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ISP Fingerprint Technician, Trainee 8004

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Posting Begin Date: 2024/03/06
Posting End Date: 2024/03/19
Category: Law Enforcement
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Meridian, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 15.96
Maximum Salary: 18.85
Pay Rate Type: Hourly

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Idaho State Police - Meridian, Idaho

State of Idaho Opportunity

ISP Fingerprint Technician, Trainee


The Idaho State Police Bureau of Criminal Identification Unit is looking for a highly specialized professional to learn techniques of fingerprint analysis, classification, technical fingerprint identifications, and criminal records work consisting of classifying, and comparing biometrics of unknown and known persons, crime suspects according to accepted scientific methods. They also perform related work. 

The successful applicant may be reclassified to a Fingerprint Technician after completion of a training period and successful completion of probation (approximately six months), and the salary be adjusted to $18.85 per hour. They will also be required to obtain International Association for Identification (IAI) Tenprint Fingerprint Certification within three (3) years of being selected/promoted for the position of Fingerprint Technician (if not currently certified).

PLEASE NOTE: The successful applicant will be required to complete a background investigation, polygraph examination and comply with our drug policy. Please review the ISP Drug Policy and ISP Grooming and Appearance Standards.

Examples of Duties

1. Fingerprint identification.

Typical duties: In a training capacity: classifies simple to routine fingerprints through detailed and systematic analysis using the Henry and National Crime Information Center classification systems; searches and compares prints on file for matching purposes with unidentified prints; uses established methods during identification of prints to ensure accuracy is maintained and evidence preserved; operates a biometric workstation to conduct quality control and visual verification of Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) searches (ABIS is a comprehensive, fully-integrated computer based system used for capture and input of biometric images for comparisons to assist in the identification of criminals and to solve crimes).

2. Clerical. 

Typical duties: maintains biometric files, data entry, perform complex and precise identification of submitted biometrics to examine, classify, identify, and compare utilizing accepted scientific methods and practices.

Minimum Qualifications

Good knowledge of general office practices and familiarity with computer systems and databases. 

  • Typically gained by a bachelor's degree or higher in a related field OR at least two college courses in a related subject area AND at least 2-years or applicable work experience in a related field. A combination of coursework and experience that represents good knowledge may also be considered. 


  • Entering and retrieving data using a computerized record system.
  • Monitoring a records system to identify and correct errors.
  • Researching a variety of sources to solve problems.
  • Interpreting, explaining, and applying regulations, laws, or complex policies to carry out assignments.
  • Working with sensitive or restricted data

Incumbents train to perform progressively more difficult assignments to learn the basic elements, methods, and procedures involved in the classification, identification, and systematic filing of fingerprints. 

It is essential that the incumbents have the following: 

  • Visual acuity sufficient to perceive minute differences in fingerprint impressions. 
  • Stamina to work with minute visual detail for up to seven hours per day.

Applications will be accepted through 4:59 PM MST on the posting end date.


The State of Idaho offers a robust total compensation package, including medical, vision, and dental insurance; PERSI retirement benefits; paid sick, vacation, and parental leave; and 11 paid holidays per year. For additional information related to benefits and/or State programs, please visit*


The State of Idaho is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, political affiliation or belief, sex, national origin, genetics, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.

The State of Idaho is committed to access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. If you require an accommodation at any step in our recruitment process, you are encouraged to contact (208) 334-2263 (TTY/TTD: 711), or email [email protected].

Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.