Employment Opportunity

Forensic Specialist I

Anaheim Police Department, Anaheim, California

Salary: $5,172.27 - $6,600.53 Monthly

Final Filing Date: Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis until a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. The deadline for the first review of applications is on WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2018 at 5:00 PM.

This recruitment will be used to fill full-time and part-time positions.

The Anaheim Police Department is seeking a highly motivated professional to serve as their next Forensic Specialist I. The ideal candidate will have prior experience in taking crime scene photos as well as processing and lifting latent prints.

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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.
  • Perform related duties as required.


  • Responsible experience in taking and processing photographs and lifting and classifying fingerprints from a crime scene or evidence.
  • Knowledge of identification, collection, preservation and processing of physical evidence; fingerprinting processes; rules of evidence; police procedures; Federal, State and local laws regulating the collection and preservation of evidence; crime scene report writing; operation; court testimony procedures and techniques; photography equipment with emphasis on digital, film and video cameras; darkroom procedures in the processing of black and white and color film; the use of alternate light sources; latent criminal analysis procedures.
  • The ability to learn the full spectrum of crime scene investigation duties; take and process effective and useful crime scene photos; lift and classify latent fingerprints according to established systems and procedures; operate digital, film and video equipment in the gathering and presentation of evidence; accurately and confidently give courtroom testimony regarding the collection of crime scene evidence; prepare and present thorough and accurate crime scene reports; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain accurate and complete files and records; learn the processes necessary to accurately reconstruct a crime scene for use during courtroom testimony; learn the skills necessary to present expert testimony; 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: This position requires the ability to work nights, weekends and holidays as assigned.

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How to apply: Apply online

Posted: October 26, 2018

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