Employment Opportunity


Computer Forensic Technician

Broward County Sheriff's Office, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Salary: $49,207.23 Annually

Final Filing Date: February 23, 2018

This position is funded by a grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). The grant requires the agency to hire a graduate from the HERO (Human Exploitation Rescue Operative) program for Veterans or a wounded, injured, or ill veteran who has received an honorable discharge from the United States Armed Forces. The grant funding covers a period of 3 years. In addition, the agency will employ the individual for an additional 2 years after the grant funds are exhausted. After that period the agency will give the employee strong consideration for permanent employment in a capacity within the Digital Forensic Unit.

Under administrative direction, the purpose of this grant funded position is to perform highly technical computer and digital forensic and support work on computers and other electronic storage devices within the Digital Forensic Unit of the Broward County Sheriff's Office. This position performs forensic examinations on computers, cellular phones, computer networks and related electronic storage media. Work includes collection, processing, preservation, analysis and presentation of computer related evidence, including data retrieval, breaking passwords, and finding hidden or otherwise "invisible" information. Position is responsible for formal reporting of and testifying as to the findings of such analysis. Incumbent will be available on a call-out basis to provide assistance after hours. Position must be willing to work in an environment which will expose them to pictures, videos and imagery that is obscene and offensive. Performs related work as directed.

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Duties:

  • Conducts forensic examinations on computers, cell phones, computer networks, and related electronic storage media.
  • Conducts analysis of submitted evidence utilizing experience and knowledge of a wide variety of computer technologies.
  • Uses forensic tools and investigative methods to find specific electronic data, including internet use history, e-mails, photos, word processing documents, images and other files; utilizes technical skills to locate files and information that has been hidden, deleted, manipulated or lost.
  • Forensically acquires, analyzes, and interprets evidence located on computers, storage media, or networks for use in criminal prosecutions or civil actions.
  • Provides progress reports regarding investigations as well as detailed and technical report summaries of findings in written and verbal formats.
  • Maintains strict adherence to chain of custody for all evidence and insures integrity of each item of evidence handled and analyzed.
  • Prepares formal written reports suitable for presentation in court, which states the methods of analysis and results.
  • Participates in identifying and recommending methods and procedures for preservation, evidence recovery, and presentation of computer evidence.
  • Determines the most appropriate method of protecting original evidence and recovering deleted, erased, hidden and encrypted digital evidence.
  • Conducts and/or assists in the preparation of search warrants, subpoenas etc. to properly include the seizure of all relevant electronic media as evidence.
  • Evaluates scientific results of analysis to determine the validity and to determine whether the information has forensic significance.
  • Demonstrates a unique ability to communicate, coordinate and cooperate with other agencies (federal, state and local) in a task force environment.
  • Provides technical guidance/assistance in evaluating and investigating cases where computer or related computer media is potential evidence.
  • Provide training to law enforcement personnel through lectures and policy development on the proper procedures with regards to computer evidence.
  • Assists detectives and prosecutors in analyzing data and evaluating its relevance to the case under investigation ; assists in transferring the evidence into a format that can be used for legal purposes.
  • Provides expert testimony in the field of computer forensics; prepares evidence and presents expert testimony in court on results of seizure and handling of evidence, and results of analysis conducted.
  • Interacts with other investigators, analysts, or outside computer professionals to acquire information necessary to perform forensic examinations.
  • Continually updates and develops skills regarding new computer and forensic technology and the use of new software and hardware tools to extract information from computer systems.
  • Attends training, workshops and seminars to maintain current knowledge of trends and developments in the field of computer forensics.
  • Reviews various court decisions relating to the field of computer forensics.
  • Maintains records, documentation, and/or reports concerning activities performed.
  • Operates an agency vehicle.
  • Tasks involve the intermittent performance of moderately physically demanding work, typically involving some combination of reaching, bending, stooping, kneeling, or crouching, and that may involve the lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of moderately heavy objects and materials (20-50 pounds). May require occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of heavier objects. Work requires the intermittent installation, moving, and modification to voice system equipment and peripheral components. Due to the varying nature and locations of the work environment, tasks include potential for intermittent exposure to disagreeable elements consistent with electronics installations and wiring systems. Some tasks include materials handling where physical risks are predictable and/or controllable by observance of standard safety precautions.

Requirements:

This position is funded by a grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). The grant requires the agency to hire a graduate from the HERO (Human Exploitation Rescue Operative) program for Veterans or a wounded, injured, or ill veteran who has received an honorable discharge from the United States Armed Forces. The grant funding covers a period of 3 years. In addition, the agency will employ the individual for an additional 2 years after the grant funds are exhausted. After that period the agency will give the employee strong consideration for permanent employment in a capacity within the Digital Forensic Unit.
  • High school diploma or equivalent. An evaluation of foreign high school diploma may be required.
  • Three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in crime and or law enforcement investigation principles, practices, and techniques. Military time may be considered.
  • One (1) year technical working experience with networking environments including: UNIX/Linux, Novell, and Microsoft Windows NT/2000, Windows 95,98,ME, midrange and mainframe systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate and maintain hardware and software necessary for the performance of criminal investigations preferably in a law enforcement environment.
  • Additional skills required include: internet usage analysis, computer system diagnostics, understanding and analysis of systems security, acquisition of forensic electronic evidence; ability to obtain and process forensic evidence into a format that can be used for legal purposes.
  • Possess and maintain a valid Florida Driver's license throughout employment without any restrictions that affect job performance.
  • An equivalent combination of training and experience may be considered. Such experience must be clearly documented for consideration.

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Posted: February 12, 2018



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