Santa Clara County, California Sheriff's Office

Latent Fingerprint Examiner III (CLPE)

Closing Date

Continuous. If the Final Filing Date states "Continuous", the application filing period may close any time after ten business days from the issue date of this job announcement if sufficient qualified applications have been received. Postmarks are not acceptable, therefore it is important to submit your application as soon as possible.


$44.28 - $53.57 Hourly
$3,542.16 - $4,285.68 Biweekly
$7,674.68 - $9,285.64 Monthly
$92,096.16 - $111,427.68 Annually


Under general direction, performs technical level work of unusual difficulty as a Certified Latent Print Examiner in fingerprint examination for criminal identification and evidence classification.

For more information, contact Tim Fayle at (408) 808-4744.

Typical Tasks

Employment Standards

Possession of and the ability to maintain current Latent Print Examiner Certification from the International Association for Identification (IAI) upon appointment.


Four (4) years of experience developing latent prints and analyzing fingerprints for identification in a public jurisdiction or law enforcement agency, two (2) of which include experience as a Latent Fingerprint Examiner II with Santa Clara County or equivalent.

Special Requirements

Possession of a valid California Driver's License upon appointment and the ability to qualify for and maintain a County Driver's permit.

Ability to work varying shifts (i.e. Day, Swing, and Graveyard), including weekends and holidays.

Knowledge of:

  • Methods and procedures for manual and automated latent print analysis, such as matching, processing, and comparison and identification techniques, including chemical, laser and physical processes;
  • Fingerprint classification systems, theories, principles and scientific basis for fingerprint identification;
  • Automated and manual classification and searching identification systems;
  • Laws of evidence, criminal procedures and courtroom procedures;
  • Safe work practices in a laboratory setting and at crime scenes, including related safety equipment;
  • Computer equipment and software associated with automated fingerprint identification systems, as well as word processing and other related computer applications.

Ability to:

  • Provide technical guidance to others in latent print comparison and identification and fingerprint classification;
  • Evaluate and review the work performance and monitor and maintain work flow;
  • Prepare latent print evidence for presentation in court;
  • Recognize and distinguish patterns that are necessary for latent print comparison processes;
  • Prepare and maintain all necessary laboratory records and technical reports;
  • Understand and operate automated fingerprint identification systems;
  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with representatives of law enforcement agencies and those contacted in the course of work.

Veterans Preference Information

Any veteran who has submitted a copy of their DD214 form, and received a discharge of other than dishonorable, from the armed forces showing service in any branch of the United States military will be given a preferential credit of five percent (ten percent for those identified as disabled veterans), after attaining a passing examination score for a numerically scored examination, as applicable by Memorandum of Understanding.

The Examination Process

The examination process may include one or more of the following: application review, application appraisal, preliminary competitive rating, performance test, written test, and/or oral interview examination.

This recruitment may require completion of Supplemental Questions in order to evaluate your education, training and experience relative to the required knowledge and abilities for the position you are applying for.

Your responses to the questions may also be reviewed and scored in a Competitive Rating evaluation process based on pre-determined rating criteria. Your answers should be as complete as possible, as no additional information will be accepted from applicants once the Competitive Rating evaluation has begun.

*New Hires shall be subject to a pre-employment criminal background check.

To Apply

An Equal Opportunity Employer