Polk County, Florida Sheriff's Office

Latent Print Examiner I

Salary Range

$37,823 to $53,353

Position Concept

The Latent Print Examiner I is responsible for the classification, filing, and searching of fingerprints. The member performs technical and operational duties and tasks specific to the position.

The most important and essential job function of the position is attitude which includes the following: interacting positively and cooperating with co-workers, responding politely to customers, working as a team member, functioning under intense time pressure and responding in a positive manner to supervision.

The Latent Print Examiner I may perform other related duties and tasks, as required and shall have the physical, mental and emotional abilities to perform the essential job duties of the position.

Essential Functions

  • Classify and file fingerprint cards
  • Examine fingerprints
  • Conduct fingerprinting
  • Process unattached hands and fingers
  • Process evidence for latent prints
  • Conduct photography work
  • Complete written reports
  • Compile statistical reports
  • Attend Pre-trial conferences/depositions
  • Testify in court as expert witness

Education, Professional Certification or License

Professional Experience

Environmental Conditions

Required Skills and Knowledge

Knowledge of:

  • PCSO policy and procedures
  • Henry system of classification and filing
  • *NCIC system of classification
  • Latent and inked examination procedures
  • Photography
  • Fingerprinting techniques
  • Basic fingerprinting procedures
  • Pattern interpretation
  • Computer scanning programs
  • Anatomy
  • Safety requirements
  • Crime scene photography and processing
  • Crime scene processing procedures
  • Court procedures
  • Chart making
  • Case legality
  • Basic fingerprint science
  • Various software

Ability to:

  • Read and write English
  • Alphabetize
  • Operate office equipment
  • Operate a motor vehicle
  • Operate *AFIS equipment
  • Operate computer software


  • Inked to inked examination
  • Technical examinations
  • Interpersonal
  • Basic mathematical
  • Computer
  • Keyboarding
  • Basic English grammar
  • Report writing
  • Photography
  • Court presentation

*NCIC: National Crime Information Center
*AFIS :Automated Fingerprint Information System

Physical Requirements

  • Sit for long periods
  • Stand for long periods
  • See at normal range or with accommodations
  • Hear at normal level or with accommodations
  • Speak English understandably
  • Manual dexterity
  • Ambulate independently
  • Bend/squat
  • Walk
  • Climb
  • Sense of smell (normal)
  • Recognize colors
  • Lift 40 lbs.
  • Tolerate strong odors

To Apply

To apply please go to www.polksheriff.org and click on careers.