Employment Opportunity

Forensic Coordinator

Santa Clara Police Department, Santa Clara, California

Salary: $91,380.00 - $116,916.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: February 9, 2018

The Forensic Coordinator will be assigned various complex evidence collection and analysis projects, some requiring independent work. In addition, the incumbent will be responsible for the day to day supervision of non-sworn personnel and provide technical guidance to department personnel assigned to evidence collection, processing and development.

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  • Manage all digital media storage including the body worn camera platform.
  • Recommends, develops and implements evidence collection, packaging and storage policies and procedures
  • Consults with officers and attorneys regarding the nature of evidence, laboratory analysis and interpretation
  • Uses research such as book reviews, current processing methods and evidence analysis to develop improved evidence collection and processing
  • Prepares status reports on projects that are in process and have been completed
  • Ensures proper compliance with regulatory agencies (i.e. California Department of Justice, OSHA, County health department, Santa Clara County DA's office, etc.)
  • Reviews cases to ensure quality control
  • Supports conclusions of evidence analysis
  • Forensic examination(s) of cell phones that include but not limited to extraction of digital data stored on such devices
  • Assists field supervisors and detectives in crime scene processing involving complex and difficult evidence collection and packaging
  • Makes presentations (oral & written) to department personnel and outside groups
  • Performs other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Graduation from an accredited college with a major in criminalistics, chemistry, biochemistry or related field; and
  • Four years experience in the practice of general criminalistics.
Desirable Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in criminalistics, chemistry, biochemistry or related field is preferred.
  • Experience in videography, photography and computer forensics/mapping is desirable.
  • Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license is required at time of appointment and for the duration of employment.
  • Incumbents of this classification may be required to occasionally work overtime and odd and unusual hours.
  • All candidates will be required to pass a City background investigation, which will include fingerprinting, polygraph and/or psychological testing.
  • Must be able to perform all of the essential functions of the job assignment.
Knowledge of:
  • Principles of chemistry, physics, biochemistry, physiology and photography as it relates to criminalistics
  • Principles, methods, materials and techniques of criminalist analysis
  • Current methods of evidence collection and packaging
  • Common types of narcotics, poisons, firearms and explosives
  • Recent developments, current literature and sources of information in the field of criminalistics
  • Practices and procedures for the handling and disposing of hazardous materials
  • OSHA requirements regarding evidence collection and facilities maintenance as it pertains to facility, municipal code, etc.
  • Environmental and safety practices, procedures and standards
  • Federal and State laws and court decisions pertaining to the recovery of property and evidence and preservation of the evidence chain
Ability to:
  • Thoroughly investigate crime scenes and evidence collected
  • Conduct analysis and research of evidence collection techniques and policies
  • Speak effectively before groups and in court as an expert
  • Provide clear oral directions
  • Prepare and maintain clear, accurate and concise records, statistics and reports
  • Write effectively using proper English grammar, spelling, & punctuation
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work, including coworkers and the general public
  • Effectively handle multiple priorities, organize workload and meet strict deadlines
  • Use computers, cameras, video equipment, and photographic and chemical lab equipment
  • Walk or stand for extended periods of time
  • Bend, stoop, reach, carry, crawl, climb and lift up to 35 pounds as necessary to perform assigned duties

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Posted: January 22, 2018

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