Employment Opportunity

Latent Print Examiner Trainee

Volusia Sheriff's Office, Daytona Beach, Florida

Salary: $17.30 Hourly

Final Filing Date: September 28, 2021

The Volusia Sheriff’s Office is seeking a Fingerprint Technician – Working Title: Latent Print Examiner Trainee. This position is located at the Volusia Sheriff's Office Operations Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. It is an entry level trainee position, in which the selected candidate will perform progressively technical law enforcement work in the classification, collection, and comparison of latent fingerprints. Under direct supervision, the selected candidate will be learning and developing skills in basic fingerprint patterns; operating the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) and its components; and performing other related duties as required.

Responsibilities also include processing fingerprints for deceased persons for identification purposes, as well as applicants for employment, licenses and other situations. Work is performed within specific time constraints based on law enforcement guidelines, such as interfacing with command staff, FDLE and other criminal justice members.

The incumbent in this position will have additional duties some of which include filing and maintaining fingerprint cards; obtaining queries using a variety of county, state, and national databases; responding to requests for information from law enforcement agencies, staff and the public.

Excellent customer service is necessary to maintain the Volusia Sheriff’s Office customer service standards.

NOTE: Please be advised that the incoming rate of pay for a Latent Print Examiner Trainee appointment is 10% below the pay range. There will be two training modules, upon successful completion of each module, the applicant's hourly wage will be adjusted by 5% at the end of each module. The last adjustment brings the selected candidate to the pay range minimum. The selected candidate will have a training period for one (1) year followed by an additional one (1) year probationary period upon satisfactory completion of the training agreement.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


Illustrative Duties - (NOTE: These are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.)
  • Examines latent crime scene fingerprints for comparison value.
  • Compares latent fingerprints with the fingerprints on file.
  • Prepares written supplementary case reports stating findings.
  • Gives sworn testimony on the results of fingerprint comparisons.
  • Prepares fingerprint exhibits for court appearances.
  • Examines, classifies, files, and maintains master fingerprint cards.
  • Classifies, files, and maintains latent fingerprint cards.
  • Processes items of evidence for latent fingerprints.
  • Fingerprints individuals as needed.
  • Performs specialized and technical clerical and record keeping duties with a minimum of supervision.
  • May be assigned to other county locations based upon operational needs.
  • Attends work on a regular and consistent basis.
  • Must adhere to Federal, State, County and Local ordinances.
  • Responds to emergency situations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Requirements
  • Associate's degree in Criminal Justice, Forensic Science or related field. A comparable amount of education, training, and experience to include High School Diploma / GED and two (2) years of experience in Criminal Justice, Forensic Science or related field may be substituted for the minimum qualifications. The preferred candidate, having met the minimum requirements will have experience in fingerprint analysis.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Florida Driver's License.
  • NOTE: It is this organization's policy that individuals hired into special risk positions may not use any form of tobacco at any time, whether on or off duty, as a condition of employment. Candidates appointed after October 13, 2017 must be nicotine/cotinine-free by the time of pre-employment physical/drug exam, including nicotine-containing products used in tobacco replacement therapies.
  • Selected candidate will be required to undergo an extensive criminal background process
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Knowledge of basic computer programs, business English, spelling and math.
  • Able to manage sensitive information and records.
  • Knowledge of modern fingerprinting and fingerprint classification, comparison, and filing techniques.
  • Knowledge of fingerprint procedures of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  • Knowledge of courtroom proceedings.
  • Able to process evidence for latent fingerprints.
  • Able to testify in court on latent fingerprint comparisons.
  • Able to prepare exhibits for court purposes.
  • Able to maintain records and write reports.
  • Able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, law enforcement officers, court officials, and others.
  • Able to testify in court as to the chain of custody of specific items of evidence while in his/her custody.
  • Able to express ideas clearly and concisely, orally and in writing to groups and to individuals.
  • Able to pass an in-depth background investigation to be conducted on all qualified applicants.
  • Able to work under stressful conditions.
  • Able to interact effectively with others.
  • Must be able to relocate to other county locations based upon operational needs.
  • Physical Demands: Light work. Visual acuity and color vision for making fine distinctions among fingerprints. Visual acuity and peripheral vision necessary to operate a motorized vehicle. Ability to stand, reach, lift, grasp, handle, bend, crouch, kneel, stoop, feel; finger dexterity. Able to sit for prolonged periods of time and repetitive use of hands.
  • Environmental Demands: Inside work. Ability to tolerate fumes, odors, fumes. Exposure to human remains.
  • Mental Demands: Ability to read and comprehend professional and technical journals, manuals, procedures, and instructions; memos, letters, evaluations, summaries. Ability to write complex sentences relaying information, data and details in summary, opinions, findings. Ability to perform basic mathematical functions. Ability to speak clearly and concisely relaying information to layman.

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Posted: September 14, 2021

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