Employment Opportunity

Supervising Forensic Identification Specialist

Los Angeles County Sheriff, CA

Salary: $75,303.36 - $96,119.04 Annually


Under general direction, supervises laboratory and field activities involving the collection and processing of crime scene evidence including but not limited to fingerprints and physical evidence. Positions allocated to this class report to a Crime Laboratory Assistant Director, Sheriff and are responsible for supervising laboratory and field activities including staff analyzing and comparing fingerprints and processing crime scenes for evidence. Incumbents may assist Forensic Identification Specialist II positions in their specialized investigations. Incumbents within this class must exercise knowledge of the principles of supervision and also an extensive knowledge of the principles and techniques of forensic identification laboratory and field work involving the collection and processing of crime scene evidence.

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  • Supervises forensic identification specialist engaged in office, laboratory, and field activities involving the collection and processing of crime scene evidence.
  • Physically assists in processing large-scale crime scenes as necessary.
  • Schedules personnel and makes casework assignments.
  • Prepares performance evaluations of subordinates.
  • Reviews reports such as field investigation, latent print comparisons, chemical processing, and various other related reports for accuracy and completeness.
  • Maintains weekly and monthly statistics on casework progress.
  • Implements procedures to meet the goals of the laboratory.
  • Coordinates training of Department employees and personnel from outside agencies.
  • Oversees the maintenance of the unit's vehicle fleet.
  • Prepares traffic accident and personal injury reports.
  • Administers proficiency tests.
  • Assists the Crime Laboratory Assistant Director, Sheriff in the assessing of budget needs and special projects.
  • Appears as an expert witness in court.


  • Option I: Graduation from an accredited college with a Bachelor's degree* in criminalistics, police science, natural science (e.g., biology, chemistry, physics), or a closely related field -AND- Three years of paid experience in a responsible forensic identification capacity at the level of Los Angeles County class Forensic Identification Specialist II** participating in site investigations and laboratory analysis. Experience at the level of Forensic Identification Specialist II may be substituted for the required education on a year for year basis to a maximum of four years of experience.
  • Option II: Two years of paid experience as a Forensic Identification Specialist II in the service of the County of Los Angeles.***
  • A valid California Class C Driver License is required to perform job-related essential functions. Candidates offered these positions would be required to show proof of a driver license prior to appointment. Successful applicants for this position will be required to obtain a copy of his/her driving record from the California State Department of Motor Vehicles before being appointed. A copy of your driving record must be presented at the time of your appointment. License must not be suspended, restricted, or revoked. AN APPLICANT WHOSE DRIVING RECORD SHOWS THREE (3) OR MORE VIOLATIONS WITHIN THE LAST YEAR WILL NOT BE APPOINTED.

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Posted: March 17, 2016

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