Employment Opportunity

Forensic Identification Specialist II

Los Angeles County Sheriff' Department, Los Angeles, California

Salary: $80,882.16 - $100,478.16 Annually


Under general supervision, performs field or laboratory analysis for processing and comparing fingerprints, and processing complex crime scenes.

Positions allocable to this journey-level class receive general supervision from Supervising Forensic Identification Specialist positions or a higher-level supervisor. Positions participate in all types of crime scene investigations and laboratory analysis for processing and comparing fingerprints, and exercise independent judgment and initiative in processing complex crime scenes by recognizing, searching, collecting, and preserving physical evidence. In addition, they develop latent fingerprints by chemical and technical methods, qualify as an expert witness, operate automated fingerprint identification systems, and videotape crime scenes. Positions in this class are also responsible for instructing the less experienced Forensic Identification Specialists.

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  • Processes the most complex crime scenes requiring specialized techniques in recognizing, searching, collecting, and preserving fingerprint and physical evidence in addition to making impressions of shoe prints and tire markings.
  • Processes severed fingers from decomposed bodies for identification.
  • Develops, collects, and preserves latent fingerprints by dusting, chemical processing, and alternate light source technology.
  • Prepares, enters, and compares latent fingerprints in the automated CAL-ID system.
  • Participates in case-related research projects and evaluates new procedures.
  • Conducts crime scene investigations to recognize, search for, collect, and preserve fingerprints and physical evidence such as hairs, fibers, plant material, and biological fluids.
  • Responds to Coroner's Office to locate and collect trace evidence from deceased victims using conventional techniques, chemical processing, and alternate light source technology.
  • Participates in training of incumbents and outside agencies' personnel.
  • Makes impressions of shoe prints, tire tracks, and other objects at crime scenes.
  • Takes aerial photographs and videotapes of crime scenes.
  • Provides expert testimony on fingerprint comparisons and processing of crime scenes.
  • Updates procedural manuals and participates in developing briefing and training videos.
  • Prepares detailed reports of activities and court exhibits.
  • Accesses crime scenes in a variety of environments including remote areas requiring mountaineering and other entrance and egress techniques in order to document and collect evidence.
  • Drives to crime scenes located anywhere within Los Angeles County to collect physical evidence (fingerprints, shoe prints, tire impressions, etc.).


  • Option I: Graduation from an accredited college with a Bachelor's degree in criminalistics, police science, or a related field* -AND- three years of experience at the level of Los Angeles County class Forensic Identification Specialist I** participating in site investigations and laboratory analysis. Experience at the level of Forensic Identification Specialist I may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis to a maximum of four years experience.
  • Option II: Two years of experience as a Forensic Identification Specialist I in the service of the County of Los Angeles.
  • Option III: Three years of experience as a Supervising Forensic Technician in the service of the County of Los Angeles.
  • A valid California Class C Driver License is required to perform job-related essential functions such as traveling to crime scenes. Appointees may be required to provide automobiles and drive them in County Service at the rate of compensation allowed by the Board of Supervisors. All applicants must possess a valid California Class "C" license at the time of appointment.
  • License information: Successful applicants for this position will be required to obtain a copy of his/her driving record from the California State Department of Motor Vehicles before being appointed. A copy of your driving record must be presented at the time of your appointment. License must not be suspended, restricted, or revoked. AN APPLICANT WHOSE DRIVING RECORD SHOWS THREE (3) OR MORE MOVING VIOLATIONS WITHIN THE LAST YEAR WILL NOT BE APPOINTED.
  • Physical Class III- Moderate: Includes standing or walking most of the time, with bending, stooping, squatting, twisting, and reaching; includes working on irregular surfaces, occasionally lifting objects weighing over 25 pounds, and frequent lifting of 10-25 pounds.

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Posted: April 22, 2019

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