Employment Opportunity

Forensic Lead Specialist

Spokane County Sheriff, Spokane, Washington

Salary: $51,781.20 - $69,871.20 Annually

Final Filing Date: July 13, 2018

The Forensic Lead Specialist is responsible for training and technical knowledge within the Forensic Unit.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Create and maintain training curriculum for the Forensic Unit.
  • Provide or oversee training for Forensic Technicians and Forensic Specialists and maintain documentation of training.
  • Provide or oversee training to partnering law enforcement entities outside of the Forensic Unit on evidence processing and photography.
  • Keep current on developments within forensic science.
  • Able to perform technical reviews of Forensic Unit case work.
  • Perform friction ridge examinations.
  • Required to be available for evening and weekend call outs.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Minimum Requirements:
  • Age 21 and must be a citizen of the United States of America or a lawful permanent resident who can read and write the English language.
  • Successful completion of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major studies in forensic science, criminal justice or other areas having close bearing on forensics. This degree requirement is not intended to disqualify friction ridge examiners and crime scene investigators who are already trained to competency.
  • Combined five years' experience in friction ridge examinations and crime scene investigation.
  • Must be an International Association for Identification (IAI) Certified Latent Print Examiner OR an International Association for Identification (IAI) Certified Crime Scene Investigator.
  • Vision correctable to 20/20 with normal color vision and hearing correctable to normal ranges.
  • Must possess a valid motor vehicle operator's license throughout employment.
  • Successful candidate must be able to obtain the additional International Association for Identification (IAI) certification within two (2) years of employment.

Selection Factors:

Knowledge of:
  • Friction ridge examination and the ACE-V methodology
  • An automated identification system (ABIS or AFIS)
  • Processing and documentation of latent fingerprints
  • Crime scene processing and documentation to include photography
  • Courtroom procedures and rules of evidence with reference to fingerprints and crime scenes
Skilled in:
  • Communicating effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Coaching, guiding and directing personnel
  • Use of digital imaging software such as Adobe Photoshop or other photographic reproduction systems
Ability to:
  • Establish and maintain accurate records
  • Develop, plan, design and conduct training
  • Peer review friction ridge examinations

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Posted: June 29, 2018

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