Hillsborough County Civil Service Board

$15.21-$23.32 Hourly / $2,636.00-$4,042.00 Monthly / $31,636.00-$48,505.00 Yearly


Performs trainee duties examining, classifying and filing fingerprints using the Henry Classification System, National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) to identify offenders, suspected offenders, unknown or deceased persons or to verify identity.


Graduation from high school or possession of a GED Certificate; and 


One year of clerical experience.

Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-related competencies noted below.

  • Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service.
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve.
  • Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations.
  • Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals.


Note: To be acquired during the training period.

  • Working knowledge of the Henry, NCIC and AFIS Fingerprint Classification Systems.
  • Working knowledge of the science of fingerprint identification.
  • Working knowledge of alphabetic and numeric filing systems.
  • Working knowledge of various computer systems used in the identification of fingerprints.
  • Working knowledge of court procedures.
  • Some knowledge of photographic equipment operation.
  • Skill in making contact photos and print processing.
  • Skill in the operation of video-imaging and live-scan fingerprinting equipment and computer terminals.
  • Skill in taking quality finger, palm and foot prints.
  • Skill in examining, identifying, comparing and matching fingerprints.
  • Skill in chemically processing paper products (evidence) for latent print development.  

  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to collect, organize and evaluate data and to develop logical conclusions.
  • Ability to accurately sort, file, and/or retrieve material using alphabetical, numerical and chronological systems.
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.
  • Ability and willingness to work outside in a subtropical climate under adverse weather conditions.


Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.  Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform some or all of the activities described below.


Note: Incumbents function in a trainee capacity to gain proficiency in the duties listed below and become eligible for promotion to Fingerprint Specialist


  • Examines, classifies and files deceased fingerprints using the Henry Classification System, National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) to identify offenders, suspected offenders, unknown or deceased persons.
  • Performs inquiries into local, state or federal criminal information systems to verify offender’s identity, history or outstanding warrants.
  • Provides local, state and federal law enforcement agencies or departments copies of fingerprints, photographs or arrest records to assist them in investigations
  • Takes, records and maintains fingerprints, palm prints, and foot print impressions of offenders and of persons requiring fingerprint verification; and maintains related name indexes and criminal history files.
  • Investigates citizen complaints of wrongful name use, compares documents and fingerprints to ensure correct identity and provide documentation to avoid wrongful arrests.
  • Performs limited photo‑print processing.
  • Compiles data to prepare documents and reports.
  • Testifies in court to facilitate the understanding of print examinations, identifications, classifications and filing procedures and actions.
  • Chemically process paper products (evidence) in an effort to develop latent prints for comparison.
  • May be required to provide operational support during periods of local, state, and national emergencies in the fingerprinting of decedents during emergency situations due to plane crashes, man-made and natural disasters.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Possession of a valid Driver License.


Employees in this class are required to complete a two year training program as defined by the agency to which the position is assigned.  Upon certification by the Agency Head or designated representative of successful completion of training, incumbents will be promoted to Fingerprint Specialist.  The training period may be extended by the Agency to which the position is assigned.

CLASS: W2768 EST: 10/1/2008 REV: 1/7/2014