Employment Opportunity

Criminalist II (Firearm and Toolmark)

San Francisco Police Department, San Francisco, California

Salary: $95,914.00 - $116,584.00 per year

Final Filing Date: This recruitment may close at any time, but no sooner than Wednesday, July 6, 2016.

The San Francisco Police Department has one ( 1 ) full-time position in our Firearm and Toolmark Unit of the Crime Lab. Under supervision performs sophisticated collection, analysis and evaluation of firearm and toolmark related evidence utilizing standardized and industry accepted techniques to classify, compare and identify a variety of firearms, cartridges, cartridge cases, bullets, toolmarks and similarly related evidence. Conducts complete scientific test of firearms evidence utilizing chemical and microscopic techniques and instrumentation which may include comparison microscopes, forensic photography, lasers, x-ray cameras and computer networking linked to federal, state and local databases; documents findings; prepares technical written reports of laboratory examinations and communicates directly with law enforcement, attorneys, and various agencies regarding results found; prepares evidence in order to provide expert court testimony as to findings; maintains records and files, stores evidence, keeps abreast of scientific advancements in forensic fields by attending conferences, reading technical journals, seminars, and training sessions.

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  1. Examines and classifies the make, model and serial number of firearms and munitions in connection with criminal investigations using various laboratory equipment and systems.
  2. Researches established methodologies and relevant literature to determine applicable methods to be used in each specific situation.
  3. Reviews files and images that have been entered into local and national firearm databases for potential associations (NIBIN Database).
  4. Restores by physical or chemical etching process to identify fracture match, toolmarks or serial numbers which have been removed or obliterated from firearm related evidence.
  5. Test fires weapons in water tanks, cotton wadding and/or other recovery systems to determine possible use in criminal activities.
  6. Performs trigger pull analysis to determine ballistic information related to firearm and crime scene.
  7. Takes photographs employing photo micrographic techniques during analytical comparison
  8. Performs render-safe procedures in the unloading of weapons which are compromised, unsafe, or unfamiliar to Department members
  9. Maintains chain of custody and integrity of evidence under their control.
  10. Prepare reports on all evidence examination, which include description of weapon and /or ammunition and tests results or comparisons
  11. Maintains report files, ensuring proper evidence storage in accordance with standard operating procedures.
  12. Interprets/evaluates examination results to determine their validity, scientific significance, and the evidentiary value that will provide
  13. Testifies in court as to the findings of tests performed in the laboratory and concerning general firearms examination science.
  14. Performs routine preventative maintenance on equipment and quality control procedures to preserve use longevity and efficiency.
  15. Performs related duties and responsibilities as assigned.


  1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in criminal justice, police science, criminalistics, forensic science, physical science, natural science, industrial technology, or related field of studies; AND
  2. Two Years of casework experience in a laboratory performing duties of a Firearm and Tool Mark examiner (equivalent to the City's 8259 Criminalist I). AND
  3. Membership in (or qualified to be accepted as a member within six months of appointment) of the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE); AND
  4. Possession of a valid driver’s license.
Desirable Qualifications:
  • Firearms Evidence Examination & ID Certificate from Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners
  • Toolmarks Evidence Examination & ID Certification from Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners
  • Gunshot Residue Evidence & ID Certification from Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners
The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.

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Posted: June 8, 2016

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