Fingerprint Identification Specialist 1

City of Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA4.0

This is limited performance technical fingerprint identification and classification work on a rotating shift. Employees in this class both manually identify and operate an Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS)/Multimodal Biometric Identification System (MBIS) workstation to match unidentified fingerprints against law enforcement databases using fingerprint expertise. Work includes classifying, identifying and rolling fingerprints of prisoners and others. This class is differentiated from higher-level classes by the variety and complexity of assignments and the degree of technical guidance required. Employees develop skills in dealing with difficult fingerprint classification problems. Work is performed under the supervision of a Fingerprint Identification Supervisor.

Union Code M. AFSCME D.C.33
FLSA Code Non-Exempt
Minimum Requirements
Minimum Training, Education & Experience
The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests. Candidates must meet requirements within 30 days after the last date for filing applications.

1. EDUCATION: Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth school grade.


2. EXPERIENCE: One (1) year of full-time experience in a public jurisdiction law enforcement setting where the primary duties include taking, classifying and comparing fingerprints using the Henry and the NCIC classification systems.


1. EDUCATION: Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth school grade.


2. CERTIFICATION: Completion of a training program consisting of a minimum forty (40) hours of instruction in fingerprinting, resulting in a certificate issued by a recognized law enforcement agency or institution (i.e., Dept. of Justice, FBI, etc.) or a recognized professional institute (i.e., Ron Smith & Associates, Sirchie Inc.).

Physical & Medical Requirements
Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.

Required Licenses & Certifications
Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator’s license as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prior to appointment and during tenure of appointment as a Fingerprint Identification Specialist 1.
Must be able to pass a local, state and national criminal background check prior to appointment including a fingerprint-based check as required by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) Security Policy.

Other Requirements

Candidates MUST submit a copy of their license, registration or certification.

Option 1 – Upload a paperless certification – One time only!

You may upload licenses, registrations or certifications into your account, and attach the license, registration or certification with this application. Once uploaded to your account, it may be attached to all future applications. Attaching your license, registration or certification will save you time and money if you apply for an examination in the future, and you will be assured that your license, registration or certification cannot be misplaced.

Your license, registration or certification should be uploaded and attached to your application before it is submitted. It cannot be uploaded or added to your application electronically after your application has been submitted.

Option 2 – Submit a paper license, registration or certification –

If you submit a paper copy of the license, registration or certification, it will be used for this application only. You will have to submit the license, registration or certification again whenever you apply for an examination in the future. Paper licenses, registrations or certifications will not be retained and will not be returned to applicants.

Mailing address for certifications:
City of Philadelphia
Office of Human Resources
1401 J.F. Kennedy Boulevard, Room 1530
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Attention: Eric Daughtry

Equivalency Statement(s)
Any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Office of Human Resources.

Application Details
Application Procedures
The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686-4670 or send an email to For more information, go to:

The City of Philadelphia is committed to ensuring access to Civil Service examinations by providing appropriate accommodations for candidates with documented medical or religious reasons. Candidates may request an accommodation for a Civil Service examination by contacting the Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Unit of the Mayor’s Office of Labor Relations at 215-683-5085. The accommodation process is interactive and requires cooperation and communication between the applicant requesting a test accommodation and the EEO Unit. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis using the required documentation that is submitted. Requests are to be made in a timely manner prior to the scheduled date of the Civil Service examination.

As a condition of employment with the City, any person offered employment shall be required to certify that such person either is fully current on any and all debts, taxes, fees, judgments, claims, and other accounts and obligations due and owing to the City; or has voluntarily entered into a payment agreement with the City. For so long as the person is employed by the City, the amount of the payment as set forth in the payment agreement (not to exceed, for any pay period, twenty percent (20%) of the person’s gross pay for such period, without the person’s consent) shall be withheld from each paycheck until such payment agreement is fully satisfied.

Such person shall also be required to certify as a condition of employment that he or she is fully current on any and all debts, taxes, fees, judgments, claims, and other accounts and obligations due and owing to the Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) or has voluntarily entered into a payment agreement with PGW.

Failure to enter into a payment agreement shall result in the cancellation of the appointment and removal from the certification. The name of the eligible candidate will be returned to the eligible list.

Only an on-line application will be accepted for this exam. Paper applications will not be accepted.

Computers are available in the 3-1-1 Walk-In Center located in Room 167 of City Hall (Weekdays from 9 AM to 5 PM) and at your local Philadelphia Free Library branch.

