Evidence Specialist Trainee 5707
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
An employee in this class undergoes supervised in-service training in the performance of technical fingerprint and photographic work to produce information utilized in trial proceedings. The employee visits crime scenes, accompanied by a higher-level Evidence Specialist, to gather latent prints and may perform aerial photography of the site. Evidence Specialist Trainees are expected to learn how to operate lasers and a specialized fingerprint computer. The appointment of an Evidence Specialist Trainee is limited to a minimum of one (1) year and maximum of three (3) years. Upon attainment of New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services LFE (Latent Fingerprint Examiner) Level II certification and at least one (1) year of continuous service as a permanent competitive Evidence Specialist Trainee, the employee in this class achieves permanent competitive status as an Evidence Specialist without further examination. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Assists in photographing crime scenes, evidence and fingerprints;
Assists in the evaluation of latent prints on evidence from crime scenes to determine suitability for future comparisons and entrance into the fingerprint computer;
Assists in operating the Automated Fingerprint Identification System computer to determine matches with existing prints in the system;
Assists in chemically treating evidence to expose hidden prints;
Assists in operating a laser so that chemically treated evidence will fluoresce;
Assists in videotaping crime scenes, including aerial photography, and confessions of suspects;
Assists in fingerprinting corpses and photographing victims of rape and child abuse;
Assists in developing and enlarging black and white and color film and prints;
Assists in enlarging, tracing, and reducing latent fingerprints for computer entry;
Assists in the preparation of reports and exhibits for court testimony;
Assists in maintaining the SCALPS fingerprint storage and comparison system.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Good knowledge of the techniques employed in locating, developing, reading, classifying and preserving latent prints for court presentation; good knowledge of the principles used in taking black and white and color still and motion pictures; good knowledge of the skills employed in video technology; knowledge of the methods used in developing, printing and enlarging black and white and color negatives and prints; knowledge of the principles and methods used in fingerprint classification; ability to identify prints; ability to restore decomposed or deteriorated friction ridges; ability to function under stressful conditions; ability to present ideas clearly, both orally and in writing; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
Sixty (60) credits from a New York State or Regionally accredited college or university, which includes or is supplemented by at least eighteen (18) credits in Criminal Justice or Police Science.