6C13

PAY RANGE: 13

 

FINGERPRINT IDENTIFICATION SPECIALIST 2

 

GENERAL DEFINITION

 

This is full performance technical fingerprint classification and identification work ; Employees in this class both manually identify and operate a Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) workstation to match unidentified fingerprints against law enforcement databases using fingerprint expertise. Work includes classifying, identifying and occasionally rolling fingerprints of prisoners and others. The class is differentiated from lower level classes by the increased emphasis on classification and comparison of prints and by the variety and complexity of assignments. Employees work on a rotating shift. Work is performed under the supervision of a Fingerprint Identification Supervisor.

 

ALLOCATING FACTORS: (The following conditions must be met for a position to be allocated to this class.)

 

         The position must perform fingerprint identification and classification work at the full performance level on a rotating shift.

         Positions in this class must be able to pass a local, state and national criminal background check prior to appointment.

 

TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)

 

Classifies the fingerprint impressions using the Henry System (including NCIC) and AFIS classifications; determines the fingerprint pattern by using a magnifying glass in counting ridges, whirls, deltas, arcs and other characteristics; notes the placement and direction of configuration within the pattern of the various characteristics; assigns a numerical value to each set of impressions according to a predetermined formula.

Compares classified fingerprint impressions with those in a corresponding class; narrows search by comparing accompanying physical description; matches fingerprints and makes or confirms identifications; searches national or state computer systems to match fingerprints with other fingerprints kept in data bases maintained by other jurisdictions

Rolls fingerprint impressions of prisoners, suspects, juvenile offenders and criminal registrants; works in the cellroom and processes offenders in the correct "book order" holds the prisoners hand in his/hers and separates the fingers, rolls each tip across the inking pad and onto fingerprint cards; is careful to obtain clear impressions.

Rolls fingerprint impressions of hospital patients and cadavers; may inject fluid into a cadavers fingertip or break a fingerbone to roll an impression with a decomposed or rigid digit.

Types a physical description and type of charges onto fingerprint, FBI, State, and other file cards; reads accompanying police or detective report and makes corrections in the crime codes.

Provides telephone information to law enforcement agencies; uses AFIS workstations to conduct database searches on suspect and arrestee fingerprints for various other law enforcement agencies.

Makes entries into and maintains critical file information related to fingerprints and criminal records.

Provides expert witness testimony in court.

Performs related work as required.

 

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

 

KNOWLEDGE OF:

 

         the Henry System of fingerprint classification and identification

         the techniques of rolling fingerprint impressions

         AFIS classification and identification

         the NCIC (National Crime Information Code) classification system

 

SKILL IN:

 

         rolling clear fingerprint impressions

         classifying and identifying fingerprints

         eliciting cooperation from potentially hostile and violent prisoners

 

ABILITY TO:

 

         roll, compare, identify and classify fingerprint impressions accurately

         match fingerprints and make or confirm identifications

         use an automated fingerprint identification system

         operate AFIS computer workstations

         operate a Livescan (Tenprinter)

         utilize standard computer hardware and related software programs

         establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates and police officials

 

MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE (The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests. Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based on training and experience requirements as approved on 9/12.)

 

OPTION 1

EDUCATION:

Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth school grade.

AND

EXPERIENCE:

 

Two years of full-time experience in fingerprint identification work, one year of which has been at the Fingerprint Identification Specialist 1 level.

 

OPTION 2

 

EDUCATION:

 

Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth school grade.

 

AND

CERTIFICATION:

 

Completion of a training program consisting of a minimum forty (40) hours of instruction in fingerprinting, resulting in a certificate issued by a recognized law enforcement agency or institution (i.e., Dept. of Justice, FBI, etc.) or a recognized professional institute (i.e., Ron Smith & Associates, Sirchie Inc.).

 

AND

EXPERIENCE:

 

One year of full-time experience in fingerprint identification work at the Fingerprint Identification Specialist 1 level.

 

OPTION 3

 

EDUCATION:

 

Completion of nine (9) semester units of college coursework at an accredited college or university in forensic science, police science or a closely related field that must include at least one course in fingerprinting.

 

AND

EXPERIENCE:

 

One year of full-time experience in fingerprint identification work at the Fingerprint Identification Specialist 1 level.

OR

 

Any equivalent combination of training and experience determined to be acceptable by the Office of Human Resources.

 

PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS

 

Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.

 

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND/OR CERTIFICATES

 

Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator's license as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prior to appointment and during tenure of employment as a Fingerprint Identification Specialist 2.

 

Must be able to pass a local, state and national criminal background check prior to appointment including a fingerprint-based check as required by the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) Security Policy.

 

Class Established 5/68

Spec. Revision 10/89

Latest Spec. Revision

CSC- 7/12

Ad. Board - 9/12

 

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