Forensic Print Specialist

  • Job Code: W2761
  • Pay Grade:WM
  • Pay Scale:$20.91-$37.84 Hourly; $43,492.80-$78,707.20 Annually
  • Exempt:No


Evaluate known latent prints and enter them in the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) to identify potential suspects.

Duties & Responsibilities

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

  • Evaluate latent prints for quality, reverse color, position, pattern, and finger number to determine their suitability for input into the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).
  • Compare latent prints to known prints using the identification protocol.
  • Write reports to document findings and conclusions.
  • Testify in court regarding known latent print identifications, procedures, and findings to facilitate the court's understanding of the print identification process.
  • Use Live Scan Equipment to reproduce fingerprints for comparison purposes.
  • Assist Fingerprint Technicians in the identification of known prints.
  • May be required to provide operational support during periods of local, state, and national emergencies in the fingerprinting and identification of decedents during emergency situations due to plane crashes and man-made and natural disasters.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge of basic Fingerprint Classifications Systems such as Henry, National Crime Information Center (NCIC), and Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).
  • Considerable knowledge of latent print identification techniques.
  • Skill in evaluating latent prints.
  • Ability to prioritize work.
  • Ability to follow established procedures.
  • Ability to work effectively with others.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to collect, organize, and evaluate data and to develop logical conclusions.
  • Ability and willingness to work with minute details over long time periods.
  • Ability to maintain technical expertise.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.
  • Ability to handle confidential information.
  • Ability to maintain work related records and prepare reports.

Minimum Education & Experience

  • A high school diploma of possession of a GED certificate.
  • Three years of experience in fingerprint examination with a law enforcement agency.

Additional Job Requirements

  • Attendance at the specified Sheriff's Office work location is required.
  • 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, head, and neck. Tattoos determined to take away from the professional appearance of the Sheriff's Office must be covered with an appropriate white, black, or neutral 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 background investigation including criminal, reference, employment, and neighborhood checks; polygraph; medical evaluation; and drug screening.

General Benefit Information

Benefits include but are not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage
  • Florida Retirement System and Deferred Compensation
  • Paid time off including sick, vacation, and holiday time
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Employee incentives for educational degrees and bilingual (Spanish) abilities
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Paid training