Forensics Science Training & Education


view:  full / summary

Check "Resources & Links" for Jobs & Training Opportunities

Posted by Tina Young on February 15, 2016 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (3)

This is a quick reminder to check "Resources & Links" for the most up to date job postings and training.

IAI is the oldest and largest forensic organization in the world and their website posts various forensics jobs and training opportunities all around the United States.

CSDIAI is the second oldest largest forensic organization in the world and the first state division of the IAI - It's the California State Division.  Their website posts a lot of west coast jobs and training, especially in California.  Their annual conference is in May each year... check out their website for more information!

Should you ever have questions, feel free to email me at:

[email protected]

4/28-5/2/14 CSDIAI Conference Riverside, CA

Posted by Tina Young on January 26, 2014 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;}

The above computer jargan won't go away (sorry). 

April 28-May 2, 2014 -

California State Division of the International Association for Identification (CSDIAI) Annual Conference

Riverside, CA (Riverside Marriott Hotel) click on training for more info. 

If you're in Southern California and wanting to work in the field of forensics sciences, you don't want to miss this conference (you can even go for one day).


SDPD Latent Print Examiner Positions opens 3/29/13 for 4 weeks

Posted by Tina Young on March 15, 2013 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Passing a complete background check including a polygraphexamination is required prior to employment.  An online application forthe Latent Print Examiner I is available at the City of San Diego’swebsite.  Go to  and follow the appropriate links.

Please send or email a copy of your resume to:Attn: Tom Washington 1401 Broadway MS #725 San Diego Ca. 92101 [email protected]

The San Diego PoliceDepartment is seeking applicants for the Latent Print Examiner I.  (Opens 3/29/13, apply immediately as itcloses four weeks from the opening date)


The Latent Print Examiner I positions perform routine examinations oflatent print evidence to determine quality and identity; perform routine workin the comparison of known prints of suspects with latent prints; prepare andenter latent print evidence into an Automated Fingerprint Identification System(AFIS/IAFIS); prepare charts and other materials for presentation of evidencein court; testify in court; maintain logs and records of examinationsperformed; and perform other duties as assigned.


Latent Print ExaminerI: Annual Salary $49,462.40 to $59,716.80




EDUCATION: Youmust meet ONE of the following options:

1. Completion of 80 hours of training/course work on fingerprint or latentprint identification and comparison by a recognized law enforcement agency,P.O.S.T., F.B.I., Department of Justice or a recognized professional institute.

2. Associate’s Degree in Forensic Technology that includes college level coursework in basic fingerprinting and advanced fingerprinting.

3. Certificate in Forensic Technology that includes college level course workin basic fingerprinting and advanced fingerprinting.

4. Bachelor’s Degree in a physical science.


EXPERIENCE: You must meet ONE of the following options:

1. One year of full-time experience performing specialized identification offingerprints using Cal-ID or similar automated fingerprint identificationsystem.

2. 500 hours of experience (volunteer or intern experience is acceptable) in alatent print department setting performing fingerprint analysis or comparison.

3. One year of full-time experience identifying, collecting, photographing andpreserving evidence for police investigations.


• Experienceentering and searching latent print evidence in an Automated FingerprintIdentification System (AFIS/IAFIS).

• Bachelor’s Degree in a physical science from an accredited college.


CSO Position - Carlsbad Closes 11/26/12

Posted by Tina Young on November 10, 2012 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)

This is a great entry level forensics job because this position assists the crime lab & forensic technicians. If you're just starting your career and you have forensics & photography training, you should apply! Here's what one of the forensic techs at Carlsbad said about this Evidence Specialist / Forensic Specialist / Tech” but the CSO’s are a big part of the Evidence Team here. They process minor scenes (459’s) up to 211’s by themselves and they assist us with the Homicides. Also, they attend autopsies etc. They also write reports in the field. They are issued a Canon 50D camera to use. The only thing that they won’t get a lot of experience doing is latent print comparisons.… Personally knowing the job, this is an excellent position to get PAID experience under their belt.

