Employment Opportunity

Firearms and Toolmark Examiner

Austin Police Department, Austin, Texas

Salary: $27.88 – $36.25 per hour

Final Filing Date: May 29, 2020

This position will report to the Firearms and Toolmarks Supervisor. The position will use broad and comprehensive knowledge and standardized principles, practices, and procedures to examine, analyze, classify, and identify all firearms for the Austin Police Department personnel to determine usage in a particular crime. The position will participate in the NIBIN program. Duties will include responding to crime scenes and Officer Involved Shootings. The position will testify in court, and assist officers in evidence collection. Areas of analysis are serial number restoration, gun shot residue, toolmark analysis, and firearms analysis.

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  • Responds to and coordinates shooting incidents with the lead detective and/or crime scene supervisor, utilizing disciplines related to the collection and documentation of firearm evidence.
  • Documents according to established standard operating procedures, collects, prepares, packages, preserves, and processes evidence for examination and analysis.
  • Performs comparative analysis of legally-seized firearms, ammunition components, and/or weapons.
  • Documents the unique characteristics of firearms during a forensic examination, to include thorough inspection, temporarily repairing/restoring firearms.
  • Restores serial numbers using various processes, including acid etching, magnetic, and electrochemical methods.
  • Performs comparative analysis of gunshot residue and distance determinations.
  • Documents all firearm and toolmark examinations performed and results obtained.
  • Educates police personnel in firearm identification.


Education and/or Equivalent Experience:
  • Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in chemical science, physical science, biological science, forensic science, or engineering science.
Licenses or Certifications:
  • Valid Texas Class C Driver License.
  • Texas Forensic Science Commission Forensic Analyst License (per 37 Tex. Admin. code Chapter 651 to add Subchapter C), plus completion of all required Commission-defined coursework for the discipline. All coursework must be completed and License must be obtained within twelve (12) months of hire.
Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.
  • Knowledge of City practice, policy, procedure, statutes, ordinances, and criminal law.
  • Knowledge of the Integrated Ballistics Identification System.
  • Knowledge of the theory and application of firearms identification.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Skill in using computers and related software applications.
  • Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.
  • Skill in handling conflict and uncertain situations.
  • Skill in data analysis and problem solving.
  • Ability to work with frequent interruptions and changes in priorities.
  • Ability to train others.
  • Ability to quickly recognize and analyze irregular events.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective communication and working relationships with City employees and the public.

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Posted: May 21, 2020

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