Employment Opportunity

Firearms Examiner

Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles, California

Salary: 81,160.00 - $118,661.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


A Firearms Examiner is a civilian employee of the Police Department who:
  • Examines and identifies firearms, weapons, cartridges, bullets, and similar evidence in criminal investigations;
  • Collects physical evidence at crime scenes;
  • Analyzes and reconstructs the events occurring at crime scenes;
  • Conducts complete scientific tests of firearms evidence using laboratory equipment;
  • Prepares documentation and reports on the results of the collection and analysis of evidence;
  • Testifies in court concerning the results of examinations;
  • Provides expert testimony on general firearms capability and examination methodology;
  • And does related work.


  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university; and
  • Four years of full-time paid experience in examining and identifying firearms, weapons, ammunition, and similar evidence, including court experience as an examiner of firearms evidence in a criminal proceeding.
  • In addition to the regular on-line City application, all candidates must complete a Firearms Examiner Training & Experience Questionnaire at the time of filing. The Firearms Examiner Training & Experience Questionnaire is located within the Supplemental Questions section of the on-line City Application. Applicants who fail to complete the Training & Experience Questionnaire will not be considered further in this examination, and their application will not be processed.
  • Some positions may require a valid California driver's license. Candidate may not be eligible for appointment to these positions if their record within the last 36 months reflects three or more moving violations, and/or at-fault accidents, or a conviction of a major moving violation (such as DUI).
  • A major in physical or natural science is desired but not required.
  • Please note that qualifying education must be from a college or university accredited by a City of Los Angeles recognized agency. A list of approved accrediting agencies can be found at http://per.lacity.org/Accredited%20Institutions%2008-21-08.pdf.
  • Candidates completing the examination process will be contacted by the Personnel Department to provide required proof of qualifying degree.

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How to apply: Apply online

Posted: June 24, 2016

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