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Forensic Scientist I or II - Latent Prints

Mesa Police Department, Mesa, Arizona

Salary:

  • Forensic Scientist I: $50,090.44 - $72,862.40 annually
  • Forensic Scientist II: $57,983.24 - $84,344.00 annually

Final Filing Date: July 11, 2019

A Forensic Scientist in the Latent Print Unit performs forensic examinations of physical evidence submitted to the Forensic Services related to friction ridge comparative analysis. Duties include: taking exemplars for criminal and non-criminal matters, including deceased persons; making accurate conclusions regarding friction ridge comparative analysis; and operating the Arizona Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AZAFIS) and Next Generation Identification (NGI). Authorized personnel may perform shoe and tire comparisons. This class is responsible for performing related duties as required.

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Duties:

  • A Forensic Scientist I is responsible for applying the physical sciences to the investigation of crimes by learning to perform laboratory examinations of physical evidence submitted to the Police Department Forensic Services. This is a professional entry-level class in the Forensic Scientist series. Incumbents in this class receive training in higher skill level duties and perform examinations under close supervision. An employee in this class reads relevant materials and attends training sessions in all aspects of forensic laboratory practices. Routine work is performed independently, but assignments that are more complex may be performed under direct supervision depending on the level of difficulty. As training progresses, incumbents are expected to exercise independence and good judgment. A Forensic Scientist I may progress by noncompetitive promotion to the classification of Forensic Scientist II after successful completion of all requirements stipulated in the criteria-based promotion plan, which include four years of forensic laboratory experience.
  • A Forensic Scientist II performs specialized forensic evaluations and/or complex forensic examinations of physical evidence submitted to the Police Department Forensic Services. A Forensic Scientist II is recognized as an expert in at least one area of forensic science, which may include blood alcohol analysis, controlled substance identification, latent print comparison, toxicology, serology/DNA, arson, firearms/toolmark examination, or trace evidence analyses. This class is considered a journey-level position in the Police Department Forensic Services Forensic Scientist series. A Forensic Scientist II may conduct field investigations at crime scenes to search for, collect, and preserve evidence for laboratory analysis; and reconstruct situations and physical evidence of a crime in the demonstration of proof of the connection of persons, instruments, or materials with the crime. Employees in this class may receive further training in order to progress by non-competitive promotion to the classification of Forensic Scientist III upon successful completion of requirements stipulated in the criteria-based promotion plan and the requirements of the class.

Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications Required.
  • Forensic Scientist I: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's or advanced degree in Biology/Biochemistry, Chemistry, Forensic Science, or a closely related natural science. Job related experience may substitute for the degree requirements on a year-for-year basis. In addition, the following disciplines have specific minimum educational requirements: Latent Print Unit Assignment: Twenty-four (24) credit hours of college coursework in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) completed successfully.
  • Forensic Scientist II: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's or advanced degree in Biology/Biochemistry, Chemistry, Forensic Science, or closely related natural science. Job related experience may substitute for the degree requirements on a year-for-year basis. At least four years' experience in a crime laboratory as a Forensic Scientist or equivalent; and acceptance as an expert witness in court in at least one forensic discipline OR successful completion of all requirements stipulated in the criteria-based promotion plan for this classification. In addition, the following disciplines have specific minimum educational requirements: Latent Print Unit Assignment: Twenty-four (24) credit hours of college coursework in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) completed successfully.
Special Requirements. Forensic Scientist I and II:
  • Because of the confidential, sensitive nature of information handled, successful completion of a background investigation and polygraph is required. Must possess a valid Arizona Driver's License by hire date.
Substance Abuse Testing. Forensic Scientist I and II:
  • Due to the safety and/or security sensitive nature of this classification, individuals shall be subject to pre-employment or pre-placement alcohol, drug and/or controlled substance testing as outlined in City policy and procedures.
Preferred/Desirable Qualifications. Forensic Scientist I and II:
  • Experience as a Criminalist/Forensic Scientist in an internationally accredited laboratory actively engaged in the forensic sciences.

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Posted: June 28, 2019


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