Employment Opportunity

Firearms Examiner

Colorado Springs Police Department, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Salary: $5,159.00 - $6,193.00 Monthly

Final Filing Date: November 19, 2019

As a Firearms Examiner for CSPD's (Colorado Springs Police Department) Metro Crime Lab, you will perform firearm and toolmark examinations, prepare technical reports that support analytical findings, and present them in a court of law through expert witness testimony.

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  • Perform mechanical function examinations of a wide-variety of firearms
  • Identify and analyze firearms and related physical evidence, such as ammunition, ammunition components (bullets, cartridge cases, shot shells, etc.), and gunshot residue patterns, etc.
  • Provide evaluation and acquisition of appropriate evidence for entry into IBIS/NIBIN (Integrated Ballistics Identification System/National Integrated Ballistic Information Network)
  • Perform microscopic comparisons of ammunition and ammunition components
  • Prepare non-firearm related toolmark comparisons
  • Collect and preserve evidence; examine evidence using various laboratory techniques; and interpret analytical results
  • Perform muzzle to target distance determination
  • Provide training for law enforcement academies, officers, and attorneys in the firearms and toolmark disciplines
  • Perform serial number restoration
  • Assist with maintaining the lab's Firearms and Ammunition reference collection, including auditing procedures
  • Ensure maintenance of all equipment


We are looking for candidates who demonstrate:
  • Knowledge of operations, services, and activities of a crime lab
  • Knowledge of legal procedures for the admission of evidence in criminal investigations
  • Knowledge of equipment, materials, and supplies used in a crime lab
  • Knowledge of pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions
  • Ability to stay abreast of current technologies and procedures
  • Ability to testify in court proceedings as an expert witness
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
Successful candidate will have:
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in general chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, biology, microbiology, criminology, or other forensic related science field
  • Three years of full-time forensic laboratory experience in firearm and toolmark examinations, including experience as an expert witness
  • Possess and maintain a valid, non-probationary Colorado driver's license not subject to restriction related to alcohol and/or drug violations or pending charges
Ideal candidates will also have the following AFTE (Association of Firearm and ToolMark Examiners) certifications:
  • (FA-AFTE) Certification in Firearms Evidence Examination and Identification;
  • (GSR-AFTE) Gunshot Residue Evidence Examination and Identification; and/or
  • (TM-AFTE) Toolmark Evidence Examination and Identification
  • Experience working in an ISO-17025 Accredited Laboratory
  • IBIS/NIBIN training and experience
Additional Information
  • This position requires the ability to work independently and exceptional organizational skills.
  • This position requires the ability to respond to crime scene locations.
  • The job offer will be contingent upon successful completion of a polygraph examination, extensive background check, and other pre-employment assessments.
  • Applicants that have used marijuana within 18 months from the date of their application submission will not be eligible for hire. More information about the Colorado Springs Police Department's Marijuana Use Policy can be found at http://www.springsgov.com/Page.aspx?NavID=4887.
  • Primary Work Environment - Laboratory environment with some travel from site to site and possible exposure to extreme weather conditions
  • Extreme Temperature - Seasonally
  • Wetness and Humidity - Seasonally
  • Respiratory Hazards - Daily (laboratory environment)
  • Noise and Vibrations - Daily (laboratory environment)
  • Physical Hazards - Daily
  • Mechanical and/or Electrical Hazards - Occasionally
  • Exposure to Communicable Diseases - Occasionally

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How to apply: Apply online

Posted: November 6, 2019

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