Chicago Police DepartmentEmployee Resource E05-13
Application for Police Officer Assigned as Supervising Latent Print Examiner
Issue Date:21 February 2012Effective Date:21 February 2012
Rescinds:Version dated 3 April 2007; D07-16
Index Category:Career Development
I.Purpose
This directive:
  • A.delineates the duties, eligibility requirements, application procedures, and selection process for the position of Police Officer Assigned as Supervising Latent Print Examiner.
  • B.introduces the intranet application for Police Officer Assigned as Supervising Latent Print Examiner.
II.Duties
  • A.A Police Officer Assigned as Supervising Latent Print Examiner will be acquainted with the fundamentals of crime scene and evidence processing, as well as other relevant evidence handling procedures.
  • B.A Police Officer Assigned as Supervising Latent Print Examiner will:
    • 1.supervise and manage Latent Unit personnel under his or her command.
    • 2.perform technical reviews of case files for accuracy and thoroughness while coordinating work assignments within the Unit.
    • 3.perform all Latent Unit functions in an ethical manner.
    • 4.have the ability to use Foray Technology Digital Work Station.
    • 5.serve as a liaison between the Latent Unit, the Bureau of Detectives, and the States Attorney's Office.
    • 6.ensure that subordinates' skills are maintained by coordinating attendance at educational and/or training seminars.
    • 7.maintain evidence control and coordinates and prioritizes work flow.
    • 8.perform technical reviews of case files or latent reports.
    • 9.approve and/or disapprove reports and records.
    • 10.prepare monthly and yearly statistical reports along with activity reports within the Department.
    • 11.informs Department members of upcoming court appearances and court ordered subpoenas.
    • 12.document and record findings of latent print examinations.
    • 13.prepare latent print evidence for court testimony.
    • 14.testify as an expert in a court of law.
    • 15.stay well informed of innovations in the digital photography, science and technology of fingerprints, palm prints, and foot prints.
    • 16.receive latent, elimination and case prints via eTrack computer system.
    • 17.evaluates performance of members under direct supervision.
    • 18.interpret and administer departmental and unit policies to Latent Unit personnel.
    • 19.have the ability to use Excel, Power Point, and Microsoft Word software programs.
    • 20.makes suggestions to management for the implementation of Latent Unit procedures; and
    • 21.make recommendations regarding the procurement of new technology in the criminal identification field.
III.Eligibility
By the close of the application period, a member who is interested in applying for the position of Police Officer Assigned as Supervising Latent Print Examiner must:
  • A.be a sworn member below the rank of sergeant.
  • B.have a minimum of three years of continuous service as a police officer with the City of Chicago.
  • C.have a minimum of two years of continuous service as a Police Officer Assigned as Latent Print Examiner with the City of Chicago.
  • D.be able to perform the duties as enumerated in Item II of this directive.
  • E.be able to work any watch assignment.
  • F.have received performance ratings above the minimum rating score necessary to qualify for a step increase as defined in the Department directive entitled “Performance Evaluation System” for each of the last four performance evaluations.
  • G.have an acceptable disciplinary record. The applicant’s disciplinary record cannot reflect any sustained Complaint Register (CR) numbers during the past five years for misconduct resulting in a suspension of more than ten days or a record of three or more sustained CR numbers resulting in suspensions during the past five years.
    NOTE:
    Sustained CR numbers with findings of “No Disciplinary Action” will not be considered as sustained violations for purposes of this selection process. Applicants with pending grievances concerning discipline will be allowed to apply for the position of Police Officer Assigned as Supervising Latent Print Examiner. Such applications will be considered if the member’s disciplinary record is modified or expunged as a result of a successful grievance, such that the outcome of the grievance results in a disciplinary record that meets the standards set forth in this directive.
  • H.have satisfied all indebtedness to the City of Chicago.
  • I.not have been previously removed from the position of Police Officer Assigned as Supervising Latent Print Examiner for cause.
IV.Application Procedures
  • A.The application for Police Officer Assigned as Supervising Latent Print Examiner is available on the Department intranet. The application can be obtained from the Department’s “Intranet Services” main page by selecting Bureau Sites, then selecting Bureau of Administration, and then selecting Human Resources Division.
  • B.The member will choose “Supervising Latent Print Examiner Application” and enter his or her PC number and star number in the format requested. A confirmation page is displayed after the member has successfully registered and should be printed for the member’s records.
V.Selection Process
  • A.The selection process will include a practical examination (60%) and a panel interview (40%).
    • 1.The practical examination will include scenarios which may arise in the daily operations of the Latent Print Unit requiring the attention of the Police Officer Assigned as Supervising Latent Print Examiner. Essay questions pertinent to fingerprint and palm print discipline will be tested. Candidates will be tested on his or her ability to:
      • a.use Microsoft Word and Excel;
      • b.use Power Point; and
      • c.posses the skills to complete a To-From-Subject report.
    • 2.The interview will assess supervisory skills and insight along with the candidate's ability to prioritize work and respond to situations from a supervisory perspective. The panel will consist of the following members:
      • a.Commanding officer and lieutenant, Field Services Section; and
      • b.Director, Records Division.
  • B.A review of the candidate's disciplinary record and indebtedness status will take place at the close of the application period and again prior to the appointment to the position of Police Officer Assigned as Supervising Latent Print Examiner.
  • C.Eligible candidates will be notified of the date, time, and location to report for the examination.
  • D.Members will not be compensated for overtime when scheduled to report for any portion of the selection process during off-duty hours. Unit commanding officers will excuse a member who has been scheduled for testing during duty hours, provided that the watch commander/unit commanding officer was notified by the affected member at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled testing.
VI.Eligibility List
The five top scoring candidates who completed both the practical examination and oral interview will be placed on an eligibility list for the position of Police Officer Assigned as Supervising Latent Print Examiner.
NOTE:
In the event two or more candidates have identical final scores, seniority will be utilized as the tie breaker.
VII.Additional Conditions
  • A.Candidates must pass a drug screening and other appropriate tests, the scope of which will be determined by the Medical Services Section, prior to appointment to the position of Police Officer Assigned as Supervising Latent Print Examiner.
  • B.Members selected to fill the position of Police Officer Assigned as Supervising Latent Print Examiner must successfully complete a probationary period. A final evaluation will be conducted upon successful completion of training (i.e., ninety work days after detail to the Records Division, Field Services Section, and Latent Unit).
    NOTE:
    Should the period be interrupted by the member's absence for any reason, the evaluation period is suspended until the member resumes the duties related to training and evaluation.
  • C.If, after appointment to the position of Police Officer Assigned as Supervising Latent Print Examiner, a member demonstrates a lack of knowledge, skills, or abilities necessary for the assignment; is unable to perform the duties of the position; exhibits problematic behavior; or is physically or psychologically incapable of performing the required duties, the member will be removed from the position and returned to the rank of Police Officer Assigned as a Latent Print Examiner.
(Items indicated by italic/double underline were added or revised)
Garry F. McCarthy
Superintendent of Police
07-049/12-003 RDR[PMD]/MWK