8253 - Forensic Latent Examiner II

Recruitment #PEX-8253-103714





This position may close any time, but no earlier than 4:00pm PST on Friday, March 27, 2020.

Appointment Type: Permanent Exempt. This position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive civil service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the appointing officer. This position has an anticipated duration of no more than three years.


The San Francisco Police Department is committed to excellence in law enforcement and is dedicated to the people, traditions and diversity of our City. In order to protect life and property, prevent crime and reduce the fear of crime, the department provides service with understanding, response with compassion, performance with integrity and law enforcement with vision. The San Francisco Police Department established in 1849, enforces the law and investigates crime in San Francisco, including the San Francisco International Airport. The organization has grown into a nationally known police department providing law enforcement services to one of the most recognized cities in the United States. The department operates 10 district stations, a crime lab and a training academy.



Under general supervision, performs difficult and complex fingerprint examination and classification of prints and impressions. The Forensic Latent Examiner II determines the general types of tests and examinations to be performed on physical evidence assigned to the Identification Unit. Collects evidence using established procedures, and independently develops, evaluates, compares and identifies latent prints. Operates all related latent print equipment and Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) systems of the San Francisco Police Department. All functions are performed in accordance to laws of evidence, criminal procedure, and court procedure and adherence to unit’s code of ethics.



1. Determine the general types of tests and examinations to be performed on physical evidence assigned to unit and conduct tests and examinations using developing powders, inks, chemicals, casting materials, photographic equipment or other special equipment.

2. Collect and transport multiple forms of evidence to and from various locations for forensic evaluation and chain of custody documentation and process evidence according to department procedure.

3. Identify, compare and evaluate latent, visible, plastic, and partial finger, palm, foot, or similar type prints or impressions through various mediums or other special equipment for difficult and complex cases in the department.

4. Encode and input data into SFPD ABIS, CAL-ID AFIS and FBI ULW / NGI fingerprint systems; use system results and printouts to develop probable suspects list and classify fingerprints for facility of retrieval by the different systems users.

5. Prepare clear and concise case notes and technical reports for department documentation of observations, procedures/techniques and evaluations; maintain regular, modus operandi fingerprint files and various records for department use.

6. Verify fingerprint identifications made by other latent examiners; provide guidance, training and technical assistance to less experienced personnel; comply with on-going state and federal mandated training of new and experienced personnel; and adhere to industry standards in periodic assessments and validating fingerprint processing.

7. Oversee the preparation of evidence and exhibits for presentation in court or formal hearings on latent fingerprint examinations, identification and related local criminal history and testify as an expert witness.


8. Act as a lead on special projects.

Minimum Qualifications

These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification.  Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.

1. Completion of 30 semester credits with a minimum grade of "C" or equivalent from an accredited College or University which must include at least: a course in Math; a course in English or Composition; a course in Chemistry (with laboratory sections) and a course in any Science (with laboratory sections).

2. Three (3) years of verifiable full-time experience as a latent fingerprint examiner or equivalent classifying and comparing latent prints including visible, plastic and partial finger and palm prints and 10 prints; operating latent print and automated 10-prints AFIS systems; and developing latent prints using a variety of chemical processes and testifying in court as an expert fingerprint witness. Experience must be equivalent to the City and County of San Francisco 8252 Forensic Latent Examiner I classification.

License and Certification:
3. Possession of a valid California Driver’s License

4. Current certification or ability to obtain certification within two (2) years with the International Association of Identification for Certified Crime Scene Investigator (CCSI)

5. Current certification or ability to obtain certification within two (2) years with the International Association of Identification for Latent Print Examination and Comparison

Additional qualifying experience classifying and comparing latent fingerprints as described above may substitute for the required education. One year (2000 hours) of additional qualifying experience is considered equivalent to the 15 semester units of college coursework in Math, English/Composition and Science.


Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

How To Apply

NOTICE: All applicants MUST attach verification of minimum qualifications to the application at the time of submission.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be attached to your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications. Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores. 

  • Fill out the Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire located within the application;


  • Attach PDF copy of your College Transcript

- Must include the school or university name and logo

- Must include course names

- Must include grades achieved

- Must include the semester/dates of coursework


  • Attach PDF copy of a verification letter from the employer on company letterhead

- Must include dates of employment (start-end if applicable)

- Must include the name of the applicant

- Must include job title(s)

- Must include the average number of hours worked

- Must include a description of the duties performed

- Must be signed by the employer and/or appropriate representative.

* Alternatively, you can submit copies of performance evaluations.

* Verification must show that you meet all criteria of the minimum qualifications.

* Verification will only be reviewed if the employer is listed in the employment section of your application.

* Resumes are not sufficient written verification.


  • Attach PDF copy of verification for valid California Driver’s License


  • Attach PDF copy of verification for International Association of Identification for Certified Crime Scene Investigator certification (if applicable)


  • Attach PDF copy of verification for International Association of Identification for Latent Print Examination and Comparison certification (if applicable)

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Stella Choi, by telephone at 415-837-7387, or by email at stella.choi@sfgov.org.  

Selection Procedures

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire:

Candidates will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online employment application. This Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications for this position. Applicants must also complete the official application. It is essential that applicants provide complete information in identifying their education, experience and training. The Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications.

Applications will be reviewed for relevant qualifying education and experience. Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the department will be invited to participate in the interview process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed an invitation to interview. Qualified applicants who are selected for an interview will be notified of the exact date, time, and place of the interview.

Background Investigation:

Prior to employment with the San Francisco Police Department, a thorough background investigation will be conducted to determine the candidate’s suitability for employment. The investigation may include, but not be limited to: criminal history records, driving records, drug/alcohol screening, and other related employment and personal history records. Reasons for rejection may include use of controlled substances and alcohol, felony conviction, repeated or serious violations of the law, inability to work with co-workers, inability to accept supervision, inability to follow rules and regulations or other relevant factors. Candidates may be required to undergo drug/alcohol screening, and must clear Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation fingerprinting. Criminal records will be carefully reviewed; candidates who do not report their complete criminal records on their applications will be disqualified. Applicants will be fingerprinted.

Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.

Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


Reasonable Accommodation Request:

Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#applicantswithdisabilities Applicants with disabilities who might need accommodations during the application and selection process should contact the SFPD ADA Coordinator Penny Si at (415) 837-7221.

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:

Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents:

Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:

All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Issued: February 13, 2020
Micki Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: PEX-8253-103714


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

For more information about benefits, please click here.

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