Employment Opportunity

Senior Digital Forensics Investigator

Vancouver Police Department, Vancouver, Washington

Salary: $73,104.00 - $91,380.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: This position is open until filled with the first review of applications on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

The purpose of this position is to conduct a variety of highly technical analyses and procedures in the collection, processing, preservation, and presentation of digital evidence to assist law enforcement in property crimes and cybercrime-related investigations. Act as technical expert within the department. Prepare detailed reports of investigations and analysis; confer with legal representatives in connection with trial preparation; make court appearances and give testimony relating to cases.

The candidate list may be used to fill future vacancies.

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  • Conduct seizures and examinations of electronic devices including cell phones/smart phones, tablets, laptops, personal computers and corresponding electronic data storage media to secure and recover data as evidence; Assist in the execution of search warrants for evidence in criminal investigations. Conduct on-site forensic analysis previews of digital evidence. Act as subject matter expert; make determinations and recommendations regarding appropriate items to be seized based on search warrant particulars and relevant case law.
  • Assist VPD Detectives and multi-jurisdictional law enforcement agencies in legal preparation and authoring of search warrants and subpoenas to properly obtain subscriber records and seizure of all types of electronic devices and media as evidence and for ESP/ISP subscriber records and content.
  • Conduct and participate in Internet-based investigations, including online operations regarding property crimes including fraud, forgery, ID theft, and may assist in other department investigations including child exploitation, child pornography, underage prostitution, cyberstalking and persons crimes such as homicides and assaults;
  • Maintain forensic server and network. Perform system backups; handle any issues with server connectivity. Act as liaison to IT department as needed.
  • Prepare for defense interviews and trials. Put together all relevant case information in easy-to-understand format. Present the case to prosecutors and defense teams for mandatory, pre-trial defense interviews. Present case in trial and respond to questions regarding findings. Collect, preserve, label, catalog, and store evidentiary items for presentation in criminal proceedings in accordance with legal standards
  • Compose reports on finding from digital evidence analysis.
  • Keep abreast of changes in local, state, and federal laws and best practices. Provide recommendations for changes to departmental policy or procedure and the purchase of equipment as it relates digital forensics.
  • Perform related duties as required.


  • Five (5) years of related experience in digital evidence analysis, with at least two (2) years in a law enforcement environment.
  • Equivalent to a Associate's Degree in digital forensics or related field.
  • Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.
Computer Skills
  • Intermediate skill utilizing two or more of the following platforms used for digital forensics analysis: EnCase, Cellebrite, X-Ways, and/or AccessData FTK.
  • Intermediate skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint.
Required Licenses and/or Certifications
  • Possession of: At least one industry accepted certification directly related to digital forensics, such as IACIS certified (preferred) Cellebrite certified (preferred), EnCase (EnCE preferred), SCERS, AccessData FTK or other industry accepted certification(s) directly related to digital forensics.
  • Ability to Obtain: Ability to obtain a limited law enforcement commission.
  • Principles, methods and practices of investigation, evidence identification and collection.
  • PC operating systems, hardware, and other peripherals.
  • Rules of evidence and applicable laws is desirable.
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.
  • Fundamental principles and procedures of record keeping.
  • English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Pertinent federal, state and local laws that pertain to the collection, processing, and preservation of computer related evidence
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment
  • Use of personal computers and basic software
  • Collect, preserve, label, catalog, and store evidentiary items for presentation in criminal proceedings in accordance with legal standards.
  • Utilize computer hardware and software and other equipment commonly used in analysis and recovery of computer data.
  • Learn to interpret and apply Federal, State, and local policies, procedures, laws and regulations.
  • Work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Maintain confidentiality related to the area of work
  • Operate and use modern office equipment including a personal computer and appropriate computer programs
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Operate a personal computer and appropriate software
  • Work in a manner consistent with the City of Vancouver's Operating Principles
  • Work and act as a team player in all interactions with other City employees
  • Provide a high level of customer service at all times
  • Project and maintain a positive image with those contacted in the course of work
  • Develop and maintain collaborative and respectful working relationships with team members and others
  • Consistently provide quality service
  • Maintain regular and dependable attendance
Supplemental Information
  • This position is subject to successful completion of a pre-employment reference check and a comprehensive Vancouver Police Background background investigation including a polygraph.

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Posted: February 24, 2017

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