Closing Date/Time:Mon. 11/26/12 9:00 AM Pacific Time


$1,574.86 - $1,914.24 Biweekly

$3,412.20 - $4,147.52 Monthly

$40,946.36 - $49,770.24 Annually

Job Type:Full-Time

Location:Carlsbad, California

Recruitment Timeline

Closing Date: November 26 @ 9:00 a.m.

Written Test: December 15 (Time TBA)

Under direct supervision, performs a variety of routine community service, paraprofessional and technical duties in support of police functions in assigned divisions of the Police Department; and performs other related work. This is an entry level class in the Community Service Officer series and employees assigned to this class normally have little experience involving police work. Community Service Officer I will be exposed to a variety of assignments and cross-trainings with the intention that the position is normally considered to be in a training status to develop skills, abilities and responsibilities of the next level in this series. Within one year from date of hire, employee Incumbents in the Community Service Officer I class assist in a variety of non-sworn responsibilities supporting law enforcement functions that are limited to duties of a routine nature, such as, clerical duties and occasional field work.

Key Responsibilities:

Receives and responds to citizen inquiries and requests for police services in person and by telephone.

Handling calls and communicating with the public.

Answers telephones, directs calls to appropriate divisional areas, and serves as a receptionist.

Photographs and fingerprints individuals.

Performs clerical tasks related to assignments.

Maintains a variety of statistics, police files and logs.

Coordinates and conducts police facility tours.

Conducts research and compiles information to support law enforcement functions.

Performs delivery and pick-up of: materials for court processing, police vehicles and equipment for service or repair, and department supplies as assigned.

Assists in the maintenance and deposition of stolen or lost/found property.


Knowledge of: General office practices including operation of standard office equipment including a computer terminal.

Basic record keeping principles and practices.

Basic vehicle maintenance tasks.

Ability to:

Understand and follow written and oral instructions.

Write clear and accurate reports.

Perform routine clerical tasks.

Deal tactfully and courteously with employees and the public.

Learn, apply, and explain departmental policies, rules, instructions, laws and regulations related to assigned tasks.

Operate computer terminal keyboards to enter and query information.

Experience & Education:

Any combination equivalent to the education and experience that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical background may include:

Equivalent to graduation from high school and one year of full-time responsible public contact experience. Familiarity of law enforcement functions is desirable.




10-Print Examiner in San Diego Closes 7/5/12

Posted by Tina Young on June 28, 2012 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (1)

Position Vacancies: Ten Print Examiner

Site: San Diego BSC West FingerprintCenter, San Diego, Ca

Company:  BAE Systems IT

Contractor for Department of Homeland Security

Position Description:Provides specializedsupport by examining, preparing, entering, searching, retrieving and comparingfingerprint images to make a determination of fingerprint matches.  Identifies the individual fingerprintpatterns and searches individual images through databases for possible matches.

Performs verification procedures to make apositive/negative determination of the new fingerprint against the fingerprintin the database. KEY WORDS: AFIS, MS office

Minimum Requirements: AA/BS degree (or equivalenttraining and/or experience) and preferred 2 years of fingerprint analysisexperience.  Experience operatingAutomated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS) is desired.  Proficiency with MS office required.  Position requires the ability to obtain andmaintain a government granted security clearance; US citizenship required.

Comments:  This is a fingerprint analysis position with the San Diego BSC West Fingerprint Center.  The hour of operations are 7/24 includingholidays. This position will work third shift and weekends.

