Employment Opportunity

Fingerprint Technician

Nebraska State Patrol, Lincoln, Nebraska

Salary: $15.28 Hourly

Final Filing Date: June 19, 2019

This position is assigned responsibilities for the tasks related to the management of the tenprint and palm print repository of the Nebraska Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). These responsibilities involve various complex technical functions related to the forensic analysis of fingerprint and palm print impressions through the electronic and manual processing of submissions to maintain the integrity and accuracy of the database for the State of Nebraska, and indirectly, the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This position performs difficult, non-routine fingerprint and palm print image examination, interpretation, classification, analysis and identification and applies the laws, rules, and standards governing this process. This position also captures fingerprints and palm prints for the public, performs comparisons, and analyzes and verifies fingerprint and palm print images submitted for background checks and questioned identities, and provides instruction to the public and partnering agencies on the proper method of taking legible tenprint and palmprint impressions and completion of various fingerprint cards.

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  • Interpret, analyze, identify, classify, and verify fingerprint images through scientific methodology.
  • Scan, descriptor, and enter criminal and non-criminal fingerprint and palm print cards into Nebraska's AFIS.
  • Process and correct fingerprint and palm print images for quality by resolving all image errors, low minutiae, missing images, non-sequential image errors, and poor quality resolution prior to FBI submission.
  • Confirm and verify image identification or non-identification against an AFIS generated list of potential fingerprint matches, closely conducting a complex comparison of each image.
  • Conducts statewide training to criminal and non-criminal agencies on the proper techniques of obtaining quality fingerprints and palm prints, and completion of various fingerprint cards. May assist in the training of others in the performance of similar work.
  • Respond to fingerprint image requests from law enforcement agencies for investigative reasons and court case documentation; create and disseminate certified copy of fingerprint image documentation upon request.
  • Provides technical assistance and fingerprint and palm print image quality feedback to agencies using computerized fingerprint input devices and LiveScan machines.
  • On a limited basis, fingerprint the public for civil application purposes (foster care, teaching license, etc.) and individuals registering for Sex Offender Registration purposes. Contact with individuals registering for Sex Offender Registration purposes will also require DNA collection via buccal swab. Method of fingerprinting includes both traditional ink method and LiveScan machine. -
  • Attends symposiums, workshops, trainings, in-service training programs, and staff meetings to learn new concepts and further knowledge in the field.


  • Post high school coursework, training, or experience in entering, retrieving, and maintaining information in an automated or computerized record or database system.
  • Familiarity with the various fingerprint classification systems; training in an Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS); Basic FBI fingerprint training and/or FBI AFIS training course with certificate is desirable; college coursework related to fingerprint collection and/or comparison.
  • Also, previous instruction experience; working knowledge of the State of Nebraska's computerized record and database systems including; Patrol Criminal History (PCH), Justice System, Record Information Tracking System (RITS), and Nebraska Criminal Justice Information System (NCJIS).

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Posted: June 5, 2019

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