Detention Identification Technician

Maricopa County, AZ - Phoenix, AZ3.6

Position Overview

This Detention Identification Technician is responsible for fingerprinting inmates and data entry of information into the Arizona Statewide Automated Fingerprint System (AZAFIS).

Position Qualifications Minimum education and/or experience:
High school diploma or GED and one (1) year of clerical experience. Post-secondary education may substitute for the required experience on a year for year basis.

Specialized training, certifications, and/or other special requirements:
Possession of a valid Arizona driver's license, or the ability to obtain by time of hire, is required. Training will be provided on-the-job for the following: FEMA NIMS – IS 100 and 700; OSHA training; ADP Payroll training; and PREA Training. Within six (6) months of hire, must successfully complete: Internal training, and functionally test to affirm the proficiency of fingerprint classification and identification to assure compliance with federal requirements; OR, an FBI 40-hour Fingerprint Classification school, or similar coursework in fingerprint classification from an accredited school or training program. Prior to hiring, the Sheriff's Office requires that all candidates successfully pass a polygraph examination and an extensive background review.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Knowledge of:
  • Rules, regulations, policies, procedures and law pertaining to the laws of evidence, and keeps apprised of updates and revisions to policies or laws.

Skill in:
  • Operating general office equipment.
Ability to:
  • Complete required training and ensure compliance with federal requirements.
  • Communicate information and ideas, both orally and in writing, so others will understand and appropriate to the needs of the audience, including matters concerning fingerprints.
  • Operate.
  • Capture fingerprints accurately on Livescan, ink and roll prints.
  • Exercise judgment within guidelines and departmental policies and procedures.
  • Use JMS programs to obtain inmate information for fingerprints and identification.
Preferred education and/or experience:
Experience working with fingerprints in a law enforcement agency.

Preferred training, certifications and/or other special requirements:
Proficient in the operation of the Livescan devices. Possession of job-related certifications.

Working conditions:
MCSO is a 24/7 operation; must be able to work rotating shifts, weekends, holidays, and rotating days off. Must be able to stand and bend for long periods of time when taking fingerprints of inmates. Lifting of fingerprint boxes and Section supplies daily. Able to verbally communicate to/with inmates in a jail environment.

The following environments described are only representative of how the essential job tasks are currently performed or envisioned. As such, in order to accommodate a disability or limitation, the essential job tasks may be performed in ways other than described on these pages.

Work Requires:
  • Sitting, standing and walking
  • Driving a vehicle
  • Speaking, hearing, seeing, and reading
  • Distinguishing colors
  • Bending, kneeling, and reaching
  • Wearing protective gear
  • Precise dexterity
  • Lifting floor to waist twenty-five (25) pounds
  • Lifting waist to shoulder of twenty-five (25) pounds
  • Lifting shoulder to overhead of twenty-five (25) pounds
  • Carrying a weight of twenty-five (25) pounds for a distance of 10 feet
  • Pushing/pulling a weight of twenty-five (25) pounds for a distance of 10 feet
Work is performed:
  • Indoors and outdoors (outdoor work depending on assignment)
  • In temperatures above 90 degrees
  • Exposure to chemical/fumes, smoke/dust, and wet/damp areas
  • Confined areas, using stairs or ladders, unprotected heights
  • High noise level, dim lighting, bright lighting

Work requires:
  • Being exposed to traumatic subject matters and may be exposed to contagious diseases, emergencies & dangerous environments
  • Handling interruptions, frequently changing tasks, and unscheduled tasks
  • Handling high volume of work
  • Handling multiple or complicated tasks
  • Working under deadlines or time pressures to complete tasks
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Making decisions
  • Concentration/vigilance
  • Working in a team environment and working in close proximity with others
  • Public contact
  • Isolation
  • Overtime/rotating shift upon approval

Essential Job Tasks
  • Takes quality fingerprints of inmates using Livescan computer fingerprint equipment and inked major case prints including palm prints.
  • Communicates verbally and effectively regarding matters pertaining to fingerprints.
  • Compiles data and prepares detail oriented reports for the Division; ensure use of proper grammar.
  • Reads, interprets, and comprehends rules, regulations, policies, procedures and the law as it pertains to the laws of evidence.
  • Attends AFIS conferences for updates and review of new equipment uses.
  • Conducts summons bookings.
  • Takes mug shots of inmates as needed.
  • Once inked fingerprints are obtained, types information as required by MCSO and other agencies.
  • Files and retrieves fingerprint cards in various filing systems.
  • Reviews and maintains an inventory of all supplies required for fingerprinting.
  • Must be proficient in JMS programs regarding inmate information for fingerprints and identification.
  • Observes equipment; calls for appropriate and timely service assistance during equipment failure.
  • Transports documents to other criminal justice agencies.
  • Operates the Livescan devices.
  • Captures fingerprints accurately on Livescan; and on ink and roll prints.
  • Be present at the work site to perform any/all assigned duties scheduled/assigned by the Supervisor or Commander.

Selection Procedure The hiring authority will select the successful candidate based on departmental needs.

All offers of employment made to new hires and rehires at Maricopa County are contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer, pre-employment thorough background investigation. A background investigation is conducted on a current employee who changes to a Safety Sensitive Position or one having the potential for serious adverse impact on the integrity or efficiency of the County. These requirements do not pertain to employees of elected officials who undergo background investigation processes administered through their respective offices.

Typically successful candidates are hired at a salary rate, up to midpoint of the range, based on applicable experience, internal equity and budgetary allowances.