Employment Opportunity

Firearms Examiner

Plano Police Department, Plano, Texas

Salary: $59,113.63 - $85,719.46 per year

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Oversees the assembly and preparation of ballistics information for data entry into the Integrated Ballistics Information System (IBIS); extracts and correlates information from databases.
  • Documents the results of all examination activities; prepares reports for all evidence examinations; testifies in court regarding lab findings.
  • Examines and classifies firearms and ammunition components to determine make, model, and caliber.
  • Conducts microscopic comparisons of ammunition components recovered from crime scenes.
  • Performs forensic ballistic analyses including operability exams, firearms test firing, and others as required.
  • Completes periodic checks of equipment to ensure proper maintenance.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Typical Decisions: The incumbent provides expert opinions based on analysis of physical and microscopic examinations of evidence for use in criminal proceedings.


Knowledge of:
  • Laboratory policies and procedures; safety practices and procedures; protocols and practices used when handling firearms and ammunition; forensic examination procedures.
Skill in:
  • Communicating clearly both verbally and in writing; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships; handling and maintaining firearms in compliance with safety regulations and procedures; standards of confidentiality and integrity; sound reasoning, critical thinking and decision-making; operating a personal computer; using a comparison microscope to complete forensic comparisons; performing appropriate testing, research, investigative techniques, and forensic principles that impact the significance of examination findings.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Science or related field preferred.
  • Three (3) years of firearms active employment as a Forensic Firearms Examiner, preferably within a law enforcement environment.
  • Any work related experience resulting in acceptable proficiency levels in the above Minimum Qualifications is an acceptable substitute for the above specified education and experience requirements
Licenses and Certifications: Physical Demands and Working Conditions:
  • Work is performed in the Police Station, standing in work areas and walking between work areas, some field work, may be required.
  • Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate standard office equipment; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone.
  • Positions in this classification are required to bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push, and pull when performing daily activities.
  • Employees may be required to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 50 pounds, or heavier with the proper use of equipment.
  • Employees work in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances.
  • Some field work may be required with exposure to hot and cold temperatures, constant noise, mechanical, explosive, and fume/odor hazards, toxic waste, and dust.
  • Employees may interact with staff when communicating inspection results both orally and in writing.

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Posted: June 7, 2018

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