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About Position

Examine, classify, and file fingerprints using the Henry Classification System, National Crime Information Center (NCIC), and Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) to identify offenders, suspected offenders, unknown, or deceased persons or to verify identity.

Duties & Responsibilities

Note: Depending on assigned responsibilities, employees may perform some or all of the duties below.

  • Examine, classify, and file fingerprints using the Henry Classification System, National Crime Information Center (NCIC), and the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) to identify offenders, suspected offenders, unknown, or deceased persons.
  • Perform inquiries into local, state, or federal criminal information systems to verify offender’s identity, history, or outstanding warrants.
  • Provide local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies or departments copies of fingerprints, photographs, or arrest records to assist them in investigations.
  • Take records and maintain fingerprints, palm prints, and foot print impressions of offenders and of persons requiring fingerprint verification; maintain related name indexes and criminal history files.
  • Investigate citizen complaints of wrongful name use, compare documents and fingerprints to ensure correct identity, and provide documentation to avoid wrongful arrests.
  • Operate and perform limited maintenance of video-imaging system, live-scan fingerprinting system, and automated fingerprint identification system equipment.
  • Assist in the training of less qualified or experienced employees.
  • Perform limited photo-print processing.
  • Compile data to prepare documents and reports.
  • Testify in court to facilitate the understanding of print examinations, identifications, classifications, and filing procedures and actions.
  • Chemically process paper products (evidence) in an effort to develop latent prints for comparison.
  • May be required to provide operational support during periods of local, state, and national emergencies in the fingerprinting of decedents during emergency situations due to plane crashes, man-made, and natural disasters.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Working knowledge of the Henry, NCIC, and AFIS Fingerprint Classification Systems.
  • Working knowledge of the science of fingerprint identification.
  • Working knowledge of alphabetic and numeric filing systems.
  • Working knowledge of various computer systems used in the identification of fingerprints.
  • Working knowledge of court procedures.
  • Some knowledge of photographic equipment operation.
  • Skill in making contact photos and print processing.
  • Skill in the operation of video-imaging and live-scan fingerprinting equipment and computer terminals.
  • Skill in taking quality finger, palm, and foot prints.
  • Skill in examining, identifying, comparing, and matching fingerprints.
  • Skill in chemically processing paper products (evidence) for latent print development.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to collect, organize, and evaluate data and to develop logical conclusions.
  • Ability to accurately sort, file, and/or retrieve material using alphabetical, numerical, and chronological systems.
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions.
  • Ability to handle confidential information.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.
  • Ability and willingness to work outside in a subtropical climate under adverse weather conditions as required.

Required Minimum Education & Experience

  • A high school diploma or possession of a GED certificate.
  • Two years of experience classifying or identifying fingerprints using either the Henry Fingerprint Classification System or an automated fingerprint system.
  • Successful completion of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Fingerprint Specialist Trainee program.

Additional Job Requirements

  • Mandatory attendance to the job assignment location is required. Failure to report to the location in accordance with Sheriff's Office Standard Operating Procedures may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal. 
  • Depending on assignment, employees may be required to possess a valid Florida Driver License at time of employment. Driving history will be thoroughly reviewed and may be grounds for disqualification.
  • No visible tattoos on face. Tattoos on hands, neck, or arms must be covered with white, black, or neutral colored covering.
  • No illegal drug sale within lifetime.
  • No illegal drug use within the past 36 months. No marijuana use within the last 12 months.
  • No felony convictions within lifetime.
  • No misdemeanor convictions involving perjury, false statement, or domestic violence within lifetime.
  • No dishonorable discharge from any branch of the United States Armed Forces, the United States Coast Guard, National Guard, or Reserve Forces.
  • Successful completion of a criminal background investigation including polygraph; reference, employment, and neighborhood checks; medical evaluation; and drug screening.

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