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Police Identification Technician, Trainee

This recruitment will remain open until 200 applications have been received or until the posted closing date, Friday, January 22, 2021, whichever comes first. Applications received after the 200 application limit has been reached will not be included in this recruitment process.

The Forensic Evidence Division is a high performance unit, requiring employees to perform their work independently and accurately while under stringent time constraints. Police Identification (ID) Technician Trainees work in the Forensic Evidence Division of the Portland Police Bureau and in the booking facility of the Multnomah County Jail alongside adult and juvenile offenders. Police ID Technician Trainees enter a training program to prepare for the job of Police Identification Technician I. The training program lasts nine months and consists of on-the-job training and self-study. After successful completion of the training program, a Trainee is appointed as a Police Identification Technician I. The job involves standing and sitting for long periods of time, and bending and lifting to retrieve files. Technicians work in a stressful and physically demanding environment, frequently under adverse conditions, while fingerprinting and interacting with subjects incarcerated in the Multnomah County jail and the Forensic Evidence Division of the Portland Police Bureau (Justice Center). Technicians are responsible for photographing suspects, employees, volunteers and job applicants; fingerprinting persons, classifying the prints and making comparisons with those on file to determine the identity of a person and testifying in court to those findings; and using various types of computer systems, including RegJIN, the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) and the ImageWare video mug system. These systems may be used for data entry, storage and/or retrieval. Technicians and Trainees are scheduled for work on day, evening or night shifts, as well as weekends and holidays.

Knowledge of law enforcement procedure and terminology or a related area is highly desirable, although not required.