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Recruitment #19-000254-0001






MSP Forensic Sciences Division

221 Milford Mill Road

Pikesville, MD 21208

Main Purpose of Job

This position is in the Maryland State Police Latent Print / Impressions Unit and performs scientific forensic examinations for and of, latent friction ridge impressions. It compares impressions to known exemplars for purposes of determining whether or not they originated from the same source and testifies in a court of law as an expert witness to findings and opinions. The position maintains professionalism and competency through continued education and proficiency testing.


Education: A Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, genetics, medical technology, pharmaceutical science, criminal justice or related physical, natural or forensic science from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Three years of experience in comparative analysis or scientific evaluation of evidence including experience in providing testimony as an expert witness in moot or criminal court.

Notes: 1. Additional experience performing comparative analysis or scientific evaluation of evidence to include experience in providing expert testimony may be substituted on a year for year basis for the required education.

2. Possession of a Master’s degree in the above physical, natural or forensic sciences from an accredited college or university may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

3. Possession of a doctorate in the above physical, natural or forensic sciences from an accredited college or university may be substituted for two years of the required experience.


Education:  If using a bachelor's degree to satisfy the educational requirement, completed coursework must include at least 24 credits in a physical, natural or forensic science to include laboratory components.


1.  Experience conducting forensic casework analysis of latent print impressions including: developing, preserving, recovering and imaging latent prints from a variety of surfaces: examining latent print impressions and comparing with known exemplars to render a source determination

2. Experience using an automated fingerprint identification system (AFIS)

3.  Certification through the International Association for Identification


1. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.

2. Persons appointed to this classification must possess the certification or license required by the governing body of the forensic discipline associated with the job duties for the specific position. Specific information concerning the requirements and procedures of the applicable governing body can be obtained from the personnel office of the Maryland Department of State Police, 1201 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, MD 21208.


1. Employees are subject to call 24 hours a day and, therefore, are required to provide the agency with a telephone or pager number where they can be reached.

2. Employees in this classification are subject to random substance abuse testing in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulation 17.04.09, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs.

3. In accordance with Section 2-204 (b) (6) of the Public Safety Article, candidates for positions in this classification will be subject to an initial drug screening, a physical examination, submission of a DNA sample, and a complete criminal background investigation, to include a polygraph examination before permanent appointment can be made. A criminal conviction may be grounds for rejection of the candidate.


The selection for this process will involve a review of each application.  Applicants who meet the minimum and selective qualifications will be placed on an eligible list in the BEST, BETTER or QUALIFIED category.  The list will be used by the hiring manager to select the individual to fill the vacancy,  The list will be valid for one year.



NOTE: Currently, applicants are limited to uploading one file.  As a result, it is strongly urged that those applying upload ALL required and additional documents (undergraduate and graduate transcripts, resumes, etc.) as one file

If you are unable to apply online, you may submit an application via mail.  The Maryland State Application Form can be found online.

Completed applications, required documentation and any required addendums may be mailed to:

Maryland State Police

Human Resources Division

1201 Reisterstown Road

Pikesville, MD 21208

ATTN: R. Bruce Tanner

Questions or concerns regarding this recruitment may be sent to the following e-mail address:


It is the policy of the Maryland State Police to comply with all applicable federal and state laws prohibiting employment discrimination and to provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, gender, identity and expression, genetic information, marital status, mental or physical disability, national origin, race, religious affiliation, belief or opinion, sex, sexual orientation or any other protected status.