Closedate: 07/05/12 Interviews held 07/10/12

Resume should also be submitted by fax to 858-609-2600 or

E-mailed to Jamie.Cr[email protected] 

Physical Address: (do not send mail)

9275 Sky Park Ct #150

San Diego, Ca 92123

 Point of contact: Jamie Craig 858-609-2669 

 **Studentswho are currently in an internship or have completed an internship withrelevant finger print analysis experience are encouraged to apply



SDPD Entry Level LPE Closes Nov 28th

Posted by Tina Young on November 7, 2011 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

SDPD is hiring an entry level LPE and LPE II.  Both positions close 11/28/11.  Here's the link for both jobs and below is the printed info for the entry level position (if it doesn't open after copy/pasting the link, go to city of san diego and click on human resources and current jobs): ;

Job Title:Latent Print Examiner I - T10115 Class #:1229 Closing Date/Time:Mon. 11/28/11 5:00 PM Pacific Time Salary:$23.78 - $28.71 Hourly

$1,902.40 - $2,296.80 Biweekly

$49,462.40 - $59,716.80 Annually

Job Type:Permanent, Full TimeLocation:City of San Diego, California  Print Job Information | Apply  

 JOB INFORMATION  Benefits  Supplemental Questions  Latent Print Examiner I positions perform routine examinations of latent finger, palm and foot prints to determine quality and identity; perform routine work in the comparison of known prints of suspects with latent prints; prepare and enter latent prints into an Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS/IAFIS); prepare digital photographs, charts and other materials for presentation of evidence in court; testify in court; maintain logs and records of examinations performed; and perform other duties as assigned.  

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: You must meet the following requirements on the date you apply, unless otherwise indicated. EDUCATION: You must meet ONE of the following options:1.   Completion of 80 hours of training/course work on fingerprint or latent print identification and comparison by a recognized law enforcement agency, P.O.S.T., F.B.I., Department of Justice or a recognized professional institute. 2.   Associate’s Degree in Forensic Technology (formerly Evidence Technology) that includes course work in basic fingerprinting and advanced fingerprinting. 3.   Certificate in Forensic Technology that includes college level course work in basic fingerprinting and advanced fingerprinting.4.    Bachelor’s Degree in a physical science. 

EXPERIENCE:  You must meet ONE of the following options:1.   One year of full-time experience performing specialized identification of fingerprints using Cal-ID or similar automated fingerprint identification system.2.   500 hours of experience (volunteer or intern experience is acceptable) in a latent print department setting performing fingerprint analysis or comparison.3.   One year of full-time experience identifying, collecting, photographing and preserving evidence for police investigations.  

NOTE: ·         Experience may NOT substitute for the educational requirements.  

LICENSE: A valid California Class C Driver License is required at the time of hire. 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS (MUST SUBMIT WITH APPLICATION):·         Proof of degree/transcripts, if utilized to meet the minimum requirements.·         Training certificates, if utilized to meet the minimum requirements.·         Proof of Forensic Technology Certificate, if utilized to meet the minimum requirements. Required documents should be attached electronically to your application.  If you are unable to attach at the time of application submittal, you must submit them as soon as possible via fax: (619) 236-6672; or to the Employment Information Center: City of San Diego Personnel Department, 1200 Third Avenue - Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92101.  Include your name and the title of the position for which you are applying.  

SCREENING PROCESS: The screening process will consist of a comprehensive evaluation of the application for applicable education, experience, and/or training to ensure all minimum requirements have been met.  Successful candidates will be placed on a list which will be used to fill position vacancies during the next one year.  For each vacancy, only those candidates with the most appropriate qualifications will be contacted by the hiring department for an interview.

 SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: PRE-EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS:  Employment offers are conditional pending the results of all screening processes that are applicable to this job, which may include but are not limited to the following:  confirmation of citizenship/legal right to work in the United States; completion of a pre-employment medical review/exam (which may include drug alcohol testing); reference checks; and a fingerprint check.  The fingerprints will be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and/or the California Department of Justice for a conviction record report.  Certain positions may require additional screening processes which may include a polygraph examination and/or background investigation.  All of these processes must be successfully completed before employment begins.  A positive test for alcohol, illegal drugs or inadequately explained prescription drugs, misrepresentation, falsification, or omission of pertinent facts in any step of the screening/selection process may be cause for disqualification and/or termination of employment.   Nothing in this job posting constitutes an expressed or implied contract for employment with the City of San Diego. 

