Employment Opportunity

Forensic Identification Specialist

Torrance Police Department, Torrance, California

Salary: $4,990.27 - $6,064.93 Monthly

Final Filing Date: March 28, 2017

The Torrance Police Department Crime Scene Investigations Unit is looking for skilled professionals to join the civilian experts in Forensics Science!

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As a key member of the Crime Scene Investigation Unit, the Forensic Identification Specialist will be required to apply specialized techniques in identifying, documenting, collecting and preserving all types of physical and biological evidence, to include all types of friction skin evidence, casting of shoe wear and other impression evidence; take still and video photographs and/or recordings pertaining to all aspects of crime scene investigations; and to utilize various chemical processes to develop latent prints and to provide expert testimony to both comparisons of partial and distorted friction skin evidence and crime scene investigations. Performs related work as required.

Hours: This position operates on a 4/10 schedule an may be required to work weekends, evenings, holidays, and on an on-call basis. Forensic Identification Specialists are required to travel to a variety of off-site locations and must be able to respond during off-duty hours.


Any combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge and skills is qualifying. A typical way of obtaining the necessary knowledge and abilities is:
  • Graduation from a college with an Associate's degree in Forensic Science, Administration of Justice, or a related field.
  • OR
  • One year of paid experience in law enforcement identification work; including investigative photography, fingerprint identification, collection, development, and preservation of physical evidence or the equivalent at an accredited forensic laboratory, or law enforcement agency, participating in site investigations and laboratory analysis.
License and/or Certification
  • Must possess a valid State of California driver's license of the appropriate class.
Ideal Candidate - In addition to the minimum qualifications, the most qualified candidate will possess knowledge of:
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Forensic Science, Biology, Chemistry, Criminal Justice or a related field and one– two years of Crime Scene investigation, forensic photography and /or latent print examinations;
  • An International Association for Identification (IAI) certification as a Crime Scene Investigator (CCSI) and/or a Certified Latent Print Examiner (CLPE);
  • Knowledge of Federal, State and local laws regulating the collection and preservation of evidence;
  • Specialized techniques used to process and document basic and complex crime scenes;
  • Preservation and collection of physical, biological and trace evidence;
  • Development, collection and preservation of latent prints from physical evidence;
  • Operating digital imaging equipment, techniques and related software;
  • Entering and comparing latent print impressions in the various Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS);
  • Methods used to compare and identify latent fingerprints of partial and distorted friction ridge skin to known tenprint/palmprint exemplars;
  • Effective written and communication skills; and
  • Ability to present evidence as an expert witness in court.

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Posted: March 7, 2017

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