Employment Opportunity

Firearms Examiner

Oklahoma City Police Department. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Salary: $54,830.88 - $83,749.68 Annually

Final Filing Date: April 2, 2017

This job is located in the Investigations Bureau of the Oklahoma City Police Department and is under the direction of an immediate supervisor. The primary responsibility of this classification is to classify, match, and identify a variety of firearms, weapons, cartridges, bullets, and similar ballistics evidence. The Firearms Examiner must use specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities acquired prior to assuming the job.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Examining and classifying firearms and munitions received as evidence;
  • Determining the make, model, and serial number of firearms;
  • Reviewing files to determine if recovered weapons have a previous record of being stolen or wanted as evidence;
  • Restoring by a chemical etching process identifying marks or numbers which have been removed;
  • Test firing weapons in water tanks and/or other recovery systems;
  • Comparing bullets and fired cartridge casings with those recovered at crime scenes;
  • Utilizing a microscope to make bullet specimen and cartridge casing comparisons;
  • Taking photographs of ammunition employing photo micrographic techniques.
  • Traveling to assist in on-site inspection and collection of evidence from crime scenes;
  • Preparing reports on all evidence examinations which include description of weapon or ammunition and results of tests and/or comparisons;
  • Preparing evidence and testifying in court as to the findings of tests performed in the laboratory;
  • Maintaining report files, ensuring proper evidence storage, and participating in continuous training programs in areas related to firearms identification and examination.
  • The employee has regular contact with law-enforcement personnel, Officers of the Court and other law-enforcement agencies to exchange work related information.
  • The work products are reviewed by the immediate supervisor for overall quality, accuracy, and adherence to departmental policies and procedures.


Job Requirements
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of firearms and munitions identification and comparison.
  • Knowledge of equipment used for testing, measuring, and/or identifying firearms and munitions items.
  • Skill in the operation of the existing laboratory equipment.
  • Skill in applying and maintaining proper laboratory techniques and procedures.
  • Skill in recording information accurately.
  • Skill in communicating in both verbal and written form.
  • Ability to make precise and accurate measurements and microscopic examinations.
  • Ability to operate standard office machines and equipment
  • Ability and willingness to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records and prepare reports.
  • Ability to utilize and handle a variety of weapons safely.
  • Willingness and ability to appear in court to provide expert testimony.
  • Willingness to uphold departmental standards and policies.
  • Possession of a valid driver license.
  • Bachelor's degree, or higher, in a scientific or technical area of study.
  • Minimum two (2) years' experience conducting independent forensic examinations of firearms-related evidence in an accredited forensic testing laboratory.
  • Primarily in-doors in a laboratory environment.
  • Occasional local travel to assist in on-site inspection and collection of evidence from crime scenes.
  • Occasional local and out-of-state travel to attend conferences and seminars.
  • Subject to continuous exposure to light and glare from a computer monitor.
  • Subject to continuous exposure to low-level noise from computers, ten-keys, copiers,faxes, etc.
  • Subject to communicating technical information under cross-examination.
  • Occasionally required to work beyond normal working hours.
  • Subject to being on-call 24-hours including weekends and holidays.
  • Strength enough to lift and carry items and equipment weighing up to 50 lbs.
  • Manual and finger dexterity enough to operate equipment such as microscopes, scales,firearms and firearm testing equipment, etc.
  • Speech and hearing enough to communicate effectively in person or by telephone, or to make court presentations of evidence.
  • Near vision enough make microscopic examinations to compare and identify cartridges,bullets, and similar evidence, etc.
Other Notes
  • Civilian employees of the Oklahoma City Police Department must successfully complete a comprehensive background check and polygraph test prior to employment.

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Posted: March 20, 2017

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