GPD Loses Fingerprint Analysts
Published March 5th, 2014
GAINESVILLE -- Investigators with the Gainesville Police Department now have to rely on outside agencies to analyze crime scene fingerprints following the recent departures of two longtime fingerprint examiners.
GPD's last remaining fingerprint analyst left the agency this week, leaving officers to rely on analysts with the Alachua County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Because both analysts had been with the department for many years, some experts believe their departures may be indicative of a larger problem -- one that boils down to pay.
"We are losing quality fingerprint examiners who are going elsewhere," said Jeff McAdams of the Fraternal Order of Police.
"We're starting to see good quality officers that are meant for the city of Gainesville, that were recruited for the city of Gainesville, that are going elsewhere and making $10,000 or $15,000 more a year," said McAdams.
McAdams says the salary the city pays these specialists is well below the national average and not at all competitive with other agencies, causing many of GPD's experts to seek employment elsewhere.
A spokesman for the State Attorney's office told TV20 that cases involving fingerprints could be slowed down if the city isn't able to make its pay more competitive.
GPD had no comment for this report. The City Commission is the governing body responsible for setting the salary of the department's fingerprint examiners.
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