Criminal History Specialist at Government of the District of Columbia

Government of the District of Columbia


Mid Level

Washington, DC, USA

$57.162 - $73.596

14 Jan → 13 Feb

Job Description

There is only one city in the country that can say it is the Nation’s Capital – Washington, D.C. Given that distinction, The Metropolitan Police Department is the premiere law enforcement organization in the city. We receive over 22 million visitors a year, have almost 700,000 residents, and 21,000 private business. The Department consists of more than 4,300 members: approximately 3,700 sworn members and over 600 civilian employees. We are one of the most diverse and highly trained departments in the country. We have the honor of safeguarding and protecting not only our nation’s residents, but also people from all over the world.

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) offers an attractive benefits package. The benefits package includes competitive compensation, health insurance, prescription drug coverage, dental, vision, short and long term disability and life insurance, as well a strong retirement benefit and savings options. Employees are also eligible for our employer contributed 401a plan after one year of employment. Additional perks such as discounts on wireless carriers, gym memberships, amusement park tickets and much more! Additional information can be found at: DCHR Benefits

This position is located in the Technical and Analytical Services Bureau, within the Records Division. It is the mission of the Metropolitan Police Department to safeguard the District of Columbia and protect its residents and visitors by providing the highest quality of police service with integrity, compassion, and a commitment to innovation that integrates people, technology and progressive business systems.

This Criminal History Specialist position is covered under the National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) bargaining unit and you may be required to pay an agency fee through direct payroll deductions.

Work location is in an office environment. The work is generally sedentary; however, the incumbent will experience periods of walking, standing, bending, and sitting for extended periods.

The Government of the District of Columbia values the safety of our employees, our residents, and our visitors. In support of these values, if you are selected for this job you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs. If you are invited to join our team, you must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to your initial HR representative, or you must request an exemption from your representative. New employees must either provide proof of vaccination or be granted a medical or religious exemption by the hiring agency before working with the Government of the District of Columbia.

The position may be considered an Essential or Emergency position. This position is part of a 24-7 operation and is subject to non-traditional work hours, including rotating shifts, shift work and working weekends and holidays.

A background investigation including criminal history, traffic and credit checks is required for positions within the Metropolitan Police Department.

If the position you are applying for is in the Career, Management Supervisory, or Educational Service at an annual salary of one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000) or more, you must establish residency in the District of Columbia within one hundred eighty (180) days of the effective date of the appointment and continue to maintain residency within the District of Columbia throughout the duration of the appointment.

The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer: all qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination, which is also prohibited. In addition, harassment based on any of the above-protected categories is prohibited. Click here to review additional information Employment Disclosure & Information for Applicants

Job Responsibilities

  • Rolls fingerprints into Livescan and transmits information to the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS); searches and compares prints to establish the identity of individuals; determines if false information has been given and creates and maintains criminal history fingerprint information.
  • Takes fingerprint impressions, utilizing ink and Livescan for criminal and non-criminal matters; obtains suspect prints for fingerprint comparison and identification; analyzes and makes accurate decisions on fingerprint patterns for identification and classification using AFIS.
  • Communicates with sworn personnel, officers of the court, general public, management, staff from other law enforcement agencies, AFIS-related vendors, professional peers, and other City employees. Provides investigative information pertaining to fingerprints, disseminate fingerprint files, testifies in court, and operates AFIS.
  • Responds to agitated/angry customers who may refute arrests, charges, and case dispositions. Exhausts internal departmental means to resolve issues. Answers questions regarding the laws, procedures, and processes that govern local and national criminal background checks.
  • Receives requests/referrals for information on ten-print; searches files and run records checks to assist officers in identifying suspects at the time of booking to determine the correct identity of prisoners with prior arrests and/or outstanding warrants. Responds to inquiries from police personnel/agencies on matters of general fingerprint files.
  • Receives complex requests for Criminal History Reports (PD-70) from the public, businesses, federal, state, county, and District government law enforcement agencies, via telephone, teletype, email, correspondence and in person at the Service Counter. Reviews PD-70 requests for completeness and accuracy of information.
  • Obtains requestors identification to verify proof-of-identity. Matches fingerprint impression against information on the PD-70 and reviews documents to determine if release forms were executed correctly. Reviews the purpose of criminal background requests, e.g., general employment or employment with children, FBI fingerprints, visas, etc.
  • Accesses various criminal information systems such as Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS), Washington Area Law Enforcement System (WALES), Court Information System (CIS), Pretrial, and Bail Reform Agency System (BARS), DC Corrections- JACCS and other similar systems.
  • Interprets legal and police terms, such as disposition results on the rap sheet, sentencing, parole, probation, etc. Examines the spelling of the person's name and validates demographic information (birth date, social security number, etc.). Follows-up on applicable convictions/forfeitures until final dispositions are located.
  • Responds to written requests for criminal background checks from local businesses. Provides customer service to all applicants, employees, and volunteers that report to the criminal records office. Develops and prepares daily, monthly, and annual fingerprinting reports. Prepares daily reports for DCOP processing, and maintains file system of criminal records.

Requirements / Qualifications

  • Comprehensive knowledge of and experience in rolling tenprints, palm prints, and major case prints in both ink and Livescan.

  • Knowledge of criminal information systems, such as the Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) and the Washington Area Law Enforcement System (WALES).

  • Knowledge of the Henry Classification System of Fingerprinting. Sufficient understanding of police terminology and legal terms, e.g., UUV, DWI, Rap Sheet, forfeiture of collateral, disposition, etc.

  • Knowledge of all District Government agencies to forward completed background reports.

  • Demonstrated ability to operate a variety of office equipment such as a PC, copy machine, laminator, fax machine, Lektrievers.

  • Ability to perform basic math computation and is attentive to details, e.g., ensuring that names, accurate tallies, and numbers are correct.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, police personnel, other forensic laboratories or law enforcement agencies, city personnel, and the public.

  • Maintains proficiency in the use of all aspects of AFIS for such purposes as quality control, consolidation of records, image quality upgrade, and updating alphanumeric data.

  • The incumbent is required to possess and maintain a valid motor vehicle operator’s permit.

  • Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the (CS-07) grade level, or its non-District equivalent, gained from the public or private sector. Specialized experience includes utilizing rolling tenprints, palm prints, and major case prints in both ink and Livescan, understanding Criminal Justice Information Systems and the Henry Classification System, operating various office equipment, and performing basic math computations.

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