Dallas, Texas Police Department

Forensic Fingerprint Expert

Closing Date

Continuous - open until filled


$48,739.00 - $71,989.00 Annually

The salary listed on this job posting is the starting salary range; amount offered will depend upon qualifications.

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Downtown Dallas, Texas

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Position Purpose

Performs the most difficult and responsible types of forensic fingerprint duties in the Police Department. Trains and mentors lower level employees and provides technical oversight of all fingerprinting functions.

Essential Functions

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required to Perform Work

Thorough knowledge of rules of physical evidence in criminal law; Federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations pertaining to forensic science; theoretical and analytical principles of natural and physical sciences related to forensic fingerprinting; proper procedures and standard laboratory rules and safety precautions; evidence collection and preservation procedures.

Working Conditions and Hazards

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by personnel assigned to this classification and is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.

Minimum Qualifications


  • Bachelor's degree in a criminalistics, forensics, natural sciences (chemistry, biology, physics) or social science field.

Experience (must include all of the following)

  • Three (3) years of professional level experience :
  • Latent print comparison
  • Advanced ridgeology techniques
  • Latent print examination or utilizing Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS) in a recognized criminal/crime scene laboratory actively engaged in forensic sciences.


  • High school diploma or GED, plus eight (8) years of the required experience
  • An associate's degree in any field plus six (6) years of the required experience
  • A bachelor's degree or higher in a non-specified field plus six (6) years of the required experience
  • A master's degree or higher in a specified field plus two (2) years of the required experience
  • A current Latent Print Certification from the International Association for identification (I.A.I), will meet the education and experience requirements.

License(s) and/or Certifications:

  • Valid driver's license with good driving record.

Other Requirements:

  • Must pass intensive background check required (No Felony or Class A Misdemeanor convictions).
  • Must be able to detect, investigate, and give expert court testimony.
  • Must have or obtain certification as a Latent Print Examiner by the International Association for Identification (I.A.I.) within probationary period.

Knowledge, Skills, Ability(ies):

  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • MS Word/Excel or similar software skills
  • Ability to lift up to fifty (50) pounds

To Apply

Read the full job posting and apply on-line here.

For questions regarding the job, please contact AFIS Manager Susan Kerr at (214)-671-3830. Additional questions (214) 670-5915.