MEDICAL EXAMINATION:  A City medical examination including drug screening and documentation of medical history may be conducted following a conditional offer of employment or promotion.  Medical condition must enable the applicant to perform the essential duties of the position.  The City of San Diego is committed to a drug and alcohol free work place.


Sheriff's Fingerprint Examiner - Closes Nov 13th

Posted by Tina Young on November 5, 2011 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The recruitment for Sheriff's Fingerprint Examiner is now open!


This is an OPEN recruitment.


The Department of Human Resources is currently accepting applications for Sheriff's Fingerprint Examiner

Further information may be obtained and on-line applications are found at the attached site:


(Go to page 2 and click on Sheriff's Fingerprint Examiner)


This recruitment will be closing on Sunday November 13, 2011.



Job Title:      Sheriff's Fingerprint Examiner - 11280110

Closing Date/Time:      Sun. 11/13/11 11:59 PM Pacific Time

Salary:         $36,108.80 - $43,908.80 Annually

Job Type:       Regular - Full time

Location:       County of San Diego, California


Print Job Information | Apply 



Job Summary  Benefits  Supplemental Questions



Are you looking for a way to jumpstart a career in criminal justice?  If so, this is the opportunity you've been waiting for.  The Sheriff's Department is recruiting for Sheriff's Fingerprint Examiner's to fill a vacancy that they now have available.  Don't let this opportunity pass you by - Apply Today!


As a Sheriff's Fingerprint Examiner you will be assigned to the Records & ID Division's CAL ID Unit.  Under general supervision, incumbents search, retrieve, classify and interpret fingerprint patterns utilizing knowledge and understanding of FBI, Department of Justice and AFIS fingerprint classification systems.  Sheriff's Fingerprint Examiners search records to establish whether a person has fingerprints on file or not, make positive identification, store, share, update and maintain ten print files and fingerprint records.


The minimum requirements are as follows:


Completion of course work in fingerprint identification from the FBI, Department of Justice, or an U.S. accredited college in fingerprint science (interpretation and classification); AND,


1. An Associate's Degree, or equivalent course work, from an U.S. accredited college or university or certificate of foreign equivalency in criminal justice or a closely related field; OR,


2. One (1) year of experience as a Sheriff's Records & Identification Clerk II with the County of San Diego; OR,


3. Two (2) years of experience in law enforcement or criminal justice agency that included one (1) year of experience performing fingerprint identification, classification by visual inspection and analysis of fingerprints.


Note: An original typing certificate for 30 net words per minute must be submitted at time of application.


Click here to review the complete job description, including minimum qualifications, example of duties, working conditions, etc.


In addition, the ideal candidate is someone who communicates effectively, is a knowledge worker, is customer focused, values and respects others, drives to excel, demonstrates ethical behavior and is supportive of change.


The names of qualified candidates will be placed on an employment list based upon scores received during the evaluation of information provided on the employment application and supplemental questionnaire.


40hr FP Course Dec 5-9 San Jose, CA

Posted by Tina Young on November 4, 2011 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Latent Print (Palm & Finger) Identification & Comparison Course


Dates:  December 5 - 9, 2011


Cost: $205



Who May Attend: This course is open to non-law enforcement who meet the prerequisite cited below.



Certified: California POST Plan IV


Location: The Academy, 4750 San Felipe Road, San Jose, CA 95135


Prerequisite:  Must have successfully completed the 40-hour Basic Fingerprint Identification & Classification course, or the 40-hour FBI Basic Fingerprint Classification Course, or an equivalent course recognized by the instructor.


