Employment Opportunity

Digital Forensics Investigator

Vancouver Police Department, Vancouver, Washington

Salary: $62,856.00 - $78,552.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

The purpose of this position is to conduct a variety of highly technical analyses and procedures in the collection, processing, preservation, and presentation of digital evidence to assist law enforcement in property crimes and cybercrime-related investigations; prepare detailed reports of investigations and analysis; confer with legal representatives in connection with trial preparation; makes court appearances and gives testimony relating to such cases.

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  • Conduct seizures and examinations of electronic devices including cell phones/smart phones, tablets, laptops, personal computers and corresponding electronic data storage media to secure and recover data as evidence; seizure and examination may occur in laboratory or field settings.
  • Assist VPD Detectives and multi-jurisdictional law enforcement agencies in legal preparation of search warrants and subpoenas to properly obtain subscriber records and seizure of all types of electronic devices and media as evidence and for ESP/ISP subscriber records and content.
  • Conduct and participate in Internet-based investigations, including online operations regarding property crimes including fraud, forgery, ID theft, and may assist in other department investigations including child exploitation, child pornography, underage prostitution, cyberstalking and persons crimes such as homicides and assaults.
  • Compose reports on finding from digital evidence analysis.
  • Maintain forensic server and network. Perform system backups; handle any issues with server connectivity.
  • Prepare for defense interviews and trials. Put together all relevant case information in easy-to-understand format. Present the case to prosecutors and defense teams for mandatory, pre-trial defense interviews. Present case in trial and respond to questions regarding findings. Collect, preserve, label, catalog, and store evidentiary items for presentation in criminal proceedings in accordance with legal standards.
  • Keep current knowledge of tools and trends in the field of Digital Forensics
  • Perform related duties as required.


  • Equivalent to an Associate's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in digital forensics or related field.
  • Three (3) years of increasingly responsible experience in digital evidence analysis, preferably in a law enforcement environment.
  • Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.
Computer Skills
  • Intermediate skill utilizing two or more of the following platforms used for digital forensics analysis: EnCase, Cellebrite, X-Ways, and/or AccessData FTK.
Required Licenses and/or Certifications
  • At least one industry accepted certification directly related to digital forensics, such as IACIS certified (preferred)
  • Cellebrite certified (preferred), EnCase (EnCE preferred), SCERS, AccessData FTK or other industry accepted certification(s) directly related to digital forensics.
  • Principles, methods and practices of investigation, evidence identification and collection;
  • Multiple operating systems including Windows, Linux, OSX, Android, IOS and others as well as electronic devices, hardware and other peripherals;
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment;
  • Principles and procedures of record keeping;
  • English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Pertinent federal, state and local laws that pertain to rules of evidence;
  • Use of personal computers and basic software.
  • Utilize computer hardware and software and other equipment commonly used in analysis and recovery of computer data;
  • Interpret and apply Federal, State, and local policies, procedures, laws and regulations;
  • Maintain confidentiality related to the area of work;
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;
  • Work independently and collaboratively in a fast paced law enforcement environment with rapidly changing work assignments and priorities;
  • Operate a personal computer and appropriate systems;
  • Work in a manner consistent with the City of Vancouver's Operating Principles;
  • Work and act as a team player in all interactions with other City employees;
  • Provide a high level of customer service at all times;
  • Project and maintain a positive image with those contacted in the course of work;
  • Develop and maintain collaborative and respectful working relationships with team members and others;
  • Consistently provide quality service;
  • Maintain regular and dependable attendance.
Supplemental Information
  • This position is subject to successful completion of a comprehensive Vancouver Police background check.

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Posted: June 1, 2017

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