Employment Opportunity

Computer Forensic Investigator

Wright County Sheriff, Buffalo, Minnesota

Salary: $55,016.00 - $77,043.20 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

The Computer Forensics Investigator investigates routine and complex crimes in which computers or electronic media are used as the primary means to commit offenses or as an aid in the commission of a wide range of crimes typically involving fraud, suicide, child pornography, assaults, and order for protection violations and other related crimes. This position 1) conducts thorough examinations of computer hard disk drives and other data storage media including cell phones and surveillance devices, 2) preserves and copies original media for purposes of preventing the transference of viruses, destructive programs and inadvertent writes to and from the original medial using write blockers and 3) prepares and presents detailed reports on findings, and 4) provides expert courtroom testimony 5) Create and maintain professional contacts who will aid in the collection and dissemination of highly confidential information regarding the identity and activities of suspected criminals and criminal organizations.

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  • Conducts forensic examination of computers, cell phones or other data storage devices seized with a search warrant or voluntarily surrendered.
    • Assists law enforcement officers in legal preparation of search warrants, subpoenas, etc. to properly obtain relevant electronic media as evidence. Apply the appropriate forensic software or analytical methods and techniques to identify and analyze raw information for the purpose of substantiating alleged criminal activity and generating investigative leads. Writes reports of investigative services required, including field and lab reports.
    • Examines computers and media generated by computers to develop evidence and expert testimony for court.
    • Examines evidence which has or is expected to have significant interest by the news media or judicial system.
    • Utilize computerized forensic or analytical tools to prepare reports, document evidence, create charts, timelines and link diagrams for the purpose of demonstrating illicit criminal activity or analytical findings, target relationships, time sequence of events and criminal hierarchy.
    • Determines most appropriate method of protecting original evidence and recovering deleted, erased, hidden and encrypted data.
    • Identifies and recommends methods and procedures for preservation, evidence recover and presentation of computer evidence.
    • Responsible for inventory management of physical evidence submitted for examination and properly document the evidence chain of custody.
    • Disassembles computers, cell phones and related hardware.
  • Researches case backgrounds and communicates with supervisor, detectives or other investigators to ensure case requirements are completed.
    • Develop and present instruction and/or training to peace officers, civic organizations and others in the role of the Computer Forensic Investigator and computer forensic lab in the processing and handling of evidence.
    • Participate in case meetings with law enforcement personnel to define analytical needs and report analytical findings.
  • Provides expert testimony in criminal or civil court or provides deposition required on results of seizures and handling of evidence and results of analysis conducted based on detailed report findings.
    • Aids in the preparation of court exhibits.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Systems Technology, Computer Programming, Electronic or Computer Engineering, Computer Forensics or a related field OR an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience equal to 4 years.
  • A valid MN driver's license is required.
  • Must be available to respond to search warrants and consent to search requests to locate, collect and preserve evidence, and/or process and perform analysis of that potential evidence.
Knowledge, skills and abilities include:
  • Extensive knowledge of computers and electronics media including experience using software such as EnCase and FTK, as well as different versions of Windows, Mac and other operating systems.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills. Ability to prepare concise and effective verbal and written reports and testimony.
  • Ability to evaluate and maintain hardware and software necessary for the performance of computer related investigations.
  • Knowledge of the processes and procedures involved in installing, configuring and testing hardware and software on workstations, peripherals and the software in a network environment.
  • Ability to examine various operating and file systems and network communications found in diverse technology; recover deleted, encrypted and damaged file information.
  • Ability to maintain the confidentiality of law enforcement and investigatory records and other confidential information.
  • Ability to research and study new technology and industry standards to develop operating procedures to determine techniques for acquiring and examining digital evidence stored within it.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with other staff.
Physical Demands & Working Conditions:
  • Work is usually performed in a normal office environment.
  • Occasional travel to other offices or locations may be required to attend meetings, training, etc.
  • Work requires frequent use of a computer, telephone, and other office and specialized equipment.
  • There is continual use of fine motor skills to perform repetitive movements and requires clear close vision.
  • Activities the employee must perform include standing, walking, bending, squatting, reaching, fingering, talking, and hearing/listening.
  • There is continuous attention to detail and frequent deadlines.
  • Requires ability to lift up to 20 lbs. on an intermittent/occasional basis.
  • There is frequent exposure to offensive language, graphic sexual content and pornography.

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Posted: January 8, 2018

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