Employment Opportunity

Fingerprint Examiner

Alameda County Sheriff's Office, Oakland, California

Salary: $47,307.00 - $56,257.50 per year

Final Filing Date: Continuous

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office is looking to fill multiple vacancies for the position of Fingerprint Examiner. This recruitment will be used to fill the existing vacancies and create an eligible list for future vacancies.

Candidates for this position MUST be willing to work various shifts (including days, swings and nights), as well as holidays. Overtime work may also be required depending on the department's needs.

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Under general supervision in the Central Identification Bureau, Fingerprint Examiner's perform the duties involved in the classifying, registering, searching and identification of fingerprints in the automated fingerprint identification system; incumbents assist other city and county agencies with fingerprint work; and do related work as required.

This class differs from the next higher class of Latent Fingerprint Examiner in that Fingerprint Examiners do not routinely work with latent or partial prints.


To qualify for this position, candidates must meet one of the following requirements:
  • Either Pattern I:
    • Experience: The equivalent of one year of full-time experience in the class of Clerk II or a higher level clerical class in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)
  • Or Pattern II
    • The equivalent of two years of full-time clerical experience. (One full year of study in a Police Science curriculum in an accredited college or university may be substituted for the experience.)
Special Requirements:
  • Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.
  • Must have near vision, as measured by optometric examination, sufficient to perform fingerprint identification, classification and related duties.
  • Ability to type 30 words per minute.
  • Successful completion of a thorough background investigation.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

Knowledge of:
  • Fingerprint classification and identification systems.
  • Alpha and alpha-numeric filing.
  • Windows-based computer programs.
  • Correct English usage.
  • Basic math.
  • Standard office practices and procedures.
Ability to:
  • Perform precise, demanding work with speed and accuracy.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships.
  • Qualify to testify in a court of law.
  • Read, understand, interpret and follow complex instructions.
  • Write legibly.
  • Memorize and apply complex definitions and rules.
  • Take initiative and use independent judgment within established guidelines.
  • Prioritize work to meet deadlines.
  • Compose clear, comprehensive correspondence.
  • Operate standard office equipment, including a computer terminal.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE - In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications listed below, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated a successful track record in:
  • Superior communication skills both oral and written and the ability to communicate with a wide variety of people, including co-workers, Sheriff Officials, other law enforcement agencies and members of the public.
  • Accurately completing assignments and tasks while paying attention to detail and setting processes.
  • Identifying opportunities and issues, and proactively acting and following through on work activities to resolve them.
  • Taking prompt action to accomplish work objectives within a timely manner.
  • Accepting responsibility for outcomes (positive or negative) of one's work; admits mistakes and refocuses efforts when appropriate.
  • Maintaining effectiveness while completing several tasks simultaneously.
  • Working effectively in a team setting and take collective ownership but have the ability to make independent sound decisions as needed.
  • Presenting a professional, competent demeanor with the ability to testify in a court of law.
  • Proficient technical skills with the ability to handle complex database systems.

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Posted: February 9, 2017

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