Employment Opportunity

Trainee-Fingerprint Technician or Fingerprint Technician

State of Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Saint Paul, Minnesota


  • Trainee-Fingerprint Technician, salary $17.22
  • Fingerprint Technician, salary range $20.25 - $27.61 hourly: $42,282 - $57,650 annually

Final Filing Date: November 12, 2019

This announcement will be used to fill one vacancy at either the Trainee-Fingerprint Technician or Fingerprint Technician level. The classification level of the position will be based on the selected applicant's qualifications and responses to the interview questions.

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  • This full-time permanent position is assigned responsibilities for the tasks related to the management of the 10-print repository of the Minnesota Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).
  • These responsibilities involve various complex technical functions related to the forensic analysis of fingerprint impressions through the electronic and manual processing of fingerprint submissions to maintain the integrity and accuracy of the fingerprint database for the State of Minnesota, and, indirectly, the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
  • Fingerprint Technicians perform difficult, on-routing fingerprint image examination, interpretation, classification, analysis and identification and apply the laws, rules and standards governing this process.
  • Fingerprint Technicians also capture fingerprint images for the public; perform comparisons, analysis and verifications of fingerprint images submitted to the BCA for background checks or Questioned Identities.


Trainee-Fingerprint Technician Level
  • Associates degree in related field (i.e., criminal justice, law enforcement/policing, sociology, forensics, etc.) and work related experience equivalent to 6 months (i.e., courts, law enforcement agencies, corrections, forensics, etc.)
  • Critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Interpreting laws, written policies and procedures
  • Proficiency with software such as Microsoft Office, Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Criminal Justice experience and/or knowledge of law enforcement terminology and technology
  • Experience working with databases such as Criminal History and/or AFIS
  • Customer Service skills and the ability to work with diverse groups of people and diverse working styles
  • Proficient English skills
Fingerprint Technician Level
  • One year of experience performing fingerprint classification, including AFIS experience
  • Proficient English skills (speaking, writing and reading)
  • Proficiency with software such as Microsoft Office Word, Outlook, and Excel
  • Experience working with multiple databases (including Criminal History and AFIS)
  • Good Customer Service skills (phone, in person and public presentations) and the ability to work with diverse groups of people and diverse working styles
Preferred Qualifications
  • CJIS Certified
  • FBI Fingerprint Comparison Certification
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills and ability to work independently
  • Criminal History experience
  • Experience handling sensitive and confidential data
Physical Requirements
  • Requires occasionally moving and transporting such articles as file folders and small tools.
  • May need to maintain a stationary position for long periods of time while carrying out job duties.

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Posted: November 6, 2019

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