Fingerprint Technician

Baltimore County, MD - Towson, MD3.8

Part-time$42,000 - $53,000 a year
Experience taking or rolling fingerprints is not considered qualifying work experience for this position.

Pay Schedule I, Grade 24, Regular Schedule: 35 hours per week

A vacancy exists in the Administrative and Technical Services Division of the Baltimore County Police Department.

A list of eligible applicants will be established based on the examination as outlined below.

Current and future vacancies occurring in any Office or Department of Baltimore County General Government may be filled from the list of eligible applicants.

All interested transfer and promotional candidates must apply at this time.

List all promotions and changes in job duties due to reclassification as separate work experiences on your application. Applicants must include the dates of the promotions and reclassifications.

Note: Failure to accurately complete all fields of the "Work Experience" section of the application will result in your application not being considered. A resume will not be considered in determining your qualifications for this position. Applicants selected for interviews may provide resumes at that time.

Examples of Duties

Under general supervision, examines, classifies, and identifies fingerprints and maintains fingerprint records. Performs comprehensive clerical duties in support of the criminal justice system.

Examines, classifies, compares, and identifies prints by analyzing fingerprint ridge characteristics. Searches the fingerprint identification files for matching prints.
Verifies identification of fingerprints through point-by-point comparison. Compares possible matching prints with the fingerprint in question.
Determines and verifies the identity of fingerprints. Establishes and verifies the Henry Classification and NCIC Classification of fingerprints. Prepares fingerprint cards and records.
Updates information on criminal records and routes trial dispositions to the F.B.I. and Maryland State Police.
Prepares and processes criminal records. Accesses MILES, NCIC, and other networks and databases to research criminal justice information.
Provides fingerprint identification testimony in court.
Examples of Other Duties
Trains other employees in fingerprint identification theory and techniques. Takes known fingerprints. Performs other related duties as required.

(NOTE: The duties and responsibilities listed above are for the purpose of determining a common set of minimum qualifications for all positions in this class. They may not include all of the essential job functions of each position in the class. Each position may not be required to perform all of the essential job functions listed.)


Possession of a high school diploma or an appropriate equivalent


at least one year's experience in fingerprint classification (Experience taking or rolling fingerprints is not considered qualifying work experience for this position).

Character Requirements
All applicants must be of good moral character and emotionally stable, as determined by a comprehensive background investigation and test for drug use.

Proof of Licenses, Certifications and Education
Applicants are required to submit proof of licenses, certifications and education beyond high school to meet the required qualifications of the position. Diplomas or transcripts must show the applicant's major field of study. Copies and unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

Failure to submit proof of Licenses, Certifications and Education will result in your application not being considered. Proof of licenses, certifications, and/or education must be submitted with each application.

Proof of Degree Equivalency
Applicants who have obtained a degree from outside the United States of America are required to submit degree equivalence documentation from World Education Services, Inc. (

Mail or deliver documents to:
ATTN: Fingerprint Technician
Office of Human Resources
Baltimore County Government
308 Allegheny Ave.
Towson, MD 21204

You can attach your transcript(s) or license(s) to your application.

Applicants will be qualified based on an evaluation of the training and experience, as stated on their application, which includes answers to the supplemental questions. Applicants must state the dates and duties of past and present experience clearly and completely for evaluation purposes.

Conditions of Employment

On appointment to this classification, an employee must provide a DNA sample to be maintained for quality assurance purposes by way of buccal swab of the inside of the employee's mouth or current standardized collection procedure to be performed by qualified police department personnel. Provision of the DNA sample is a condition of employment and shall only be used for law enforcement purposes as a forensic laboratory or for purposes of human remains identification and request, but only to the extent that the genetic information is used for analysis of DNA identification markers for quality control to detect sample contamination. It shall be maintained and disclosed only in a manner consistent with law, separate from the employee's personnel file as a confidential medical record, and will not be used for any other purpose. See 75 Fed. Reg. 68912, 68936 (November 9, 2010), 42 U.S.C. 2000ff-1(b)(6), 29 CFR 1635.8(b)(6), as amended. Provision of the DNA sample is a bona fide occupational qualification reasonably necessary to the normal operation of the police department. Failure to provide the DNA sample would prevent performance of an essential job function.

Persons appointed to this classification may work on either a rotating or fixed shift basis, which will include nights, weekends, holidays, and overtime as required.

Physical and Environmental Conditions
The work of this classification is essentially sedentary but includes the operation of office equipment requiring the use of coordinative and manipulative skills.

Medical Examination and Employment Background Investigation
Applicants selected for an appointment to a position in Baltimore County must successfully complete a physical examination and drug screen and an employment background investigation, including, but not limited to a criminal background, education, and fingerprint check.