Employment Opportunity

Senior Fingerprint Examiner

San Diego County Sheriff, San Diego, California

Salary: $50,544.00 - $62,088.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

Sheriff's Senior Fingerprint Examiners are first-line supervisors on an assigned shift. Senior Fingerprint Examiners report to a Sheriff's Operations Supervisor and are responsible for performing the most technical fingerprint pattern analysis and classification work, performing quality assurance fingerprint work, writing procedures for technical and workflow operations and schedules, and training and evaluating assigned subordinates. This class differs from the next higher class, Sheriff's Operations Supervisor in that the latter is a second level supervisor responsible for multiple units and major functions within the Records Division.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


Essential Functions:
  • Supervises, schedules, trains, reviews and evaluates the work of assigned subordinates.
  • Processes non-routine and special circumstance information requests.
  • Performs the most difficult pattern analysis and records updates.
  • Attends administrative meetings and training sessions.
  • Writes procedures for technical workflow operations.
  • Processes fingerprints by searching automated databases for matches to verify fingerprints with any previous file of arrestees or applicants.
  • Establishes positive identification using point-by-point comparison of minutia within individual fingers or establishes that the subject has no prints on file.
  • Establishes new files and codes fingerprint cards using Henry and NCIC classification systems.
  • Enters, updates, stores, retrieves information, and fingerprints from the CAL-ID system.
  • Analyzes fingerprint patterns, blocking patterns, and sets or corrects core and axis on fingerprints using the automated and manual (CAFIS) fingerprint programs, fingerprint input monitor, fingerprint image scanner, and fingerprint image printer equipment according to established Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) procedures.
  • Sorts, photocopies, routes, and files records.
  • Purges files and destroys certain records as mandated.
  • Performs related records work.
  • May testify in courts as an expert witness.
  • May be required to perform the functions of the lower level class in this series.


Knowledge of:
  • Principles of supervision
  • Standard office equipment, uses and features such as computer terminals, adding machines and photocopiers
  • Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) procedures
  • Fingerprint classification methods such as the Henry and NCIC systems
  • Policies and procedures used in the San Diego County Sheriff's Records Division
  • Penal code, government code and other laws governing the establishment, maintenance and purging of criminal records
  • Terminology, methods and procedures utilized by law enforcement agencies to determine identity
  • County customer service objectives and strategies
  • Telephone, office, and online etiquette
  • Current technology and trends in the profession
Skills and Abilities to:
  • Supervise, train and evaluate assigned subordinates
  • Review, coordinate, schedule and monitor the work of others to ensure high quality standards and that work is performed efficiently within set time constraints
  • Identify and resolve equipment problems with vendors
  • Enter and retrieve information from automated fingerprint databases
  • Compare fingerprints and make positive identification based solely on the fingerprints
  • Operate modern office equipment
  • Perform ten print fingerprint classification and identification
  • Check and compare documents for accuracy and completeness
  • Maintain security and confidentiality of restricted information
  • Update and maintain records, logs, rosters and registers
  • Retrieve, store and purge information in a wide variety of filing systems
  • File records alphabetically and numerically
  • Access, enter/retrieve data into/from automated, local and State-wide, law enforcement data bases
  • Understand and follow written and oral instructions
  • Read and interpret departmental policies and procedures for employees and the public
  • Testify in court as subject matter expert on fingerprint identification and AFIS procedures
  • Provide training in fingerprint quality and identification to clerical and sworn personnel
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Communicate effectively with a variety of individuals representing diverse cultures and backgrounds and function calmly in situations that require a high degree of sensitivity, tact and diplomacy
  • Treat County employees, representatives of outside agencies and members of the public with courtesy and respect
  • Assess the customer's immediate needs and ensure customer's receipt of needed services through personal service or making appropriate referral
  • Provide prompt, efficient and responsive service
  • Exercise appropriate judgment in answering questions and releasing information; analyze and project consequences of decisions and/or recommendations
  • Provides responsive, high quality service to County employees, representatives of outside agencies and members of the public by providing accurate, complete and up-to-date information, in a courteous, efficient and timely manner
Desirable Traits
  • Leadership, Communicates Effectively, Knowledge Worker, Holds Self and Others Accountable, Problem Solving and Innovation, Demonstrates Ethical Behavior, Leverages Resources (Coaches and Develops), Drives to Excel, Maximizes Team Effectiveness, Supportive of Change
  • Effective leadership and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to provide technical guidance and training
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Maintains confidentiality of sensitive information
  • Experience in testifying in court as an expert witness
  • Professional demeanor with other agencies and collaborative partners
  • Extensive working knowledge of AFIS software program
  • Proven track record in performing fingerprint analysis and comparison work
  • Capable of successfully leading a team


  • Completion of course work in fingerprint identification from the FBI, Department of Justice, or an accredited U.S. college in fingerprint science (interpretation and classification); AND;
  • Eighteen (18) months of experience as a Sheriff's Fingerprint Examiner; OR; Two and a half (2.5) years of experience at the level of a Sheriff's Fingerprint Examiner in a law enforcement agency performing fingerprint identification, classification by visual inspection and analysis of fingerprints.

  • In addition, the department desires candidates who demonstrate knowledge of information systems, leadership skills, communicate effectively, exhibit knowledge worker traits, innovation and problem solving, ethics, initiative, motivation, adaptability, supportive of change, and are detail oriented.

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Posted: March 11, 2021

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