Employment Opportunity

Firearms and Tool Mark Examiner

Winston-Salem Police Department, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Salary: $40,301.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

Performs responsible technical and investigative work involving the identification, gathering, and preservation of evidence related to firearms and tool marks; does related work as required. Work is performed under general supervision.

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  • Work is performed in a regular 40 hour week based on a day schedule with on-call as needed basis;
  • Operates vehicles in normal and adverse weather conditions;
  • Performs safety and operational analysis of firearms;
  • Examines, identifies, and analyzes firearms and physical evidence including bullets, cartridge cases, shot shells, wadding, and live ammunition;
  • Specializes in the usage of IBIS (Integrated Ballistic Identification System) and conducts entry and automated, preliminary comparison utilizing the IBIS terminal;
  • Evaluates and compares forensic firearm and tool mark evidence to known standards utilizing a verification methodology utilizing microscopes;
  • Produce known standards of forensic firearm and tool mark evidence utilizing case evidence or comparable case evidence in a controlled environment;
  • Assists with maintaining all forensic firearm and tool mark files and evidence;
  • Processes firearm and tool mark evidence for possible latent prints and DNA evidence utilizing a variety of chemicals and non-chemical techniques;
  • Performs serial number restoration on forensic firearm evidence;
  • Chemical testing for trace metals;
  • Projectile trajectory determination;
  • Reconstruction and diagraming of shooting events;
  • Providing assistance of technical nature to investigators;
  • Respond to crime scenes to perform examinations and assist in documentation and collection of evidence;
  • Performs administrative tasks;
  • Prepares evidence for court presentations;
  • Presenting courtroom testimony in District, State, and Federal Courts maintains confidentiality;
  • Prepares detailed investigative and supplemental case reports of activities and investigations;
  • Effectively communicates with investigators, court personnel, suspects, and citizens;
  • Remains abreast of technological and procedural advances in the firearms discipline;
  • Does related work as required.


  • Minimum of Baccalaureate (four year) Degree in biological or physical science, law enforcement, criminal justice, or closely related field from an accredited institution.
  • Supplemented course work is required.
  • General knowledge of methods and standards employed in forensic science; general knowledge of rules of evidence; general knowledge of photography; ability to maintain confidentiality; ability to follow complex oral and written directions; ability to use all issued equipment at the required level of proficiency; ability to communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing; ability to present clear and concise testimony in court; ability to work independently in the absence of direct supervision; basic knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet programs.
  • Adequate physical agility and endurance to carry out duties to include climbing, standing, crawling, kneeling; sitting, etc. for extended lengths of time. Constant light to moderate lifting. Exposure to loud noises, hearing protection is provided.
  • Exposure to bloodborne pathogens; exposure to dust/dirt, fumes, smoke, adverse sights and smells, adverse weather conditions; extreme heights and environments; and confined spaces.
Supplemental Information:
  • Possession of a valid North Carolina driver's license.
  • Successful completion of the City of Winston-Salem driver's license course and all related drivers training requirements.
  • Ability to obtain medical and departmental approval for respirator use.
  • Certification through the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners is required within three years of full time casework.

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Posted: December 4, 2018

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