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Position Description

Forensic Service Technician
Working Title Latent Fingerprint Examiner
Department/Division Police - Investigative Division
Job Type Full Time
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Requisition ID:
Work Location:
Police - Leroy Drive facility
Pay Range:
G.17, $35,568.00 - $52,790.40
Starting Salary:
Minimum of the Pay Range
Work Schedule:
Day Shift, Monday through Friday (some weekends/holidays)
Part Time Hours/Wk:
Application Deadline:

Job Duties:

The Police Department’s Forensic Services Unit (FSU) provides crime scene response and latent fingerprint examination services to the citizens of Virginia Beach who have become victims of crime.  The Latent Fingerprint section began in 1987 and is the largest remote Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) site in the state of Virginia, averaging approximately 1000-1250 latent print criminal cases per year.  The unit is staffed by a supervisor, three latent fingerprint examiners and a public safety data services assistant. 

This position will be responsible for the following:

  • analyzing, comparing and evaluating fingerprint evidence associated with criminal activity under investigation
  • verifying findings through peer review
  • conducting proficiency testing
  • independently conducting complex examinations using accepted methodology, conveying conclusions in writing
  • testifying in court proceedings

Forensic Services Technician is the entry level position. Starting salary will be factored from the lower end of the salary range, commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Applicants selected for the Forensic Services Technician position will be eligible for career progression to the Forensic Specialist I position classification (10% pay increase) upon demonstrating competency and proficiency in processing latent fingerprints independently (typically in about two years). There is an additional career progression opportunity to Forensic Specialist II for those employees who continue their study and training in latent fingerprint examination and are recognized by the court as an expert witness in that discipline.

Official City Job Description:

There is currently no official City job description available for this position.

Minimum Requirements:

MINIMUMS: Requires any combination of education (above the high school level) and/or experience equivalent to three (3) years in fields utilizing the required knowledge, skills, and abilities and associated with such positions as evidence technician or related position or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be available to work overtime when required to meet operational needs. Must successfully complete a police background investigation, including polygraph examination. This position requires access to the Virginia Criminal Information Network (VCIN) and the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). The State Police who administer VCIN/NCIC require US citizenship or 10 year residency as a prerequisite for certification.

Additional Requirements:

DMV Transcript:  Not Required
CDL:  Not Required                                       
DOT History:  
Not Required                                                 
CPS Check:  Not Required
Physical:  Not Required    
Respirator:  Not Required
Polygraph Review:  
Psychological Screening:  Not Required

Attachments Required: 


Detail orientation, computer literacy and organizational/time management skills are essential. Certification as a latent fingerprint examiner (or progress towards this goal) by the International Association of Identification (IAI) is preferred. Experience testifying in court and work experience (paid or volunteer) in latent examination preferred.

Special Instructions:

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VRS Contribution:   All full-time employees are required to contribute 5% of annual salary toward their retirement account; in accordance with VRS retirement provisions. This will be handled through a pre-tax payroll deduction.  

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