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Employment Opportunity


Forensic Identification Specialist I

Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, Los Angeles, California

Salary: $63,684.00 - $79,107.36 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

Under close supervision, makes fingerprint comparisons, processes crime scenes for evidence, utilizes automated systems to compare latent fingerprints, prepares reports, and engages in other activities related to forensic identification.

Positions allocated to this class work under close supervision of a Forensic Identification Specialist II, Supervising Forensic Identification Specialist, or a higher-level supervisor. Positions in this class learn both field and laboratory analysis including processing crime scenes by recognizing, searching, collecting, and preserving physical evidence; developing latent fingerprints by using conventional techniques; utilizing automated systems for comparing latent fingerprints; and qualifying as an expert witness in court.

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Duties:

  • Takes fingerprints and palm prints using printer's ink or computerized optical digital technology.
  • Processes severed fingers from decomposed bodies for identification.
  • Develops, collects, and preserves latent fingerprints from typical surfaces using conventional techniques, chemical processing, and alternate light source technologies.
  • Compares latent prints to inked or digitally captured prints.
  • Prepares, enters, and compares latent fingerprints in an automated fingerprint identification system.
  • Participates in crime scene investigations to recognize, search for, collect, and preserve fingerprints and physical evidence such as hairs, fibers, plant material, and biological fluids.
  • Documents crime scenes through diagramming, photographing, and videotaping.
  • Responds to Coroner's Office to locate and collect trace evidence from deceased victims using conventional techniques.
  • Makes impressions of shoe prints, tire tracks, and other objects at crime scenes.
  • Prepares detailed reports of crime scene investigations, other activities, and comparison results.
  • Accesses crime scenes in a variety of environments including remote areas requiring mountaineering and other entrance and egress techniques in order to document and collect evidence.
  • Qualifies as an expert witness in court.

Requirements:

OPTION I:
  • Graduation from an accredited college with an Associate of Arts or Science degree* in criminalistics, police science or a related field** with completion of a minimum of eight semester units of photography, crime scene investigation, fingerprinting, or criminalistics.
OPTION II:
  • Two years' paid experience at the level of Los Angeles County's class of a Forensic Technician II***, Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems Technician II****, Criminalistics Laboratory Technician*****, or paid work experience detecting, lifting, and retrieving latent prints from crime scenes, or providing direct assistance to forensic identification specialists or other law enforcement investigation professionals conducting field investigations.
LICENSE
  • A valid California Class C Driver License****** is required to perform job-related essential functions such as traveling to crime scenes. Appointees may be required to provide automobiles and drive them in County service at the rate of compensation allowed by the Board of Supervisors. Candidates offered these positions would be required to show proof of a driver license prior to appointment.
  • Out-of-state applicants must have a valid license from the state in which they reside at the time of filing. Out-of-state applicants will be required to obtain a California Class C Driver License prior to appointment.
  • ******License information: Successful applicants for this position will be required to obtain a copy of his/her driving record from the California State Department of Motor Vehicles before being appointed. A copy of your driving record must be presented at the time of your appointment. License must not be suspended, restricted, or revoked. AN APPLICANT WHOSE DRIVING RECORD SHOWS THREE (3) OR MORE MOVING VIOLATIONS WITHIN THE LAST YEAR WILL NOT BE APPOINTED.
PHYSICAL CLASS
  • Physical Class III – Moderate: Includes standing or walking most of the time, with bending, stooping, squatting, twisting, and reaching; includes working on irregular surfaces, occasionally lifting objects weighting over 25 pounds, and frequent lifting of 10-25 pounds.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENT INFORMATION
    *In order to receive credit for the required degree and coursework, you must include a legible copy of the official degree, or official letter, and official transcripts from the accredited institution which shows the area of specialization and required course work with your application at the time of filing, or within 15 calendar days from the date of application filing.
    **Closely related fields include but are not limited to: Administration of Justice, Criminal Justice, Anthropology, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Engineering, Fire Protection, Forensic Science, Geology, Genetics and Cell Biology, Health Science, Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, Photography, Physics, Physiology, and Psychology.
    ***Experience at the level of Los Angeles County's class of Forensic Technician II refers to photographing decedents and specimens, and assisting the pathologist in performing difficult autopsies using a variety of techniques to preserve medico-legal evidence; preparing bodies of deceased persons for autopsy examination and final deposition; receiving, identifying and releasing bodies and doing other forensic technician work as required.
    ****Experience at the level of Los Angeles County's class of Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems Technician II refers to performing the full range of technical activities relating to fingerprinting and fingerprint classification work.
    *****Experience at the level of Los Angeles County's class of Criminalistics Laboratory Technician refers to performing standard chemical procedures to analyze specimens of evidentiary material.
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS - Credit will be given to applicants, who possess DESIRABLE qualifications and indicate so on their employment application at the time of filing.
  • A Bachelor's degree or Master's degree in criminalistics, police science or a closely related field with completion of a minimum of eight units of photography, crime scene investigation, fingerprinting, or criminalistics from an accredited college or university.*

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Posted: October 11, 2017



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