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Employment Opportunity


Forensic Specialist

Buena Park Police Department, Buena Park, California

Salary: $53,846.00 - $68,719.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: May 7, 2017

The Forensic Specialist assists detectives and sworn personnel with the collection and preservation of evidence and testifies to court representatives to the validity of these processes. Forensic Specialists have direct contact with victims and the general public at crime scenes. The ideal candidate for this position is someone who is detail oriented, a critical thinker, and someone who values hard work and willing to go above and beyond to ensure a job well done. If you are ready to join an elite team utilizing the most up to date processes and procedures in crime analytics, APPLY TODAY!

Duties and Requirements Click to read more

Duties:

  • Travels to crime scene investigations.
  • Enters confined spaces or elevated areas to conduct inspection for crime evidence.
  • Locates and collects physical evidence to establish the elements of a violent crime or serious accident.
  • Uses evidence identification tools or video photography equipment to obtain and record evidence of imprints, ballistics traces, and trajectories.
  • Dusts for and lifts latent fingerprints; identifies suspects through latent fingerprint checks.
  • Sketches or draws crime scene representations.
  • Carries evidence to and from the crime labs and containment areas; transports evidence to and from the court buildings.
  • Prepares and maintains evidence records and reports.
  • Cleans and maintains video photography and identification equipment and orders supplies as needed.

Requirements:

Knowledge of:
  • Current technology and procedures for collecting, interpreting, and preserving latent fingerprint evidence; proper methods and procedures for processing imprints, firearm usage, projectiles, and trajectory evidence; modern practices and techniques for using video photography and recording equipment; effective customer service techniques.
Ability to:
  • Carefully collect, preserve, and interpret evidence; prepare sketches or drawings of crime scenes; maintain composure while conducting post mortem examinations and when observing severe accident and violent crime scenes; operate computer equipment to enter, retrieve, and update evidence and lab records; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with detectives, court representatives, law enforcement agencies, and the general public; accurately testify regarding evidence in court.
Physical Demands
  • While performing the duties of this class, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, and sit in performing both field and office duties. The employee must be able to talk and hear. The employee must be able to use hands to finger, handle, feel, or operate computer hardware and standard office equipment. In collecting field evidence, the employee frequently stoops, bends, squats, kneels, and reaches with arms above and below shoulder level to check areas. The employee frequently lifts and carries property and evidence processing kits and other documents typically weighing less than 50 pounds, and loads and retrieves this evidence from drawers, storage containers, and lockers within property and evidence vehicle and other police units or secured areas at crime scenes.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this class include close vision, depth perception, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
Mental Demands
  • While performing the duties of this class, the employee must be able to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information and documents; interpret policies and procedures; use basic math; learn and apply new information or new skills; work under deadlines with constant interruptions; and primarily interact with law enforcement personnel and court representatives and have direct contact with victims, witnesses, and the general public.
WORK ENVIRONMENT
  • The employee typically works in both field and office settings. The noise level is typically moderately quiet in the office, below 85 decibels but can be loud depending upon the location of the crime scene. Frequent driving is required to travel to crime scenes to collect and transport evidence, pick up and drop off evidence processing equipment, and to transport evidence and property to and from court and secured areas within the department. The employee is subject to variable weather conditions, traffic, and wetness, humidity, and contact with processing chemicals.
EDUCATION/TRAINING/EXPERIENCE
  • High School graduation or G.E.D equivalent is required, preferably supplemented by 12 units of college level course work or training in forensic evidence management, fingerprinting and photography, and police science. An Associate of Arts degree is desirable. One year of experience involving police investigative support or community service work is required.
LICENSES/CERTIFICATES/SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
  • Valid Class C California driver license, acceptable driving record, and evidence of insurance are required.
  • The employee may be assigned to work rotating shifts, including nights, weekends, and holidays.

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Posted: April 18, 2017



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