Employment Opportunity

Forensic Analysis Supervisor

Lakewood Police Department, Lakewood, Colorado

Salary: $87,630.40 - $123,177.60 Annually

Final Filing Date: February 15, 2019

This position is a "working" supervisor, in that the incumbent will perform routine duties and have an expertise in at least one discipline within the team for which they supervise. This position also has the additional responsibility of supervising the Forensic Analysis Team, consisting of Crime Scene Analysis, Imaging Specialist and Forensic Computer Analysis. This person is responsible for the training and continuous supervision of highly skilled forensic professionals. Additionally, this person is responsible for the management, administration and direction of the technical evidence collection and examination activities of both sworn and non-sworn staff, budget preparation, and the coordination and direction of the unit's activities and operation.

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  • Performs responsibilities of work group assignments as well as supervisory duties. As this position is non-exempt, this employee may continue to be on-call for crime scene analysis, if necessary.
  • Oversees and administers Crime Lab budget with the oversight of the Investigations Commander.
  • Performs contract administration and renewals, including Inter-Governmental Agreements (IGA's)
  • Analyzes work needs and allocates resources accordingly, develops work schedules and makes personnel assignments; reviews staffing deployment to ensure an efficient and effective utilization of resources; provides direct guidance on field and/or administrative matters.
  • Formulates section goals and objectives; sets goals and objectives for employees and follows up on the attainment of same; meets with subordinates to identify ways to improve section/team effectiveness; evaluates employee job performance, both orally and in writing.
  • Identifies personnel training needs; ensures that proper in-service training is conducted for incumbent and new employees; evaluates training received by subordinates; coordinates and conducts ongoing training activities for technical and sworn personnel; reviews and submits training records and reports. Attends training sessions on new methods and techniques existent within the forensic identification community to stay abreast of developments and to upgrade skills.
  • Reviews/approves reports, overtime slips, leave requests and other documents submitted by subordinates for accuracy and completeness; updates employee logs, writes memos, letters, reports and employee appraisals, as required.
  • Routinely meets with subordinates, in both group and on an individual basis, to resolve conflicts, develop plans, and clarify procedures and to provide positive reinforcement to improve morale and productivity; and resolves disputes among subordinates.
  • Coordinates work with other supervisors; meets with other supervisors to resolve problems; assists in overseeing the purchase of equipment and supplies; performs research and provides service on committees when needed. Establishes and maintains constant lines of communication with internal and external elements of the department; completes special projects, assignments, research and investigations as assigned and keeps commander appraised as to matters of significance.
  • Maintains close contact with individuals in other public and private forensic entities.
  • Testifies in court as an expert in forensic identification matters; oversees investigations; coordinates complex investigations, technical evidence examination or other major incident responses. Supervises and participates in the technical functions of the Forensic Analysis Team crime scene investigations and/or criminal identification activities.
  • Researches, analyzes and recommends policy or procedures at the section, division or department level affecting technical evidence collection, packaging, examination, utilization or analysis.
  • Participates in professional forensic organizations with local, regional, state, national or international scope.
  • Initiates correspondence and memorandums relative to operational activities.
  • Supervises and participates in the technical functions of the Forensic Analysis Team, crime scene investigations and/or criminal identification activities.
  • Prepares and authors detailed and comprehensive written reports of field or laboratory examinations; e.g., police reporting for criminal justice purposes.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Must be able to interact with others in a positive manner
  • Requires regular and prompt attendance.


Supervision Received
  • Receives general supervision from the Commander of Investigations
Supervision Given
  • Supervises a team (professional and administrative) of personnel in the Forensic Analysis Team.


