Identification technician (papilloscopy) - Salary and Career
Investigation and identification agents

Identification technician (papilloscopy) - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They investigate crimes, prepare forensics of objects, documents and crime scenes, plan investigations, carry out arrests, fulfilling a court order or in flagrante delicto, identify people and corpses, collecting fingerprints, palms and soles. They act in crime prevention, manage crises, assist victims, mediate negotiations and rescue hostages, organize papilloscopic records and guard prisoners. They record information in reports, bulletins and reports, collect depositions and give testimony.

How much does an Identification technician (papilloscopy) earn

A Identification technician (papilloscopy) earns between $1.400 and $5.026 per month, with an average monthly salary of $1.854 and a median salary of $1.400 according to an Averwage.com salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 7 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).


Salary ranges for the Identification technician (papilloscopy)

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 1.854 22.253 464 9
1º Quartile 1.400 16.800 350 7
Median Salary 1.400 16.800 350 7
3º Quartile 3.833 45.994 958 18
Higher Salary 5.026 60.309 1.256 24


Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • medium level technicians in administrative sciences
      • technicians of administrative sciences
        • investigation and identification agents

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Main workplaces

Investigation and identification agents police investigators and police papilloscopists work in public administration, security and defense bodies, as statutory bodies. Professional detectives work in personal service or self-employed companies. The work of these occupations is usually carried out in teams, under occasional supervision. The professionals work indoors, outdoors or in vehicles, at irregular and varied hours, with or without shift rotation. May be subject to pressure situations, exposure of toxic material and risk of death.


What does it take to work in the field of Investigation and identification agents

The exercise of these occupations requires high school education and professional training of 200 to 400 class hours (police investigators) and more than 400 class hours (professional detectives). Papilloscopists are qualified in specialized courses, with more than four hundred class hours, taught by police academies. Higher education is required for federal police papilloscopists.


Functions and activities of Identification technician (papilloscopy)

Investigation and identification agents must:

  • making arrests;
  • scan documents, objects, and crime scenes;
  • communicate;
  • make arrests;
  • inspect documents, objects and crime scenes;
  • identify persons and corpses;
  • making arrests;
  • organize papilloscopic records;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • expert documents, objects and crime scenes;
  • manage crisis;
  • custodiar prisoners;
  • prevent crime;
  • plan investigation;
  • custodiar detainees;
  • custodiar prinos;
  • investigate crimes;
  • make arrests;
  • plan research;

  • Activities

    • monitor execution of warrants;
    • analyze occurrences;
    • find fingerprints;
    • reporting the parties involved in the crime to the police authority;
    • act with common sense;
    • act with civility and respect;
    • run special rounds;
    • interrogate indicted or suspects;
    • archive fragments of digit-papillary impressions;
    • work as a team;
    • provide relief to victims;
    • act discreetly;
    • physically empower yourself;
    • preserve crime scene;
    • photograph people, objects and places;
    • keep looking good;
    • collect testimonials and statements;
    • check documents;
    • drive vehicles offensively and defensively;
    • request the presence of family members;
    • update papiloscopy museum collection;
    • improve papilloscopy techniques;
    • reveal latent digit-papillary impressions;
    • teach papilloscopy techniques;
    • infiltrate among suspects for investigation;
    • handle weapons;
    • save values and objects;
    • register police reports and detailed terms;
    • interview people;
    • map victims and suspects meeting places;
    • attest to the veracity of identity documents;
    • visit district locks;
    • draw sketches of the crime scene;
    • produce statistics;
    • qualify the person (collect personal data);
    • demonstrate visual ability;
    • protect people;
    • demonstrate courage;
    • bear testimony;
    • drive vehicles in an offensive and defensive manner;
    • assist in the reconstruction of crimes and locations;
    • issue background certificate;
    • approach suspicious persons and vehicles;
    • collect evidence of crime;
    • compose research panels;
    • issue expert reports and technical opinions;
    • chat in code;
    • demonstrate insight;
    • take a detainee for urgent treatment;
    • work as a team;
    • operate optical and digital image processing devices;
    • plan papilloscopic work;
    • subpoena people;
    • protect assets;
    • isolate location;
    • bringing the parties involved in the crime to the police authority;
    • ensure physical and moral integrity of the prisoner;
    • list witnesses;
    • complete court orders;
    • detect regions with high crime rate;
    • using artifices and disguises;
    • search suspicious people and places;
    • assist in the reenactment of crimes and locations;
    • rescue hostages;
    • escort detainees and juvenile offenders;
    • seize weapons;
    • set up barriers for investigations;
    • show patience;
    • mark characteristic points in the fingerprints;
    • intermediate negotiations;
    • proceed with preventive forum scan;
    • prepare composite sketch;
    • driving a prisoner for forensic examination;
    • confront fingerprints, palms and soles;
    • check reports;
    • maintain professional ethics;
    • block lost or stolen identity card validity;
    • find suspects;
    • observe places and people (make a bell);
    • request firefighters, snipers, air support;
    • collect fingerprints, palms and soles;
    • profile the offender;
    • confront witnesses and suspects;
    • provide recognition of suspects and objects;
    • make cadaver gloves;
    • keep up to date;
    • exchange information with similar bodies in the country and abroad;
    • monitor visits to prisoners;
    • classify fingerprints and palms;
    • check documentation in business transactions;
    • report;
    • search in dactyloscopic and onomastic files;
    • archive individual dactyloscopic records;


    Sectors that hire Identification technician (papilloscopy) the most in the job market

    • other service activities provided mainly to companies
    • information technology consulting
    • urbanization works - streets, squares and sidewalks




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