Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist I

Minneapolis Police Department, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Salary: $46,918.56 - $64,794.08 Annually

Final Filing Date: December 21, 2018

Under the direction of qualified Forensic Scientist trainers the Forensic Scientist I (FSI) will train and show progressive competencies and abilities in the documentation and processing of crime scenes; the examination of friction ridge impression evidence; documentation and report writing; and court testimony.

The FSI will complete training in field operations procedures of the Minneapolis Police Department Crime Lab and become proficient in all job duties before providing full performance as a Forensic Scientist with the Minneapolis Police Department.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Recognize potential physical evidence at crime scenes. Document and collect according to established procedures and methods intended to preserve evidence.
  • Handle, search, and evaluate the significance of evidence so the necessary examinations are conducted on evidence.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of procedures necessary to provide analyses on submitted evidence.
  • Demonstrate a working level of skill and ability in conducting examinations and/or processing of evidence (friction ridge impressions) and the ability to obtain accurate and reproducible results which can be reported to investigators or submitting agencies.
  • Maintain records and prepare reports on the results of analyses so the integrity of all analyses is maintained.
  • Properly receive, record, maintain, and process physical evidence so that accurate, complete chain of custody and case information is documented.
  • Participate in professional organizations so information sharing and relationships with colleagues in the discipline are maintained.
  • Review case records and provide court testimony as a witness in criminal justice proceedings.
  • Read and comprehend current scientific literature and research in the discipline so the most current methods can be reviewed, and issues in the profession can be promptly identified and addressed.
  • Pass all competency tests in the discipline so quality assurance requirements are achieved.


  • Bachelor's degree in a Physical Science, Forensic Science, Criminal Justice or a related field of study.
  • No experience required.
  • An equivalent combination of related education/experience may be considered. Example: Four (4) years of experience processing crime scenes, working in a crime scene laboratory or working in a police crime scene office performing crime scene investigations. Or four years of experience in fingerprint analysis and comparison and/or latent print identification.
  • Must have and maintain a valid Driver's License.
  • Must be able to attain certification by the International Association for Identification (IAI) as a Crime Scene Investigator after one (1) year of hire and pass the Minneapolis Police Department's Crime Lab Certification Exam within three (3) years of hire.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to carry equipment of moderate weight
  • Vision correctable to 20/20
  • Ability to work out-of-doors in inclement weather for long periods of time
  • Ability to access difficult-to-reach areas
  • Ability to work independently without direct supervision
  • Perceptual skills to recognize fingerprint minutiae and relate to known prints
  • Knowledge of computer operations in scientific inquiry.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with police staff and other Forensic Scientists.
  • Other specification may be applied per discipline.
Desirable Qualifications:
  • Crime scene investigation
  • Drafting
  • Automated fingerprint identification systems
  • Latent print comparison
  • Court procedures
  • Photography
  • Laboratory safety
  • Firearms

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Posted: November 27, 2018

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