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Fingerprint Technician

Lakewood Police Department, Lakewood, Colorado

Salary: $47,153.60 - $65,998.40 Annually

Final Filing Date: November 29, 2021

Works in the Lakewood Police Department Records Criminal History Unit comparing fingerprints, identifying current prints, creating and maintaining files relevant to fingerprinting activities, queries information on NCIC/CCIC, testifies in court as necessary. Provides training to Criminal History Unit and Police Department personnel.

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  • Assists in the inventory of equipment and supplies for the unit.
  • Maintains knowledge of the fingerprint identification process, compares incoming fingerprints against master files and identifies current prints with existent master, or creates new master file.
  • Creates and maintains files related to fingerprinting activities.
  • Creates, updates and maintains computerized criminal history files.
  • Assists in the creation, revision and updating of the criminal history manual.
  • Offers stellar customer service while performing criminal and applicant fingerprints and photographs.
  • Prepares written reports detailing identification activity.
  • Works on an ongoing basis with Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and Colorado Bureau of Investigation in warrant arrest bookings and charges and problems or concerns in that area.
  • Prepares all necessary paperwork and fingerprint cards for the registration of parolees and Interstate Compact clients. This involves interaction with multiple agencies and notifying Patrol in the event an individual scheduled to register is wanted by law enforcement.
  • Responsible to comply with the requirements of court-ordered expungements of criminal history records,
  • Reviews archiving of criminal history files for accuracy, clarity, and other problems and oversees preparation of hard copy files for archiving.
  • Reviews secure documents sent from CBI through the SDDS folder to ensure only authorized personnel have clearance to our building and access to our systems.
  • Provides expert witness testimony relating to fingerprint identification matters and may testify regarding other job functions.
  • Provides training to new criminal history personnel in every facet of the criminal history section, as well as conducts updated training necessitated by changes to existing procedures.
  • Provides instruction on fingerprinting techniques to members of the department.
  • Files physical documents of criminal and civil fingerprints and palm prints.
  • Performs work that requires regular and reliable attendance.
  • Practices dependability by offering assistance to others as well as adhering to work schedule
  • Performs work that requires keyboarding skills.
  • Displays professional attitude in all interactions with internal and external customers
  • May attend CCIC/BWA-BED (Board of Executive Directors) meetings and Fingerprint Disposition Committee meetings held throughout Colorado keeping abreast of changes, problems with the system, and other concerns affecting the Records Criminal History Unit.
  • May require overtime.
  • Must be able to interact with others in a positive manner.
  • Provides NCIC fingerprint classification on warrants issued by Lakewood Police Department.
  • Prepares written reports detailing identification activity inclusive of running wants on various "a.k.a.'s."
  • Performs criminal, applicant, courtesy, and parolee fingerprinting and photographic duties.
  • Assists other City and Police Department personnel on requests for mug shots and/or copies of fingerprints or palm prints.
  • Conducts fingerprint comparisons to known standards.
  • Assists Court, attorneys, and law enforcement officers in identifying subjects of questionable identity who are in court or custody.
  • Prepares criminal history files for archiving.
  • Provides expert witness testimony relating to fingerprint matters
  • Provides instruction on Livescan fingerprinting to police agent recruits
  • Gives fingerprint demonstrations to outside entities, e.g., Boy Scouts.
  • Trains unit personnel in the operation of CCIC and NCIC computer terminals.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Receives general supervision from the Records Supervisor.


  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • One-year full-time previous fingerprinting experience is required.
  • Must possess or be able to secure a Colorado driver's license and possess a good driving record.
  • Ability to become NCIC/CCIC certified.
Other Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Ability to demonstrate fingerprint classification using the NCIC FPC Fingerprint Pattern Classification Standards Must demonstrate good judgment, a high level of professional credibility and the ability to work under pressure.
  • Requires a suitability and attention to detail test, polygraph examination, oral board interview, background investigation, reference checks and a UA drug screen.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of integrity and confidentially.
  • Detail oriented, with strong organizational skills.
  • Must be able to handle multiple tasks.
  • Willingly follows others and shows support and flexibility while new ideas are instituted
  • Must be a team player, as well as have the ability to work independently.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • A demonstrated commitment for professional self-development and toward training new employees.
  • Bi-lingual (Spanish-speaking) is a desired qualification.
  • Due to specialized nature of work, a one-year probationary period is required.
  • Due to the nature of the work, an employee in this position may be considered essential. Essential personnel are determined by the chain of command, the type of emergency and the human resources needed.
  • Lifting and Carrying - Ability to move and/or lift objects such as boxes of fingerprint cards and paper, weighing up to 40 pounds, from one location to another, with assistance if necessary.
  • Pushing and Pulling - Ability to push/pull sliding file cabinets, use dollies and carts to move boxes of fingerprint cards.
  • Body Positions - Must have eye/hand coordination in order to accurately use equipment and a variety of items in the performance of the job.
  • Sitting for extended periods of time at a work station. Some bending, stooping, reaching, stretching and walking to various locations throughout the Police Department, Public Safety Center, and other City offices. Position requires the ability to input large amounts of data using repetitive motion on a consistent daily basis.
  • Hearing - Employee must hear the telephone and other audible signals from equipment.
  • Vision - Visual acuity correctable to 20/40 with no progressive eye disease, excellent color perception, with no red/green blindness.
  • Mathematics - Employee uses basic adding, subtraction, multiplication and division to figure data for cases, determine averages and maintain statistics relevant to position.
  • Remembering - Must have the ability to remember and use policies, procedures, regulations pertinent to the position and to remember and follow instructions given by supervisor.
  • Language Ability - Must be able to speak and write the English language and to speak effectively on the telephone and to individuals in the work setting and to small- and medium-sized groups during training. Must have the ability to effectively communicate complex technical activities and terms to a lay person to include providing clear testimony in jury trials.
  • Reasoning - Must have ability to apply common sense, understanding and good judgment in making decisions relevant to the position and manage multiple tasks.
  • Work is generally performed in an office environment surrounded by other work areas that may be distasteful or have an unpleasant odor.
  • Work may include exposure to varying physical conditions, moderate noise, and direct contact with offenders.
  • Work involves project deadlines, heavy workload, a high level of detailed accuracy and the consequence of error.
  • Magnification Devices Including Fingerprint Reticules
  • Fingerprint Filing Cabinets
  • Standard Office Equipment
  • Computer Terminals Accessing Mainframe and CCIC/NCIC Systems
  • Fingerprint Table, Ink, Cleaner, Associated Fingerprint Equipment as needed
  • Personal Computer
  • Cameras
  • Lighting Equipment

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Posted: November 15, 2021

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