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Evidence Analyst - Criminalist I or II

Boise Police Department, Boise, Idaho

Salary: $39,312.00 - $60,611.20 Annually

Final Filing Date: January 24, 2018

Performs complex technical duties and professional forensic science methods in crime scene investigations. Collects, identifies, classifies and performs a broad range of complex, multi-level examinations and analysis of physical evidence both at the crime scene, as well as in a controlled laboratory environment. Maintains the integrity of evidence. Testifies in court as an expert witness. Works independently under general supervision.

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Duties:

  • Performs microscopic, chemical, comparative and/or other scientific analysis methods in order to isolate, identify, develop, recover and preserve latent impressions. Conducts comparative analysis of latent impressions with known impressions. Utilizes established forensic science methods during the latent examination process and verifies conclusions made by other latent examiners. Evaluates latent impressions submitted to the lab. Scans, photographs, traces, identifies positions, and determines minutiae in latent impressions. Utilizes fingerprint databases to identify possible candidates. (50%)
  • Examines, identifies, analyzes and evaluates physical evidence. Applies scientific analytical methods to collect and document DNA and trace evidence such as hairs, fibers, blood, semen and saliva. Directs and performs crime scene examinations and gathers physical evidence, photographs crime scenes, takes measurements and diagrams scenes. Collects, marks, and preserves evidence. Takes blood and/or semen specimens. Takes impressions of shoes, tire tracks, tool marks, etc. Uses various chemicals, kits and supplies as required by crime scene and protocol. Provides close to general supervision at crime scenes to ensure proper methods are used during processing, collection, labeling, and transportation of evidence. Assumes responsibility for and maintains integrity of evidence. Delegates tasks as necessary. Keeps immediate supervisor, co-workers and designated others accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems. Maintains established standards of laboratory cleanliness, safety and efficiency. (20%)
  • Prepares latent prints, physical evidence or crime scene reconstruction information for court presentation or training purposes with specialized displays, graphs, charts and diagrams to scale, photo enlargements and related documentation. Interprets findings for department staff, other agencies or legal professionals. Acts as a technical expert and testifies in court as an expert witness regarding laboratory conclusions in an effective and accurate manner. (10%)
  • Develops written analytical conclusions. Provides technical and/or peer review of casework completed by other lab personnel to assure work quality and compliance with standards. Assists and provides input on employee performance. (10%)
  • Provides training on analytical techniques, methods of comparative analysis, new testing methodologies and related practices, collection and packaging of evidence, and basic crime scene processing techniques. Maintains up to date knowledge of guidelines and accepted practices in the field of forensics. (10%)
  • Performs other duties as assigned. Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time. Total Percentage = 100%

Requirements:

Requires education and/or experience to attain the following:
  • Bachelor's degree in Forensic Science, Criminal Justice or related field, and three years of experience in law enforcement, forensics, or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience; ability to successfully complete in-house and formalized latent print training in order to obtain latent print certification within 2 years from the International Association for Identification.
  • Functional knowledge of the principles and practices of chemical, microscopic, macroscopic and other scientific examination methods and procedures sufficient to evaluate, compare, and identify physical and fingerprint evidence; methods of comparing latent versus known impressions; laws, regulations, and the processes involved in the criminal justice system.
  • Ability to accurately analyze and compare minute details; operate and maintain laboratory equipment; plan, manage, and prioritize a caseload; successfully engage in independent research, evaluation and validation activities; perform and document a broad range of routine and experimental analyses; practice deductive reasoning; develop tolerance toward sensitive, violent, or graphic material; maintain composure and control emotions in highly stressful circumstances; establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, prosecutors, crime victims and personnel of other law enforcement and governmental agencies; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; prepare reports with a high degree of accuracy; present conclusions in a court of law as an expert witness; and serve as a scientific liaison to other entities in the criminal justice field; display an attitude of cooperation and work harmoniously with all levels of City employees, the general public and other organizations; communicate effectively in the English language at a level necessary for efficient job performance; complete assignments in a timely fashion; understand and comply with all rules, policies and regulations; maintain prompt and regular attendance; perform all essential and marginal functions as assigned by an authorized employee, supervisor and/or manager with or without a reasonable accommodation.
  • Individuals must be capable of operating vehicles safely and have an acceptable driving record.
Preferred Knowledge, Experience, And Training
  • Master's degree in Criminal Justice, Forensic Science;
  • Latent Print or other Forensic Certification from the International Association for Identification;
  • Knowledge of Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems and training in criminal investigations.
Licensing And Other Requirements
  • Valid Idaho driver's license.
Special Requirements
  • All applicants must be able to successfully pass City of Boise background check processes which include reference checks and criminal history checks.
  • Applicants must be able to pass, or have:
    • Driving Record Check
    • Polygraph Exam
Drug Free Workplace:
  • In accordance with the City of Boise Drug Free Workplace Regulation, this position is designated as safety sensitive and is subject to testing requirements including Post Offer Applicant Testing, Random Testing, Reasonable Suspicion, Post - Accident, etc. Applicants will be required to submit to screening for illegal drug use prior to hire. Appointment to this position is contingent upon a negative pre-employment drug test.
  • This position is required to exercise custodial responsibility for illegal drugs or precursors.

Working Conditions

Physical Efforts
  • While performing the duties of this job the employee is frequently lifting/carrying up to 10 lbs. Also the employee is occasionally pushing/pulling up to 20 lbs. The noise level is occasionally moderate. Work includes sensory ability to talk, hear, smell, touch and feel. Work in this position also includes close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision and depth perception. Employees will sit, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach and grasp. Position requires hand/finger dexterity.
Working Environment
  • The work environment will include inside conditions, outdoor weather conditions, extreme temperatures, in wet and humid conditions, with areas of dust, odors, mist, gases or other airborne matter. Employees work in/at heights, confined spaces and are exposed to mechanical, electrical hazards. Employees will also drive a vehicle as part of this position. This position works at crime scenes which may be hazardous or unsanitary, located in houses, buildings, outdoors in adverse weather conditions, etc. Individuals will be regularly subjected to viewing evidence of violence or trauma, including graphic and disturbing crime scenes of homicide, sexual assault, robbery, traffic accidents, animal abuse, arson, and autopsy subjects (deceased persons, children and animals), and related evidence at all stages during the investigation and prosecution of crimes. Work includes protected exposure to infectious bacteria, bodily fluids, and chemicals. Additional environmental conditions include: Work includes protected exposure to explosives.
  • This position works: on call to respond to crime scenes as required.

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Posted: January 11, 2018



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