ID Technicians are responsible for obtaining, processing, and comparing fingerprints to determine identity and any prior criminal record. They classify and enter fingerprints into the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) . ID Technicians also assist Latent Print Examiners in processing vehicles and crime scenes.

This job requires testifing in court as to methods of analysis and results of fingerprint comparison. You will need the ability to work with deceased bodies, some of which may be decomposed and you will be exposed to substances and matter that can be disturbing. You will need to handle other biologic and hazardous materials, in a safe, professional manner. You will need the temperament to work with both the victims of crimes and potentially violent criminals for fingerprint collection.

Position Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

  • Must meet qualifications
  • Completion of coursework including fingerprint science, fingerprint technology or Henry classification, and familiarity with NCIC Alphanumeric code. Transcripts will be required.
  • Requires a minimum of one year of fingerprinting experience (or a combination of education, training, and/or experience that provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class).
  • Must be able to work rotating shifts: day, swing and graveyard.
  • Must work mandatory overtime without notice if needed.
  • Must stand, walk or bend for extended periods.
  • Must handle or work with hazardous substances (i.e., blood, other body fluids and various hazardous chemicals).
  • Must have the ability to lift up to 15 lbs.
  • Must be able to process and obtain fingerprints from potentially abusive/threatening people.
  • Must satisfy a Seattle Police Department background investigation.
  • Must pass a physical exam by City-approved doctor.
  • Must have a current driver’s license.
  • Must pass a practical examination on fingerprinting at 80% or higher in order to be considered for an interview.
  • Obtain a Washington State ACCESS/WACIS certificate within one year of employment.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Associate Degree in Biology, Sociology, Criminology, Forensic Science Certification and/or at least one year of experience in fingerprint processing and a familiarity with Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) technology.
  • Coursework in Chemistry a plus.
  • Candidates will have experience exercising good judgment, problem solving, attention to detail, and making reliable decisions using critical thinking skills.
  • Candidates will be self-starters, self-motivated individuals with experience working in a team environment.
  • Previous public speaking experience highly desirable

Work Environment

The Identification Section Team uses new state-of-the-art technology, and is part of the Department’s Forensic Support Services, which also includes the Latent Print Examiners, Evidence Unit, Photo Lab and Video Unit.

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