For inquiries regarding City employment, contact the Office of Human Resources Monday through Friday between 8 AM and 4 PM by telephone at 215-686-0880 or by email at

ALL Applications must be received by the end of business on January 25, 2019.

Your application will be rejected and you will be disqualified from competing in this examination if you:
1) Do not provide your complete and accurate social security number.
2) Attempt to practice fraud or deception in the preparation of this application

All correspondence and notifications will be sent to your e-mail address or postal address listed in the contact information (address, phone #, e-mail) of your account profile. Your contact information will be automatically updated each time you submit an application for employment. It is your responsibility to change your contact information and to ensure that it is correct

If you provide an e-mail address, all correspondence regarding this examination will be sent to you by e-mail. You should add to your address book or list of trusted contacts to prevent notices from being marked as spam by your e-mail provider.

Please call the Office of Human Resources at 215-686-0880 or email if you have any questions.

Information concerning employment with the City of Philadelphia may be found at:
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Notes to Applicants

OPEN-COMPETITIVE. Only an open competitive eligible list will be established as a result of this examination. Permanent City employees will receive no promotional preference in this examination.

Candidates who pass the exam and are placed on the civil service list will be retained on the list for a minimum of one year and a maximum of two years after the establishment of the Eligible List.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT: Philadelphia residency is not required at the time of application. Once hired, employees have six months to move into the City of Philadelphia.

PREFERENCE FOR PHILADELPHIA RESIDENTS: Candidates who have maintained a bona fide residence in Philadelphia for at least one year prior to the date of the civil service examination shall have priority over all other persons receiving an identical test score.

To receive such preference, candidates must respond to the question regarding residence later in this form.

If an applicant does not respond to the appropriate residence question, it will be assumed that the applicant does not qualify for residence preference. Eligibility for residence preference must be determined by the date of the test administration. No requests for residence preference will be granted after the test administration.

Ten points for veteran’s preference will be added to the scores of eligible veterans who apply for open competitive tests and pass the examination. You must be honorably discharged from the U.S. armed forces. Attach a DD214, member 4, to your application if you wish your eligibility to be reviewed. Spouses of disabled or deceased veterans may also be considered.

The children or grandchildren of Philadelphia Firefighters or Police Officers who were killed or died in the line of duty shall be accorded a preference in open competitive civil service entrance examinations. Candidates who qualify for this preference and who take and pass open competitive civil service examinations shall have ten points added to their final score. The candidate must successfully pass all parts of the examination before points are awarded.

Up to 5 additional points will be added to the examination score of any candidate who has passed the open competitive examination and who has:

A. Successfully completed a term of volunteer service with Peace Corps, AmeriCorps NCCC (including FEMA Corps), or AmeriCorps VISTA
Such candidates will be awarded five (5) points for the completion of a two year term of service or three (3) points for the completion of a one year term of service.

B. Successfully completed at least 450 hours of service with AmeriCorps State and National (including Teach for America).

Such candidates will have:
1 point added to their final score if they have completed 450 Hours of the above service.
2 points added to their final score if they have completed 675 Hours of the above service.
3 points added to their final score if they have completed 900 Hours of the above service.
5 points added to their final score if they have completed 1700 Hours of the above service.
The candidate must successfully pass all parts of the examination before points are awarded.

Projected Exam Date
Training and Experience Evaluation
Applicants will be evaluated and scored based upon their training and experience credentials. Applicants will not be asked to appear to take a scheduled examination.

Scores in the Training and Experience Evaluation will be based on documentation of education and experience provided by the candidate. To receive full credit for your education and experience, you should submit all relevant documentation including college transcripts, licenses, certifications, paid out of class documentation, etc. and provide a detailed description of your education, experience and credentials.

A Published List of Candidates and/or an Eligible List is planned for the week of February 25, 2019. Please note that this date may change.

An Eligible List may be established simultaneously with the Published List of Candidates (when an immediate need to hire exists) or upon first certification request by the hiring authority.

Test Review
In accordance with Civil Service Regulation 9.091D, candidates may review their answer sheets and other test papers to determine if they have been scored correctly or if there has been an irregularity in the administration of the examination. Candidates will have 30 days after the results have been mailed to review their test and to file a written appeal. Call 215 686-0880 if you wish to schedule a test review.

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Assigned to Eric Daughtry
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Part Training and Experience Evaluation
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