Employment Opportunity

Forensic Intern

Downey Police Department, Downey, California

Salary: $10.57 - $11.15 Hourly

Final Filing Date: This recruitment will remain open until a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received and may close without notice.


The position is located in the Forensic Unit of the Downey Police Department. The Unit is responsible for searching, collecting and preserving physical and biological evidence. The position assists the members of the Forensic Unit.

Working Hours: Flexible for an average of twenty (20) hours per week, Tuesday through Friday daytime hours. Part-Time shifts are flexible and may not exceed 999 hours on a fiscal year basis (July 1 through June 30).

In certain circumstances, the term of employment is one (1) year based on the employee's evaluations. The term of employment may be extended with management's approval for no more than three (3) years.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Work within the Forensic Unit to develop a good knowledge of latent print examination and comparisons;
  • Learn the necessary skills to input latent prints into the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS);
  • Assist in filing latent prints and photographs;
  • Process narcotic, arson, and sex offender registrants; and
  • Assist in other areas of the Department as needed.


Any combination of education, training, and work experience to demonstrate possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform in the position is qualifying. A typical combination is as follows:

  • High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Enrolled in or completion of college level Forensic Program with a concentration on Crime Scene Investigation and Fingerprint and/or Latent Print Comparison.
  • None required.
  • Experience paid or unpaid in the area of latent print comparison is desirable.
Knowledge of:
  • Fingerprint classification and identification; correct English usage, spelling, and grammar; operation of film and digital photographic equipment; modern fingerprint classification systems currently in use in law enforcement; fingerprint pattern recognition; rules of evidence and requirements for chain of custody; basic safety precautions for biohazards and chemical usage.
Ability to:
  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing; follow both oral and written instructions; work with minimum supervision; maintain the confidentiality of privileged information; establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and City officials, sworn officers, attorneys, other governmental agencies, the public and others encountered in the performance of duties.
License Required:
  • Due to the performance of field duties a valid California Class C Driver's License is required in addition to an acceptable driving record at the time of appointment and throughout employment in the position.

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How to apply: Apply online

Posted: March 16, 2017

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