Employment Opportunity


Criminalist

Boulder Police Department, Boulder, Colorado

Salary: $66,955.00 - $102,003.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: April 22, 2018

Responsible for crime scene investigations, evidence collection and preservation, film and digital photography, reconstruction of crime scenes, latent fingerprint analysis, and laboratory analysis of evidence. Provide professional testimony in court and perform other duties as assigned.

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Duties:

  • Evaluates the quality of latent prints to determine sufficient value for identification and to conduct search in Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). Enters and verifies latent prints in AFIS. Compares, establishes, verifies, or excludes identifications by examining the ridge detail present in the latent prints(s) and compares identifications to the ridge detail present in the known print. Testifies as an expert witness in court regarding all aspects of latent print methodology and identification. Obtains major case prints of individuals, including deceased bodies, and transfers the ridge detail to standard fingerprint cards
  • Performs technical investigations of criminal and non-criminal scenes, including but not limited to: physical evidence reconstruction, documentation and collection. Performs laboratory examination of evidence, and specialized processing that includes physical, chemical, serology, optical and digital methods. Obtains non-testimonial evidence, such as hairs, fibers, saliva, blood and other body fluids from victims, suspects, witnesses and dead bodies. Attends post-mortem examinations to collect and document desired evidence.
  • Prepares detailed reports of investigations. Provides court room testimony on forensic investigation and laboratory techniques in legal and administrative hearings.
  • Attends classes and training sessions to advance abilities and develop expertise within latent fingerprint evidence.
  • Performs forensic photography. Prepares graphic representations and scale drawings of crime scenes.
  • Responds as needed when on-call (Approximately 1/3 of the year, with an average call load of approximately 5 call outs per individual). Assists in the research and/or development of new laboratory techniques.
  • Assists in preparing and presenting training, lectures, or video presentations to the department and other agencies.
  • Performs related duties as required to meet the needs of the department.
  • Take proper safety precautions to prevent accidents. Responsible for the safety of self, others, materials, and equipment. Uses all required safety equipment and follows all safety regulations, policies and procedures. Reports all accidents and damage to city property.
  • Responsible for knowing and complying with all city and department policies; participating in professional trainings and development; and adhering to attendance and workplace attire policies.

Requirements:

REQUIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Bachelor's degree in a physical science, such as chemistry, biology, forensic science, or related area, or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to work individually and as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to come to work punctually and reliably.
  • Valid driver's license and acceptable driving record.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, co-workers, and other law enforcement/judicial personnel.
  • Knowledge of and experience in working with computers and various software programs.
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Two years' experience in forensic criminal investigative work, with expertise in in all aspects of fingerprint processing and analysis.
  • Successful completion of a recognized Latent Fingerprint Examiner course.
  • Successful completion of an Advanced Latent Fingerprint School is highly desirable (Candidates must provide proof of all fingerprint and latent fingerprint certifications with application).
  • Ability to operate an Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) workstation.
  • Extensive experience in digital photography.
  • Ability to conduct a detailed and complete crime scene investigation by locating, documenting, collecting, preserving, analyzing and interpreting all types of physical evidence.
  • Knowledge of proper handling procedures regarding protection, collection and storage of hazardous materials in compliance with Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).
  • Experience in an American Society of Crime Lab Directors (ASCLD) certified laboratory with knowledge of their requirements and Quality Assurance/ Quality Control procedures. Knowledge of theories, principles, practices, and techniques of analytical chemistry in forensic science.
  • IAI Latent Fingerprint Examiner certification.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
  • Demonstrated personal and professional honesty, integrity, good judgment as shown in applicant's criminal history, background and motor vehicle record, and use of drugs and alcohol.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have no history of use, sale or possession of illegal substances.
  • Polygraph or Computer Voice Stress Analyzer used for verification of applicant information.
  • Prior to employment, successful applicants are required to submit to a drug test.
  • Some positions will also require medical and/or psychological testing prior to employment.
WORKING CONDITIONS - Required Physical and Mental Effort, and Environmental Conditions:
  • All jobs have some degree of physical demands and mental efforts, a specific work environment, and the use of some sort of equipment. This information is necessary for the job applicant to understand what will be required of the applicant, and for consideration when the applicant or employee has a request for an accommodation under the American with Disabilities Act.
  • Primarily active physical work, which requires occasional lifting up to 50 pounds, frequent lifting up to 10 pounds, and constant lifting up to 5 pounds. Must be able to constantly walk or stand for up to 6-8 hrs/day. Must occasionally sit for four hours at a time throughout the day. Must be able to safely drive a car. Requires frequent to repetitive use of the hands for simple grasping and fine manipulation. Requires occasional pushing/pulling of equipment/objects weighing up to 50 pounds. Must constantly squat and kneel; frequently bend, climb ladders and stairs; and occasionally must reach and lift overhead, lie flat, and crawl. Must be able to occasionally use tools to dig and pick. Exposure to environmental hazards: bodily fluids, biohazardous material, chemicals, drugs, dust, and weather.
Work Environment:
  • Works primarily in an indoor office setting

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Posted: April 2, 2018



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