Employment Opportunity


Forensic Specialist I or II

Tallahassee Police Department, Tallahassee, Florida

Salary: $14.11 to $32.34 hourly. Hiring rate generally will not exceed $22.96/hour

Final Filing Date: January 12, 2018

Duties and Requirements Click to read more

Duties:

Forensic Specialist I
  • Searches for, collects and preserves physical evidence from crime scenes for reconstruction.
  • Processes evidence at or from crime scenes for latent prints, impression evidence, biological evidence, trace evidence, firearms, tool marks, chemistry, computer and other physical evidence.
  • Photographs crime scenes, bloodstain patterns for analysis, bullet paths for trajectory analysis and latent fingerprint evidence for comparison purposes.
  • Prepares crime scene sketches and measurements for reconstructing crime scene.
  • Attends autopsies to document and/or impound evidence and fingerprint the deceased.
  • Prepares and files reports stating results of examination; presents testimony in criminal cases for identification and physical evidence comparison.
  • Prepares court exhibits and preserves material significant for court presentation.
  • Maintains written and computer log of all investigations.
  • Maintains equipment and supplies assigned.
  • Maintains crime scene vehicle.
  • Assists in maintaining a clean working environment within the crime scene section.
  • Attends specialized schools and short courses pertaining to new or improved methods that have been developed.
  • Provides assistance to the public as needed and performs in-house fingerprinting, photography and other miscellaneous support tasks.
  • Assists in class instruction to new recruits.
  • Conducts tours for general public, city officials, and other law enforcement agencies.
  • Performs related work as required.
Forensic Specialist I
  • Searches for, collects and preserves physical evidence from crime scenes for analysis and reconstruction.
  • Processes evidence at or from crime scenes for latent prints, impression evidence, biological evidence, trace evidence, firearms, tool marks, chemistry, computer and other physical evidence.
  • Photographs crime scenes and bloodstain patterns for analysis, bullet paths for trajectory analysis and latent fingerprint evidence for comparison purposes.
  • Prepares crime scene sketches and measurements for reconstructing crime scenes.
  • Attends autopsies to document and/or impound evidence and fingerprint the deceased.
  • Prepares and files reports stating the results of the examinations and provides expert witness testimony in criminal cases for crime scene processing, identification, and physical evidence comparison.
  • Prepares court exhibits and preserves material significant for court presentation.
  • Maintains written and computerized logs of all investigations.
  • Maintains assigned equipment and supplies as well as assigned crime scene vehicles.
  • Assists in maintaining a clean working environment within the forensic unit.
  • Attends specialized schools and short courses pertaining to new or improved methods that have been developed with regards to physical evidence or crime scene processing.
  • Prepares chemicals and supplies for latent print development, crime scene processing and restocking of crime scene vehicles.
  • Provides additional forensic or analytical services to the department, unit, and the community.
  • Performs examinations and analysis of physical evidence for the purpose of scientific conclusion and identification as assigned by the forensic unit supervisor to include but not limited to the following: latent print examinations/automated fingerprint identification, footwear examinations, tire track examinations, bloodstain pattern examinations, tool mark examinations, serial number restoration, biological evidence screening, forensic unit laboratory management, forensic digital image enhancement.
  • Trains department crime scene personnel and other law enforcement personnel in forensic crime scene analysis and processing.
  • Develops and validates new technology and techniques involved in crime scene examinations and processing.
  • Performs related work as required.

Requirements:

Forensic Specialist I:
  • Possession of a bachelor’s of science degree in physical, biological or forensic science.
  • Or
  • Possession of a non-science bachelor’s degree and one year of experience with a recognized law enforcement agency, or an accredited forensic laboratory or institution in the areas of crime scene or forensic science that includes fingerprint classification, crime scene investigation, crime scene photography, or sworn law enforcement experience. A master’s of science degree in physical, biological or forensic science may substitute for one year of the required experience.
  • Or
  • Possession of an associate’s of science degree in physical, biological or forensic science and two years of experience with a recognized law enforcement agency, or an accredited forensic laboratory or institution in the areas of crime scene or forensic science that includes fingerprint classification, crime scene investigation, crime scene photography, or sworn law enforcement experience.
  • Or
  • Possession of a high school diploma and four years of experience with a recognized law enforcement agency, or an accredited forensic laboratory or institution in the areas of crime scene or forensic science that includes fingerprint classification, crime scene investigation, crime scene photography, or sworn law enforcement experience.
Forensic Specialist II:
  • Possession of a bachelor’s degree in physical, biological or forensic science and four years of forensics experience with a recognized law enforcement agency, accredited forensic laboratory or institution in the areas of crime scene and/or another forensic discipline (Latent Print Examiner, Biologist, Firearms Examiner, etc.);
  • Or
  • Possession of a non-science bachelor’s degree and five years of the aforementioned forensics experience;
  • Or
  • Possession of a high school diploma and nine years of the aforementioned forensics experience.
  • A Master’s of Science degree in physical, biological or forensics science may substitute for one year of the required experience.
Necessary Special Requirements:
  • Must possess a valid Class E State driver's license at the time of appointment. At the department director's discretion the noted license may not be required.
  • Applicants should truthfully complete the Criminal History Questions on the City Employment Application. Any omissions, falsifications, misstatements, or misrepresentations of the information provided may disqualify an applicant.
  • The top applicant chosen for this position will be required to complete and pass a Truth Verification Examination prior to an employment offer being made

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Posted: January 8, 2018



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