Employment Opportunity

Criminalist - Firearms Examiner

Aurora Police Department, Aurora, Colorado

Salary: $27.0421 - $40.7317 per year

Final Filing Date: Continuous posting and will remain open until filled

The City of Aurora's Police Department is looking for and experienced Firearms Examiner to perform analysis of forensic evidence through a variety of methods related to firearms and toolmarks as needed to support the criminal investigation functions of the Police Department.

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  • Examines & compares for identification, forensic evidence related to firearms and toolmarks by employing physical, microscopic, chemical, photographic & instrumental techniques
  • Analysis include mechanical function checks of firearms, fired bullet & cartridge case identifications, gunshot/bullet residue examinations, muzzle-to-target distance determinations, projectile velocity analysis, tool & toolmark identifications, physical match comparisons, serial number restoration and other specialized identification problems
  • May also assist in the processing/analysis of crime scenes as required
  • Prepares reports on analysis and crime scene investigations
  • May assist and advise investigators and prosecuting attorneys regarding cases, results, and expected testimony
  • Performs additional duties as assigned


  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in criminalistics, chemistry, biology, physics or directly related field
  • 1 year of specialized training in firearms/toolmark examination
  • At least 2 years experience conducting firearms/toolmark examination,
  • At least 1 year experience in conducting independent firearm/toolmark examinations and testimony as an expert
  • An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that demonstrates required knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.
  • Knowledge of appropriate scientific procedures and equipment used in firearm/toolmark examination
  • Investigative methods and techniques
  • Rules of evidence and court testimony
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and citizens
  • Handle stressful situations with tact and diplomacy
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Organize and prioritize work
  • Properly use and maintain scientific equipment
  • Prepare accurate reports
  • Testify effectively on scientific matters and work in any weather condition and under adverse physical circumstances
  • Skill in firearm/toolmark examination and crime scene investigation
  • Colorado Driver's License with a good driving record
  • This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment


Physical Demands:
  • Light to moderate physical work requiring ability to lift 50 pounds with or without assistance
  • Regular lifting and carrying of 10 to 20 pounds of equipment and/or evidence
  • Regular standing and walking to investigate crime scene
  • Hand/eye coordination to operate computer, laboratory instruments, and other testing instruments, and video equipment
  • Foot/eye coordination to operate motor vehicle; visual acuity correctable to 20/40 with no color impairment to interpret data
  • Speech communication, hearing, and listening to maintain communications with other employees and citizens
Equipment Used:
  • Computer, camera, laboratory instruments, and video equipment
Work Environment:
  • Works primarily in an office/laboratory environment with some work outdoors at crime scenes
  • Possible exposure to biohazard contamination, chemicals, odors, and noise

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Posted: October 11, 2019

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