Employment Opportunity

Fingerprint Supervisor

Washington State Patrol, Olympia, Washington

Salary: $3,453.00 - $4,532.00 Monthly

Final Filing Date: This recruitment will be open until filled.

This position supervises staff assigned to the Fingerprint Unit and is responsible to schedule, supervise, train, and evaluate fingerprint technicians, fingerprint lead technicians and office assistant staff assigned to the Unit. The incumbent is also performs advanced fingerprint identifications and criminal record work. The Fingerprint Unit operates 24/7 and shift bidding will be conducted every six months, therefore hours of work will vary.

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  • Create work schedules for staff and monitor for best usage of the Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) equipment.
  • Create the shift bid schedules to accommodate business hours and high volume processing hours.
  • Perform complex Quality Control on biometric submissions to prepare for technical search and comparison of the ABIS database. Substitute better quality biometrics when applicable to maintain database image integrity.
  • Maintain approved cycle times for all jobs within the Fingerprint Unit.
  • Train or assign training for fingerprint technicians and office assistants in the key work activities and key functions.
  • Supervise and provide guidance for the fingerprint rolling techniques and remote site training programs.
  • Ensure technicians work within accuracy standards and are properly trained to perform all activities within the unit.
  • Communicate with management daily on the issues within the unit.
  • Provide expertise and guidance to management in the development of procedures and recommendations for fingerprint identification operations.
  • Analyze, compare, evaluate and verify criminal and applicant biometric data submissions against ABIS database to assist criminal justice and non-criminal justice, private and public sector agencies to determine identity of known and unknown subjects.
  • Ensure accuracy and productivity standards set for the unit are maintained.
  • Write and review technical evidence reports for identifications made for federal agencies, criminal justice agencies, coroners, and medical examiners.
  • Provide court testimony related to inked and electronic biometric data identifications and comparisons.
  • Ensure all fingerprint unit staff receive necessary training needed to provide expert courtroom testimony.


  • High school graduation or GED equivalent.
  • Technical fingerprint classification experience in a recognized law enforcement agency.
  • Knowledge of fingerprint classification methods and procedures, rules of evidence, and court testimony procedures.
  • Ability to effectively communicate, independently analyze and weigh the risks versus benefits in decision and recommendations related to fingerprint issues.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with co-workers, the public and criminal justice agencies.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality in the performance of this role.
  • Organization and time management skills.
  • Ability to work rotating shifts that include: days, evenings, graveyard, and weekends.
  • Five years of technical fingerprint classification experience in a recognized law enforcement agency.
  • Knowledge of latent fingerprint comparison techniques.
  • Can be relied upon to achieve excellent results with little need for oversight; earns the trust, respect, and confidence of coworkers and customers through consistent honesty, forthrightness and professionalism in all interaction.
  • Supervision Experience that includes the ability to interview, select, assign and direct work, evaluate, and discipline one or more employees, set expectations, instruct, coach and identify training needs.
  • Ability to use ABIS: Searches new fingerprints that were checked against the name file with negative results through the master fingerprint file for determining whether the prints are those of persons already in the file or under a different name.
  • Analytical Skills: Analyzes fingerprints for quality in order to develop accurate conclusions; uses data to determine acceptable quality and/or match between fingerprints obtained and those in ABIS database.
  • Coaching/Mentoring: Actively work with staff to provide them with information, techniques, instructions, feedback and encouragement to maximize their success on the job.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility: Ability to adapt easily to changing business needs and workflow environment.
  • Workload Management: Effectively organize multiple assignments, sometimes of a complex nature or involving competing priorities, to produce work products that are accurate, thorough, and on time.
  • Customer Focus: Ability to be responsive to customer needs and expectations.
  • Judgment: Displays balanced thinking that combines analysis, wisdom, experience and perspective. Produces decisions that withstand "the test of time."
  • Ability to take quality fingerprints: Knowledge of fingerprint rolling technique to ensure quality fingerprints are used for search in ABIS.
  • Teaching and Training: Effectively communicate information for the purpose of having others learn, understand, apply specific principles, techniques, or information.
  • Written Communication: Convey ideas and information in writing using language that is appropriate to both the complexity of the topic and the knowledge and understanding of the reader.
  • Must be able to obtain Tenprint Certification through the International Association for Identification by taking all required educational courses.
  • If the successful candidate for this position is moving from out of the area in order to accept this position, moving expenses may be authorized by the department. This will be discussed further when an employment offer is made.

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Posted: March 22, 2017

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