Fingerprint OfficerJob Description:
Fingerprint officers work to identify fingerprints taken from crime scenes.Job Category:
What you will do:
As a fingerprint officer, you could:
- attend crime scenes to collect fingerprint evidence
- take prints from bodies at incident scenes or in a mortuary
- compare prints with those of suspects
- scan police fingerprint forms into national fingerprint database systems
- analyse prints and marks to uncover links between crime scenes
- work with forensic staff to collect traces of other evidence left by fingerprints
- eliminate prints to rule out people not under suspicion
- classify records and maintain fingerprint databases
- prepare and present evidence for investigators and for court
- attend training on new fingerprint methods and technology
- knowledge of public safety and security
- legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
As well as:
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail (organisational skills)
- the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- to be flexible and open to change (adaptability skills)
- the ability to work on your own (drive)
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- applying directly
You could give yourself an advantage by doing a relevant degree in:
- forensic science
- applied science
Each police service sets its own entry requirements.
Police services will carry out checks into your background and employment history. This might also include checks on your close family members.
Some knowledge of forensic and photographic techniques is helpful though not essential.
Working Hours and Environment:
A typical week consists of 42-44 hours of work. You could be required to work evenings/weekends/bank holidays at short notice.
You could work in a laboratory. Your working environment may be emotionally demanding. You may need to wear protective clothing.
Career Path & Progression:
With experience, you could become a senior fingerprint officer or scientific support manager. With further training, you could become a scenes of crime officer (SOCO), or move into forensics or criminal intelligence work.