Employment Opportunity


Firearm & Toolmark Examiner

Fort Worth Police Department, Fort Worth, Texas

Salary: $47,826 - $74,278 per year

Final Filing Date: February 29, 2020

As a City of Fort Worth Police Department employee, the incumbent for the following Firearm & Toolmark Examiner II-III will contribute to the Department’s strategic goals, mission and vision by performing:
  • Firearm & Toolmark Examiner II - a variety of more complex scientific laboratory analyses on physical evidence to provide scientific consultation; interprets more complex test results and forms conclusions; writes scientific examination reports; testifies as an expert witness in court; reviews and participates in more complex and difficult work.
  • Firearm & Toolmark Examiner III - a variety of more complex scientific laboratory analyses on physical evidence to provide scientific consultation; interprets more complex test results and forms conclusions; writes scientific examination reports; testifies as an expert witness in court; reviews and participates in more complex and difficult work; assists supervisory staff in various assigned projects

Duties and Requirements Click to read more

Duties:

FIREARM & TOOLMARK EXAMINER I
  • Examines all types of firearms and firearms related evidence; including firearm functionality testing, microscopic examination and comparison of ammunition components, such as bullets and cartridge cases, serial number restoration testing, non-firearm toolmark examinations and muzzle-to-target distance determination examinations.
  • Reads relevant materials and attends training sessions in all aspects of forensic laboratory practices.
  • Processes crime scene evidence with forensic detail; analyzes and compares evidence to known standards; and, enters findings into appropriate forensic database.
  • Supports the law enforcement community in the investigation of crimes by receiving and maintaining forensic chain of custody; prepares reports that documents findings; provides expert opinions in scientific specialization to investigators; and provides expert witness testimony regarding forensic findings in a court of law.
  • Examines evidence and performs comparisons between known and unknown items.
  • Enters and searches data in the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN).
  • Utilizes NIBIN to generate potential investigative leads.
  • Performs work in accordance with established departmental policies and procedures, federal/state guidelines, and accreditation standards.
  • Works with chemicals and other hazardous materials. As training progresses, scientists are expected to exercise independence and good judgment.
  • Performs proficiency testing and quality control and maintenance of instrumentation.
  • Adheres to assigned work schedule as outlined in the Department and City attendance policies and procedures; ensures all behaviors comply with the City’s Personnel Rules and Regulations.
FIREARM & TOOLMARK EXAMINER II
  • Performs all essential duties and responsibilities of a Firearm & Toolmark Examiner I.
  • Examines all types of more complex firearms and firearms related evidence; including more complex firearm functionality testing.
  • Collects, preserves and maintains integrity of evidence in the laboratory; examines evidence; accurately documents description and condition of items; maintains chain of custody for evidence.
  • Performs technical reviews, as assigned.
  • Determines proper testing techniques for each item of evidence.
  • Performs a series of complex analytical examinations utilizing biology, chemistry, physics and/or molecular biology theories, where applicable.
  • Performs chemical and physical analyses and/or microscopic examinations in the identification and comparison of evidence.
  • Enters and searches data in the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN).
  • Interprets examination results and forms a basis for expert opinion for the purpose of providing factual conclusions relating to evidence collected in a criminal investigation.
  • Ensures conformance to good laboratory practice and quality standards; maintains a healthy and safe working environment and proper disposal of biological, chemical and other hazardous waste; performs maintenance and repair of laboratory equipment.
  • Maintains laboratory supplies and prepares reagents.
  • Prepares detailed reports on laboratory test results and examinations performed; forms conclusions based on test results.
  • Consults with and/or provides training to detectives, outside agencies and prosecutors to provide scientific information relevant to the investigation and analysis of evidence.
  • Testifies in court as an expert witness; explains laboratory procedures; presents and defends laboratory findings; refutes or corroborates other expert testimony; assembles diagrams, charts, photographs and various other materials to support conclusions reached in laboratory testing.
  • Adheres to assigned work schedule as outlined in the Department and City attendance policies and procedures; ensures all behaviors comply with the City’s Personnel Rules and Regulations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
FIREARM & TOOLMARK EXAMINER III
  • Performs all essential duties and responsibilities of a Firearm & Toolmark Examiner II.
  • Performs additional Unit responsibilities such as maintaining inventory, ordering supplies, calibrations, and outsourcing.
  • Leads and successfully completes more complex special projects assigned and approved by the Unit Supervisor and Forensic Science Division Manager, prior to promotion to a Firearm & Toolmark Examiner III. Assigned projects will benefit the Unit, Lab, or Department.
  • Adheres to assigned work schedule as outlined in the Department and City attendance policies and procedures; ensures all behaviors comply with the City’s Personnel Rules and Regulations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

Education
  • The City of Fort Worth is recruiting for a Firearm & Toolmark Examiner who has a Bachelor’s or advanced degree in a biology, chemistry, or forensic science related area and has completed the required training to become a qualified Firearm & Toolmark Examiner.
Required Experience:
  • Firearm & Toolmark Examiner I - Must also meet additional specific requirements of the Texas Forensic Science Commission and basic training as a Firearm & Toolmark Examiner.
  • Firearm & Toolmark Examiner II - Must also meet additional specific requirements of the Texas Forensic Science Commission and at least three (3) years of relevant independent discipline-specific casework experience as a qualified Firearm & Toolmark Examiner I (or equivalent).
  • Firearm & Toolmark Examiner III - Must also meet additional specific requirements of the Texas Forensic Science Commission and at least five (5) years of more complex independent discipline-specific casework experience as a qualified Firearm & Toolmark Examiner II (or equivalent).

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

Final candidates selected for hire in the Police Department will be subject to a fingerprint/criminal history background check and polygraph examination. Applicants must not have used marijuana during the previous two (2) years, nor illegally used any controlled substances within the last ten (10) years.
  • Valid Texas Driver’s License.
  • Provide a buccal DNA sample after date of hire.
  • Ability to comply with all Texas Forensic Science Commission requirements.
  • Must obtain a Texas Forensic Analyst License issued by the Texas Forensic Science Commission within six (6) months from hire date.
Preference may be given to applicants who possess the following qualifications:
  • Higher levels of education and experience as they relate to this position;
  • At least four (4) years of experience for a Firearm & Toolmark Examiner II and at least eight (8) years of experience for a Firearm & Toolmark Examiner III
  • Currently employed as a Firearm & Toolmark Examiner;
  • Expert command of the English language, both oral and written;
  • Experience writing professional/technical reports for various audience types;
  • Intermediate or advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (PowerPoint, Word, Excel).
WORKING CONDITIONS - The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Depending on assignment, positions in this class typically require touching, talking, hearing, seeing, grasping, standing, walking and repetitive motions.
  • Works with hazardous materials and chemicals.
  • May be exposed to hazardous and/or dangerous work environments.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS - The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Light Work – Depending on assignment, positions in this class typically exert up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly having to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for the Sedentary Work category and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated Light Work.

Do you have the Education Required? See available on-line and campus-based degree programs now!

How to apply: Apply online

Posted: February 10, 2020

Search for Jobs


NOTE: The crime-scene-investigator.net is not responsible for typographical errors or omissions in employment notices on this web site. Often, employers change final filing dates, change duties and/or requirements, or close employment openings without notice. If you are interested in a job posted on this site be sure to contact the employer to see if changes in the filing date or job announcement have been made. Employers can also provide more information about open positions that does not appear in the announcements on these pages.