College Credit: 1 Semester Unit


Course Description: This 5-day course is designed for those who desire to learn how to compare and identify latent prints to inked fingerprint and palm print impressions. Others who may consider this course would be AFIS and 10-Print Technicians and those preparing to become certified latent print examiners. The course will consist of lecture, demonstrations, and extensive hands-on practical comparison exercises. The comparison exercises will range from intermediate to challenging.  The student will be equipped with the essential skills and knowledge in regards to…


An understanding of the basis for the science of absolute identification by friction ridge impressions Familiarization with the various friction ridge formations and ridge flows found on the fingers, thumbs, and palmer surface of the hand "Roadmaps" to use to help locate and orient the latent print impression for comparison to the known impression Verification protocols, note taking, and documentation matters The initial elimination or inclusion of a suspect by fingerprints or palm prints Developing proficiency with the ACE-V Scientific Method to compare and identify partial friction ridge impressions Preparation of fingerprint charts with Adobe Photoshop to illustrate an identification to a jury The presentation of expert testimony in a court of law An understanding of what juries want to see & hear from a latent fingerprint expert Developing a list of “qualification questions” and answers to use when testifying as an expert fingerprint witness in the futureCertificates of completion will be awarded to those who successfully pass the course.


Fingerprint magnifiers will be loaned to the students. The course fee includes a three binder containing copies of reference material, practical exercises, and lecture notes.


Instructor: FBI Special Agent Mike Stapleton, M.A. (Retired)


To register: Contact the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium, San Jose, CA, phone number (408) 270-6458.


Note:  If you would like to be removed from my mailing list, please let me know.

Best regards,

Mike Stapleton

Stapleton & Associates, LLC

231 Market Place, Ste. 232

San Ramon, CA 94583-4743

Phone: (925) 999-9162

Cell: (916) 595-7557

e-mail: [email protected]

websites: and

Future Opportunities: County Probation Departments

Posted by Tina Young on October 3, 2011 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The State of California is making changes in corrections.  Counties will be handling many more inmates, which should lead to a great increase in hiring for Correctional Deputies and Deputy Probation Officers.  These are great career opportunities. If you don't live in San Diego County, or you plan to move, check out the county probation departments for your area.  Many people prefer juvenile probation over adult probation.  There should be many opportunities for both areas.  This is a great career opporunity that should be coming very soon... check it out:

Here's the home page to the County of San Diego Probation Dept:

Here's the Probation Department's website that describes each "" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">

Here's a job description for each, as well as information on student workers and internships (copy/pasted directly from the website):

Correctional Deputy Probation Officer I

Correctional Deputy Probation Officer I (CDPO) is the entry-level peace officer position in the Department.  The salary range is from $36,275 to $46,300 with premiums paid for certain locations, night shift work, and designated bilingual positions.  CDPOs help maintain order and security within the Department's correctional facilities, provide orientation to new detainees, and escort detainees when they are transported.  They also monitor meals, recreation, education, work project activities, and conduct inspections and searches.  They also calculate court-ordered detention time, maintain records and files, counsel detainees, assess treatment issues, and write incident reports.  They have limited peace officer status and often work late night shifts and weekends.

All applicants are required to pass a criminal and personal background investigation, a truth verification examination, and psychological and medical evaluations which include drug and alcohol screening.  Felony convictions are disqualifying and misdemeanor convictions may be disqualifying depending on the severity and recent occurrence of the conviction. Other requirements include meeting the guidelines established by the Commission for Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) and in Section 1031 of the Government Code.  Additionally, you must be 21 years of age at the time of appointment; have a high school diploma or GED; be a U.S. citizen or have applied to become a citizen; and have a good driving record with a valid California Class C drivers license.  One must also qualify to obtain a Class B drivers license for transportation purposes.

Deputy Probation Officer

This is the journey level class of the Deputy Probation Officer (DPO) class series.  With a salary range of  $52,520 to $63,835, DPOs handle professional casework for both juvenile and adult offenders, supervise probationers, and participate as working members of the institutional treatment and counseling teams.  Their duties include doing social histories of minors involved in the Juvenile Justice System; writing case history presentence reports/ investigation which help Courts make dispositions in both adult and juvenile cases; making plans for the rehabilitation of juveniles in both home and institutional settings; conducting investigations of adult offenders and supervising, counseling, aiding, and encouraging juvenile and adult probationers.

