ridge detail (fingerprints, footprints, palmprints) using various physical and chemical methods. These latent prints are permanently recorded through the use of digital photography. An employee in this class determines the best technique to develop each specific print and may, if appropriate, conduct comparisons of latent or patent prints to inked prints. In addition, the work involves explaining analysis to a jury and providing demonstrations/visual displays. Under general direction, an employee in this class performs more difficult and complex examination of prints and impressions. The Latent Print Examiner II is distinguished from the Latent Print Examiner I by its responsibility for providing guidance to less experienced Examiners and the ability to handle the more difficult and complex cases. General supervision is received from the Senior Latent Print Examiner. Does related work as required.




Develops latent prints (finger, palm and foot) from physical evidence utilizing both physical and chemical methods (includes footwear/tire track).

Photographs developed friction ridge detail (latent) and patent (visual) impressions

Use of digital photography to record friction ridge detail (Morehits).

Performs evaluation of friction ridge detail for submission to ID section/SAFIS

Takes notes and writes reports.

Trains Latent Print Examiners I in technical procedures, handling of evidence and preparation of material for court testimony.

Determines methods of analysis to be applied by Latent Print Examiners I and supervises the work through review of findings.

May conduct comparisons of latent or patent print to inked prints or footwear/tire track impressions to known impressions.

Receives, stores and dispositions evidence.

Reagent preparation.

Performs QC documentation.

Attends meetings on-site and off-site.

Reads relevant materials and attends training sessions and conferences.

Appears in court to give testimony as an expert witness.

Performs instrument validation/evaluation of new techniques.

Trains Law Enforcement personnel and others responsible for gathering evidence.

Participates in public health preparedness activities as trained and assigned.




Good knowledge of operations and activities of latent print examinations.

Good knowledge of modern and complex methods and techniques of latent print processing using powders, chemicals and alternate light sources.

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

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

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.

Ability to make sound judgments.

Ability to demonstrate initiative, motivation and dependability.

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 two (2) years of full time paid work experience, or its part-time equivalent, performing work equivalent to a Latent Print Examiner.



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



09/2012 Date Revised