Employment Opportunity

Forensic Specialist II

Anaheim Police Department, Anaheim, California

Salary: $5,924.53 - $7,200.27 Monthly

Final Filing Date: The deadline for the first review of applications is on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2018 at 5:00 PM. Applicants are encouraged to apply early. Applicants that apply after the first review are not guaranteed to be considered for this recruitment. This recruitment may close at any time without notice after the first review date.

The Anaheim Police Department is seeking motivated, detail-oriented individuals to fill the position of a civilian Forensic Specialist II, who can perform the full range of complex and technical crime scene investigation duties. The ideal candidate will be an expert in gathering, preserving, interpreting and presenting crime scene evidence, processing evidence in the lab, comparing latent to known finger and palm print impressions and testifying as an expert witness in finger & palm print comparisons and crime scene investigation.

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  • Conducts crime scene investigations to recognize, search for, document, develop, enhance, collect and preserve all types of evidence.
  • Records or visualizes physical or trace evidence through such photographic techniques as macro, micro, infrared, and ultraviolet photography and the use of alternate light sources.
  • Collects, photographs and preserves fingerprints, palm prints, and other types of body prints.
  • May perform aerial photography assignments.
  • Develops, enhances, preserves, photographs and collects fingerprints, palm prints, and other types of body prints, using various visual, physical, chemical and other scientific methods.
  • Collects fingerprints and other evidence and takes photographs of deceased victims in various stages of decomposition.
  • Takes various types of photographs and videos of persons and objects. Downloads, enhances, prints, enlarges and mounts color and black & white photographs.
  • Photograph and prepares castings of tire impressions, foot impressions, hand impressions, tool and other types of impressions. Analyzes and prepares conclusions of evidence for use in court testimony.
  • Operates digital, film, and video camera equipment and other specialized equipment in the recording, development, enhancement, collection and presentation of crime scene evidence.
  • Prepares hand drawn and computer generated sketches and diagrams.
  • Performs various types of specialized tests, such as gunshot residue tests, suspect rape exams, fingernail swabs & scrapings and DNA collection.
  • Prepares and maintains detailed reports and records. Prepares in-depth reports and accompanying evidence for court presentation. Reconstructs crime scenes.
  • Serves as the recognized expert in court in the presentation and verification of collected evidence such as bloodstain interpretation, projectile trajectory, fingerprints, photography, and diagramming.
  • Guides, trains and instructs less experienced personnel in the various assigned duties of the position.
  • Collects, photographs, preserves, compares and identifies fingerprints, palm prints and other types of body prints and performs basic analysis of blood, ballistic, narcotic and other types of physical evidence. Performs physical match comparisons. Enters latent prints into AFIS computer system. Performs quality control on fingerprints in the AFIS system.
  • Performs related duties and responsibilities as required.


  • Journey-level experience in the field of forensic science, crime scene investigation and latent/10-print fingerprint comparisons, including experience providing expert witness testimony in crime scene investigation and latent/10-print fingerprint comparisons.
  • In addition to the knowledge requirements listed under Forensic Specialist I, the following additional knowledge is required. Thorough working knowledge of crime scene and laboratory unit including recognition, collection, preservation and interpretation of all types of evidence; current technology in processing and interpreting firearms, bloodstains and bullet trajectory; processes used to classify latent prints and methods used for automated search and retrieval (AFIS); comparing and identifying inked prints and latent prints; type and content of testimony which constitutes being an expert witness in the comparison of inked and latent prints and crime scene investigation.
  • In addition to the abilities listed under Forensic Specialist I, the following additional abilities are required: Independently and accurately conduct crime scene investigations; recognize, search for, collect and preserve all types of evidence; effectively use such photographic techniques as macro, micro, infrared, ultraviolet and alternate light source (laser) to record or visualize physical or trace evidence; collect, photograph, preserve, classify and identify fingerprints, palm prints and other types of body prints; use an AFIS computer system to process, search and interpret latent prints; collect, photograph, preserve, identify and perform basic analysis of bloodstains, ballistic, narcotic and other types of physical evidence and perform physical match comparisons; prepare castings or moulages of various impressions, analyze and prepare conclusions for use in court testimony; prepare accurate, concise and thorough written crime scene reports; effectively reconstruct crime scenes; effectively testify in court as an expert witness regarding crime scene evidence and latent /10-print fingerprint comparisons; effectively give instruction and guidance to less qualified forensic personnel in the field; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain accurate and complete files and records; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with those encountered in the course of work.
  • Possession of a valid California Driver's License by date of appointment.
  • Possession of a valid International Association for Identification (IAI) certification, such as a Crime Scene Certification (Certified Crime Scene Investigator) or Latent Print Certification is desirable.
  • NOTE: Must be available to work assigned shifts, which includes nights, weekends and holidays.

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Posted: August 16, 2018

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