Eligibility for DPO is the same as for CDPOI, except for additional education and work experience requirements: (A) Qualified applicants must possess a bachelor's degree from a U.S. accredited college or university, or certified equivalency for foreign ‎studies; AND, either: (1) At least one year full-time experience as a Correctional Deputy Probation Officer (CDPO); OR, (2) At least one year ‎full-time experience in an equivalent position in the criminal justice system, providing functions of treatment counseling or criminal ‎investigation; OR, (3) At least one year full-time paid experience with custody and control responsibilities such as a K-12 teacher or first-line ‎supervisor in the U.S. military.  Student worker and Teacher's Aide experience is not considered qualifying experience.  You must ‎attach a copy of your transcripts. Education requirements of all eligible candidates are verified by the department.

Student Worker

The Department's Student Worker program offers full-time college students who are at least 18 years of age the opportunity to work with juveniles or adults in institutional or community settings.  Work hours are available nights and weekends in the institutional setting.  Students can work up to 20 hours a week, earning $12.56 to $19.12 per hour, depending on the number of college credits completed.  All Student Worker candidates are required to pass a local records clearance check.  Also, all applicants must undergo a medical examination and found to be physically suitable, including screening for alcohol and drugs.


Probation's internship program offers placements for college students who elect their internship in a criminal justice setting. This is an excellent way for students to gain experience and skills necessary to further a career working with adults and juvenile in the department.  The minimum time that an intern must commit to is 450 hours per year.  All interns must be referred by an educational entity and must pass a background exam and medical examination, including screening for alcohol and drugs.  For further information, please contact Darla Newman, 858-514-3130 or [email protected]



Job Posting: City of Long Beach Fingerprint Classifier Closes Oct 7th

Posted by Tina Young on October 3, 2011 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (1)

The City of Long Beach is currently accepting applications for Fingerprint Classifier, Closes Oct 7th:



$1,398.16 to $1,906.56 Biweekly

$3,040.00 to $4,145.00 Monthly


recognized fingerprint identification course, covering

classifying, searching, comparing and identifying partial,

single, multiple and distorted fingerprints (proof

required)*. One year recent active experience

identifying and rolling fingerprints in a recognized law

enforcement agency that uses the FBI method of

identifying and rolling fingerprints, may be substituted

for completion of the fingerprint identification course.

Willingness to work afternoon or night shifts, weekends

and holidays.

Proof of a valid Class C motor vehicle operator’s license

and a current DMV driving record must be submitted to

the hiring department at time of selection interview.

*Proof of required documents must be submitted

along with an application by 4:30 p.m., on October

7, 2011. Required documents must be uploaded to

the online application or included with a paper

application at time of filing. (See additional

information sheet.)


methods used and the ability to roll and identify

fingerprints for the purpose of identification. Computer


EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Under general supervision,

performs technical and clerical work in identifying and

searching for fingerprints via an automated fingerprint

system; searches and compares fingerprints with

existing fingerprint records to establish identity;

compares fingerprints in electronic databases and on

pawn tickets, citations and registrants (Narcotics, Arson

and Sex) to establish positive identification; prepares

fingerprint records for exchange with other law

enforcement agencies; processes paperwork for

checking warrants and clearing subjects for release;

rolls and compares fingerprints for court testimony and

may be required to testify in court regarding fingerprint

findings; occasionally rolls fingerprints of suspects for

identification purposes; performs other related duties as



Application & Supplemental Application………Qualifying

Written Examination…………………………………...40%

Appraisal Interview…………………………………….60%

A minimum rating of 70 must be attained in order to

pass the examination. Certification by score bands will

be considered based on an analysis of test results.


This information is available in an alternative format by

request at (562) 570-6202.

J.O.B. F07NN-12 LF FC 9/21/11

Applications available: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,

September 23, 2011 through October 7, 2011.

Completed application packets must be received in

the Civil Service Department by 4:30 p.m., October 7,

2011. Postmarks will not be accepted. Online

applications are highly encouraged.

The written examination is tentatively scheduled

for the week of October 17th. If you do not receive

notification by the hear by date of October 12,

2011, contact the Civil Service Department at (562)