Employment Opportunity

Forensic Supervisor

Irvine Police Department, Irvine, California

Salary: $72,425.60 - $113,880.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: This position is open on a continuous basis with a first review of applicants on Wednesday, January 4, 2017. The City reserves the right to close the recruitment at any time following this date.

The Public Safety Department seeks to hire an individual to supervise, train and schedule non-sworn Crime Scene Investigation personnel. The Forensic Supervisor will oversee daily operations, assist administrative, purchasing and budgeting functions and perform service calls for the City of Irvine Crime Scene Investigation unit. These service calls involve identification, collection and preservation of evidence.

The Forensic Supervisor supervises staff, delegates assignments, implements field staff work schedules, assists in recruitment/ testing/ hiring activities, evaluates employees and oversees and provides forensic training to Officers and staff.

This position is also responsible for documenting crime scenes with photographs, video recordings, diagrams and reports. Knowledge of computer forensics is highly desired. Experience with a wide range of computer hardware and software is preferred to assist in the collection of evidence from various types of computer systems. Knowledge of Encase forensic software is also highly desired.

This position requires effective verbal and written communication skills as well as the ability to interact with law enforcement personnel, city staff, the general public, and attorneys.

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  • Supervises assigned staff. Delegates assignments, explains special orders and information. Provides advice and assistance on investigative matters. Investigates citizen complaints and inquiries regarding subordinate personnel. Prepares and reviews written and oral performance evaluations. Assigns objectives and implements disciplinary action.
  • Coordinates and implements field staff work schedules. Monitors and approves overtime requests, schedules and vacation requests. Forecasts required CSI staffing needs ensuring adequate field coverage. Keeps the CSI unit up-to-date with new and changing technology, training and techniques.
  • Prepares staff reports as assigned.
  • Assists in budget preparation and monitoring. Plans and researches capital expenditures such as fixtures and equipment relating to the operation of the forensics unit.
  • Coordinates and implements CSI training operations. Develops training and informational bulletins for CSI and police personnel. Provides and participates in ongoing training and development for CSI unit. Assesses training needs for CSI personnel and assigns CSI personnel to specialized training courses or seminars.
  • Assists in recruitment/testing/ hiring activities. Assists in new employee orientation. Evaluates employee's ability to understand and perform assigned job tasks.
  • Provides input on city and department policies and procedures and enforces such policies and procedures through interpretation, counseling and appropriate disciplinary action.
  • Acts as Irvine Public Safety Department Latent Print Administrator to Orange County CAL-ID.
  • Monitors and responds to field CSI investigations. Coordinates crime scene investigative activities. Locates, identifies, collects, protects, preserves and analyzes evidence at crime scenes and other locations using a variety of specialized equipment and techniques. Develops and lifts latent prints; prepares and enters latent prints into Cal-Id computer system. Collects and classifies other types of body prints. Prepares castings of tires, foot, hand, tool and other types of impressions. Performs basic analysis of blood, hair, fiber, ballistic, narcotic and other type of evidence. Performs physical match comparisons.
  • Documents crime scenes with photographs, video recordings, diagrams and reports. Searches criminal and court records and files. Takes various types of photographs of evidence, recovered property, and suspects, victims, prisoners, and other persons. May prepare photographic chemicals; develop prints, enlarges and mounts 35mm or digital photographs.
  • Prepares evidence for courtroom presentation; may testify in court regarding findings.
  • Prepares and maintains a variety of records, reports and files including those regarding the detection, protection, collection and preservation at crime scenes.
  • Oversees and provides forensic training to Officers and lower level staff. Operates, monitors and trains others in the use of the CAL-ID Automated Fingerprint Identification System.
  • May perform any of the duties performed by Forensic Specialist I and II classifications.
Additional Tasks and Responsibilities While the following tasks are necessary for the work of the unit, they are not an essential part of the purpose of this position and may also be performed by other unit members.
  • Files and maintains fingerprint cards, photographs and negatives.
  • Instructs CSI Citizen Police Academy classes.
  • Performs other duties as required.


  • High School diploma supplemented with specialized training courses in Crime Scene Investigation, or any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • At least ten (10) years of experience as a Crime Scene Investigator or Forensic Specialist.
  • Requires a valid California driver license.

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Posted: December 15, 2016

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