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Forensic Specialist - Crime Scene Investigation

Orange County Sheriff's Department, Santa Ana, California

Salary: $55,619.20 - $74,963.20 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

THE ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT WILL BE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS AND REQUIRED SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION ON A CONTINUOUS BASIS UNTIL THE NEEDS OF THE DEPARTMENT ARE MET AND MAY CLOSE AS EARLY AS 11:59pm FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2017.

This recruitment is being held to establish an Open Eligible List to fill a current vacancy within the OC Crime Lab Division. This list may be utilized to fill positions of lower level classifications within the same occupational series. Current vacancy is in the Crime Scene Investigation Unit

Under general Supervision, incumbents in this class provide a full range of photographic services, including forensic and autopsy photographs, aerial photography and processing crime scenes for fingerprints and other physical evidence. Incumbents testify in court as to their activities. Assignments in this classification are made to the crime scene investigation unit.

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Duties:

  • Perform routine crime scene processing and laboratory assignments for which well-defined procedures and guidelines have been established
  • Assist on complex assignments under close supervision
  • Perform latent to inked friction ridge comparisons
  • Process and record crime scenes through technical photography
  • Detailed note taking and rough sketches
  • Photograph autopsies and post embalming's
  • Collect biological and DNA evidence from body fluids and handled items
  • Search crime scenes for friction ridge detail and other physical evidence
  • Develop latent friction ridge detail
  • Perform routine laboratory examinations on physical evidence using established methodologies
  • Prepare finished crime scene sketches for court
  • Prepare reports reflecting work activity

Requirements:

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
  • Successful completion of a Field Evidence Technician Class, Friction Ridge Detail Class, Crime Scene Investigation/Photography class or other related Forensic Specialist related courses taught by Forensic Science and Police Science professionals.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
  • Six months as a Forensic Specialist Trainee with the County of Orange OR, one year employment in crime scene investigation, friction ridge analysis, or a police or commercial photography lab OR, an AA degree in police science or Administration of Justice including at least eight units of photography OR, degree or certificate in photography with training in the use of the camera. OR BA/BS degree in police science, forensic science, photography, chemistry, biochemistry or a closely related scientific field involving chemical analysis OR some combination of the above training and experience totaling one year.
Knowledge of
  • Goals of crime scene investigation and fundamentals of physical evidence recognition, collection and preservation; routine crime scene and physical evidence photography; techniques of friction ridge development, collection and preservation; friction ridge pattern recognition, classification, and searching and comparisons.
Ability to
  • Photograph simple crime scenes and physical evidence; develop latent friction ridge detail on typical surfaces using conventional techniques; draw finished crime scene sketches and prepare other court exhibits and testify in court.
License Required
  • Possession of a valid California Driver's License, Class C or higher, by date of appointment.
PHYSICAL, MENTAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
  • The County of Orange is committed to providing a means for applicants who may have a disability to identify areas in which they may request a reasonable accommodation. The following is a description of the physical and mental abilities, which are customarily required to perform the essential job functions of this position. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Recruiter for any questions or to request an accommodation during the testing/selection process.
Physical Requirements
  • Applicant must have vision sufficient to read latent fingerprints and to see clearly at crime scenes, distinguish subtle colors, speak, hear, and write well enough to communicate clearly and understandably in person and over the telephone, have independent body mobility to stand, sit, walk, stoop, bend, kneel, twist back frequently and squat for prolonged periods of time; be able to lift, carry or push up to 50 pounds; and have manual dexterity sufficient to use a keyboard.
Environmental Conditions
  • Applicant will have routine interaction with the public and court personnel and must have the ability to maintain good working relationships; and work around harmful chemical fumes or biological agents.
SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS
  • Applicant must have no felony convictions or be on any form of probation and must pass an extensive background investigation to the satisfaction of the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Department.
  • Background screening includes completing of a Personal History Form, interview with a background investigator, fingerprinting and may include a polygraph test. Some of the areas considered in the background screening include prior convictions, traffic violations, drug use and credit problems, employment history, professional references and education verification (i.e. degree, license, or official transcripts. Foreign degrees require an evaluation of U.S. equivalency by an agency that is a member of the National Association of Credential Services (N.A.C.E.S.).

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Posted: October 6, 2017



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