CITY OF PHILADELPHIA PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT
FINGERPRINT IDENTIFICATION SUPERVISOR
This is fingerprint identification technical work supervising and participating in the
activities of a fingerprint identification unit. The employee is responsible for supervising full
performance and trainee level Fingerprint Identification Technicians and for reviewing and
verifying fingerprint identifications. Work includes enforcing production standards, making
work assignments and maintaining files and records. Significant to the work is the performance
of complex technical assignments. Employees in this class work rotating shifts. Work is
performed under the supervision of a technical superior.
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
- Reviews and verifies correct fingerprint classifications; countersigns all verifications;
assists subordinates with the more difficult classification and matching.
- Reviews fingerprint impressions rolled by police and outside units; reviews latent
fingerprint impressions taken at crime scenes; evaluates and determines if those impressions are
acceptable for classification and identification.
- Reviews and evaluates the quality of work performed by lower level technicians and
makes recommendations for training needs; makes work assignments to subordinates; maintains
and enforces the unit production standards; initiates disciplinary procedures when those standards
are not met; distributes to and monitors and controls the work of subordinate technicians;
maintains daily, weekly, and monthly talleys and prepares statistical reports.
- May develop latent fingerprints by physical, chemical, and photographic methods.
- Corrects codes and other informational errors they detect on detective and other police
reports that accompany fingerprint impressions.
- Answers telephone inquiries from Philadelphia Police Units, State Police, FBI, and other
law enforcement agencies.
- Performs related work as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- the Henry System of fingerprint classification and identification.
- the techniques of rolling fingerprint impressions.
- latent fingerprint technology.
- classifying and identifying fingerprints.
- maintain records and prepare reports
- testify in court.
- 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 10/89.)
Or any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable
by the Personnel Department.
- Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth school grade.
- Four years of experience in fingerprint identification, two years of which shall have been
at the full performance level.
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 Supervisor.
PAY RANGE: 16
Class Established: 5/1968
Latest Spec. Revision: 10/1989
END OF JOB CLASS SPECIFICATION - 6C14