  • A bachelor's degree in any subject, with a minimum of six consecutive, progressively responsible years of experience in forensic investigations, forensic identification and examination techniques, and laboratory analysis techniques is preferred. A minimum of two years of college, combined with a minimum of ten years of experience in a forensic discipline, which includes some supervisory experience and training, may be substituted for a degree.
  • Previous supervisory experience is a preferred qualification.
  • Previous law enforcement experience is preferred.
  • Must be court qualified as an expert witness in at least one discipline of forensic science with a high level of professional credibility. If a professional certification program exists within the forensic discipline in which the candidate is qualified as an expert, the candidate must possess certification at the highest level provided.
  • Must hold a valid driver's license, as well as possess a good driving record.
Other Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Extensive knowledge of law enforcement policies/procedures and physical evidence collection/utilization/examination techniques.
  • Must be able to pass a polygraph examination, psychological evaluation, background investigation, reference checks and hair follicle drug exam.
  • Must possess working knowledge of a wide range of forensic disciplines to be able to ensure that requirements of those disciplines are met during activities involving subordinates.
  • Requires a demonstrated ability to work well with a wide range of people, provide leadership, use good judgment, plan and organize effectively, and supervise large-scale operations and personnel. Must have effective oral and written communication skills, and display a thorough knowledge of modern principles, methods and procedures of the technical aspects of law enforcement.
  • Must meet any professional or technical physical qualifications, and be able to perform any activities required of the primary forensic discipline under adverse weather or atmospheric conditions or uncomfortable or unpleasant physical working conditions.
  • Must not have been censured or disciplined by any professional ethic or certification body for any matter relating to professional or technical performance.
  • Due to the nature of the work, an employee in this position may be considered essential. Essential personnel are determined by the chain of command, the type of emergency and the human resources needed.
  • Six-month probationary period required.
  • Knowledge of the principles of laboratory supervision is highly desirable.
  • Bi-lingual (Spanish speaking) ability is desirable.


Lifting and Carrying
  • Must be able to lift, carry and/or move items weighing up to 20 pounds from one location to another, or be able to meet the lifting and carrying requirements of their primary job's description.
Body Positions
  • Sitting at a workstation for long periods of time.
  • Walking/moving among Police Department and other City Departments, as well as in the field.
  • Requires manual dexterity to handle a variety of items and office and photography equipment.
  • Must be able to hear and understand the telephone, and audible signals from equipment and sounds from surrounding environment in the office and in the field.
  • Visual acuity correctable to 20/40.
  • Must be able to differentiate between colors and shades of color, with no red/green blindness; have depth perception and no progressive eye disease in order to evaluate and compare the results of scientific or technical examinations and/or comparisons.


  • Must have basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills for statistical recordings, reports and supply management.
  • Employee must be able to remember policies, procedures, criminal laws and ordinances that apply to criminal investigations.
Language Ability
  • Able to effectively communicate complex technical information, both verbally and in writing, using standard English.
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions accurately, identify and evaluate physical evidence and present evidence in court.


  • Work involves exposure to uncomfortable, unpleasant or dangerous working conditions, criminal element, long hours or heavy workload as well as the high demand for unerring accuracy and the potentially costly or career devastating consequence of error. Work involves courtroom examination and with the requirement for confidentiality and discretion.
  • Work is performed primarily under office conditions, however, may also require laboratory or on scene field investigation activities. Work may include exposure to cadavers of varying physical conditions to obtain desired physical evidence. Laboratory or field investigation activities may include exposure to dangerous chemicals, harmful or unpleasant fumes or odors and potentially dangerous or contaminated materials and locations. Work may include uncomfortable or unpleasant physical conditions or positions.
  • Office Equipment
  • Telephones
  • Computers/ Terminals
  • Chemicals and Chemical Formulae
  • Laboratory apparatus
  • Surgical and laboratory tools and equipment
  • Magnification devices including microscopes and attachments
  • Mobile laboratory vehicles
  • City vehicle and personal auto
  • Alternative light sources
  • Fingerprinting equipment
  • Digital camera equipment
  • All types of cameras
  • Photographic and lighting equipment
  • Infrared and ultraviolet lighting equipment
  • Power and manually operated hand tools
  • Fax

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Posted: February 5, 2019

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