Fingerprint Examiner I

San Bernardino County - San Bernardino, CA4.2

The Scientific Investigations Division of the Sheriff's Department is recruiting for Fingerprint Examiners I who retrieve, classify, and maintain fingerprint records and perform fingerprint analysis according to varied and complex fingerprint characteristics; performs related duties as required. Fingerprint Examiners I work under supervision in a training environment while developing the experience required to perform at the full qualified journey-level and promote to the Fingerprint Examiner II class within 24 months. This is a trainee classification.

For more detailed information, view the Fingerprint Examiner I job description.

Note: Applications are also being accepted for Fingerprint Examiner II. Review announcement and requirements on our website. A separate application is required for each level.


1) Background: Prior to appointment, applicants will be fingerprinted and must pass an extensive background investigation, including a polygraph examination. Applicants must not have been convicted of a felony.
2) Shift: Applicants must be available for all shifts; incumbents will be required to work rotating shifts, or be on call for work, on weekends, holidays, and evenings, including mandatory overtime; refusal of assigned shift may result in removal from the list or termination.
3) License: A valid California Class C driver license is required at time of appointment. Employees in this class may be required to use personal vehicles and show proof of automobile liability insurance.
4) Availability: This department is a "24/7" operation, and the incumbent can expect to work rotating, night, weekend, day, and graveyard shifts, as well as holidays and weekends.
5) Promotion: Fingerprint Examiner I are eligible for promotion to Fingerprint Examiner II upon meeting the minimum requirements and receiving a satisfactory work progress report. Employees must qualify for promotion within 24 months or be terminated. Upon promotion to Fingerprint Examiner II, incumbents will serve a six month probationary period.

Minimum Requirements:Applicants must meet one of the following options:
Option A - Experience: Six (6) months of full-time experience with a law enforcement organization as a specialist in fingerprint collection, classification, and/or identification; experience must include use of computer programs. Experience must be clearly described in the work experience section of the application.

Option B - Certification: Forty (40) hours of instruction in fingerprinting, resulting in a certificate(s) issued by a recognized institution (e.g., Dept. of Justice, CA Criminalistics Institute, etc.). A copy of the certificate(s) must be submitted with the application.

Option C - Education: Nine (9) semester (12 quarter) units of completed college coursework in Forensic science, Police science or a closely related field that must include at least one course in fingerprinting.
Note: Criminal Justice courses are not acceptable. A list of coursework must be submitted with the application.

Selection Process:
A written test will be administered and will consist of an evaluation of knowledge and skills on the following topics:

Interpersonal Work Skills

Application Procedure: To be considered for this excellent opportunity, please complete and submit the online employment application and supplemental questionnaire by 5:00 pm, February 1, 2019. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the application and/or supplemental questionnaire.

To ensure timely and successful submission of your online application, please allow ample time to complete and submit your application before the posted filing deadline. Applicants will be automatically logged-out if they have not submitted the application and all required materials prior to the posted deadline. Once your application has been successfully submitted you will receive an onscreen confirmation and an email. We recommend that you save and/or print these for your records. Please note, if you do not receive an onscreen confirmation and an email acknowledging our receipt of your application we have not received your application.

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