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Fingerprint Jobs -  Description

Fingerprint Classifier, also known as Fingerprint Examiner, Fingerprint Expert, Identification Specialist /
Technician, Forensic Specialist / Technician, Latent Fingerprint Analyst, or its equivalent is to identify

The one important discipline within fingerprint forensic science is identification.  Fingerprint Classifiers
catalog and compare fingerprints of suspected criminals with records to determine if the people who left the
fingerprints at the scene of a crime were involved in previous crimes.

They often try to match the fingerprints of unknown persons with fingerprint records to establish their identity.
They work in laboratories and offices, as well as travel to other areas such as crime scenes.  Fingerprint
Technician workers compare new prints against those found after the commission of similar crimes.  The
Fingerprint worker documents this information and transfers it to the main record-keeping computer system,
often a large mainframe computer for large agencies and small computer terminal for small departments.

The examination and classification of fingerprint patterns requires close attention and precision.  When
using the automated process, most of the work is done sitting at a computer.  Manual searches are
conducted with the aid of a fingerprint magnifying glass.  Fingerprint Specialist worker who work in the field
must be able to walk, bend, and stoop at a variety of crime.

Fingerprint classification begins with determining the various types of fingerprint patterns.  Identification
requires manually classifying and searching hundreds of thousand of fingerprint cards to find fingerprints
matching those on the card or on the computer image being searched.

Computer technology has been applied to the science of fingerprints which requires Fingerprint Classifiers
to access automated files containing both demographic (age, sex, race, etc,) as well as images of
fingerprint patterns.  The Fingerprint Analyst worker codes the fingerprint card, loads it into an image
scanner, and waits for the results.

The Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) is a national automated fingerprint
identification and criminal history system maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Local and
state agencies have access to this computer scan system.

The National Crime Information Center (NCIC) is the United States' central database for tracking
crime-related information. Since 1967, the NCIC has been maintained by the Federal Bureau of
Investigation's Criminal Justice Information Services Division, and is interlinked with similar systems that
each state maintains.

Law enforcement jobs have common benefits-retirement pensions, paid sick days, paid vacation, medical,
and life insurance.