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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 507M
Category: Science & Engineering


Consults with, informs and advises representatives of law enforcement agencies, criminal justice agencies, and penal institutions, throughout the state, regarding Washington State Patrol criminal identification requirements and procedures; provides guidance and training to local officials and identification personnel.

Typical Work

Plans, organizes and conducts on‑the‑job training programs concerning fingerprint techniques; corrects manner of furnishing descriptors, offense and disposition information as scheduled throughout the state, or as requested by local criminal justice agencies; 

Attends and upon request instructs in seminars and schools relating to fingerprint identification and records conducted for other criminal justice officers; 

Serves as liaison between the Identification Section and other criminal justice agencies in matters pertaining to identification and records; 

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  science of fingerprints and the latest advancements; photography as applied to fingerprint identification; fingerprint and record file establishment and maintenance. 

Ability to: train and supervise others; follow written and oral instructions; establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow staff members and officers from other criminal justice agencies.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Two years of college education with a major in Police Science.


Eight years of fingerprint identification and record experience in a recognized law enforcement or related agency, two of which must have been in an administrative or supervisory capacity. 

Additional qualifying experience may be substituted, year for year, for education.

Class Specification History

New class Effective May 21, 1973
Revises definition, general revision August 18, 1975
New class code: (formerly 41580) effective July 1, 2007