Employment Opportunity

Fingerprint Technician

Pima County Sheriff's Department, Tucson, Arizona

Salary: $15.21 Hourly

Final Filing Date: February 26, 2021

This position, with required rotating shifts and rotating days, is in the Forensic Division of the Pima County Sheriff's Department

Within a law enforcement agency, incumbents in this classification photograph and fingerprint suspects, detainees, applicants, and sex offenders; perform inked-to-inked comparisons and identifications; process and enter ten-print and palm cards into the Arizona Fingerprint Identification System (AZAFIS); and register sex offenders.

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  • Enters inked ten print images and demographics into computer files;
  • Performs computer-assisted and manual inked print to inked print comparisons and identifications;
  • Fingerprints and photographs suspects, detainees, applicants and sex offenders;
  • Registers sex offenders and maintains Offender Watch database;
  • Files and retrieves inked fingerprint cards and security information;
  • Maintains required security and confidentiality of information encountered or created in the course of duties;
  • Maintains records and files and generates reports;
  • Communicates with other law enforcement agencies on fingerprint related matters;
  • Provides technical information regarding techniques and Livescan help;
  • Process fingerprints for department personnel and staff from other law enforcement agencies;
  • Assists in updating and establishing new AFIS system policies and procedures;
  • Testify in court regarding inked print to inked print comparisons and identifications and sex offender registration.


Knowledge of:
  • types of fingerprint patterns and their interpretation;
  • sequential filing systems and file maintenance procedures;
  • general office procedures.
Skill in:
  • obtaining legible fingerprints and palmprints;
  • computer data entry and retrieval;
  • maintaining complex record filing systems;
  • using standard office equipment;
  • using photographic equipment;
  • communicating effectively, orally and in writing;
  • establishing effective working relationships with members of the public.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Completion of training or course work in fingerprint classification from an accredited community college or International Association of Identification (IAI) recognized training program.
  • OR:
  • One or more years of work experience collecting or taking inked fingerprints from subjects using a Federal or State Automated Fingerprint Identification System.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • One (1) or more years of work experience performing fingerprint comparisons.
  • One (1) or more years of experience entering and processing fingerprints using an Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).

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Posted: February 15, 2021

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