Employment Opportunity


Forensic Specialist

Burbank Police Department, Burbank, California

Salary: $51,925.90 - $71,580.60 annually

Final Filing Date: April 20, 2018

Under general direction, to search for, collect, record, and preserve physical evidence in criminal investigations; assist investigators in the reconstruction and interpretation of crime scenes; to take photographs and do photographic laboratory and computer work; develop latent fingerprints using mechanical and chemical techniques; perform latent fingerprint comparisons and give expert testimony in court; and to do related work as required.

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Duties:

  • Performs technical work in making field investigations at scenes of crimes and other pertinent locations;
  • Searches for, collects, records, and preserves evidence for laboratory analysis and comparison;
  • Takes still and video photographs and/or recordings of crime scenes, victims and injuries, suspects, and traffic accidents;
  • Takes photographs for City departments for publicity and public relations purposes;
  • Develops and processes photos and maintains files and indexes of photographs, recordings, and records;
  • Locates and obtains latent fingerprints on evidence and at crime scenes;
  • Performs fingerprint comparisons;
  • Makes casts and impressions, including tool marks, tire tracks, and shoeprints at crime scenes;
  • Takes physical measurements and prepares diagrams of crime scenes and traffic accidents;
  • Prepares crime and other original reports;
  • Appears in court to testify as an expert witness;
  • Inventories and maintains supplies;
  • Performs other related office clerical work;
  • Drives on City business.

Requirements:

Employment Standards:
  • Knowledge of the law, policies, and procedures applying to the collection and preservation of physical evidence; scientific crime scene investigation; the analysis and identification procedures for latent fingerprint evidence; the various methods of fingerprint classification; modern photographic equipment and photography techniques; computers; methods of preserving evidence at crime scenes; methods used to make cast impressions of tire tracks, shoeprints, and other physical evidence. Skill in the use of computers, cameras, video equipment, and photographic and chemical lab equipment and procedures. Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; prepare clear and concise reports; testify in court regarding evidence; take instruction and follow orders; work as part of a team as well as independently with little supervision; be readily available by phone or pager when on-call and able to respond to emergencies 24 hours a day; be detail oriented, work logically and methodically to bring a problem to solution; establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, fellow employees, and the public.
Education/Training:
  • Education equivalent to an Associate's Degree from an accredited college with major coursework in criminal justice, forensics, or a closely related field OR one year full-time experience in law enforcement identification work; including investigative photography, fingerprint identification, collection, development, and preservation of physical evidence.
Special Conditions & Requirements:
  • The physical ability to lift and carry a minimum of 20 pounds; do extensive kneeling, stooping, crawling, reaching, climbing, and pushing and/or pulling of objects; visually detect subtle shades of color, contrasts, and spatial relationships. COLOR VISION: Keen color perception.
License & Certificates:
  • A valid California Class "C" driver's license or equivalent at time of appointment.

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Posted: April 12, 2018



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