Employment Opportunity

Digital Forensics Analyst

Oceanside Police Department, Oceanside, California

Salary: $66,996.00 - $89,772.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: July 24, 2020

The City of Oceanside is currently accepting applications for current and future vacancies for the position of Digital Forensics Analyst. This position will be assigned to the Oceanside Police Department and must pass a thorough police background investigation.

Under general supervision, a Digital Forensics Analyst performs highly specialized physical evidence examinations related to computer and digital forensics, video and surveillance system analysis, note taking, report writing and courtroom testimony; and conducts digital forensic activities to uncover digital data, examine the information and preserve the information for evidence and performs other related duties as assigned.

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  • The Digital Forensics Analyst advises the unit supervisor in planning, coordinating and directing digital forensic activities.
  • Inventories, examines and performs complex technical analyses of computer related evidence such as digital media, including hard drives, cell phones, optical disks, memory cards, and other electronic data storage media.
  • Locate, examine and collect digital evidence that may exist on external “cloud” servers.
  • Prepares written findings, displays or graphic representations for court presentation; testifies and interprets findings established by laboratory analyses, and may serve as a qualified expert witness.
  • Conducts research into new methods and procedures of scientific criminal investigation; maintains awareness of new development in the field of digital forensics; and incorporates new developments as appropriate within policy guidelines.
  • Works with other law enforcement agencies to coordinate findings or to seek alternative digital forensic methods of analysis.
  • Participates in law enforcement working groups and or task force as directed.
  • Participates in meetings or other related groups.
  • Provide forensic research, application, advanced casework, methodology development, and training to local law enforcement agencies.
  • Processes crime scenes and/or clandestine laboratory scenes for video evidence, digital - physical evidence and reconstruct the events of the crime from the evidence.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:
  • The principles, methods, materials, equipment, and techniques of digital forensic criminalistics.
  • Crime scene procedures.
  • Current developments, literature and sources of information in the field of criminalistics.
  • Applicable state and federal statutes and case law pertaining to the seizure of digital evidence and the use of physical evidence in court.
  • The rules of criminal procedures concerning time limits, discovery, evidence, and expert witnesses.
  • Research methods and techniques.
  • Modern office equipment, software and hardware; applications for word processing, spreadsheets, and data bases.
Ability to:
  • Use specialized digital forensic laboratory equipment and software and in demonstrating procedures and examinations to others.
  • Understand and follow verbal and written instructions.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the performance of duties, the general public and outside agencies.
  • Maintain accurate records, prepare clear and concise reports, and communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Withstand intense examination in court as an expert on the laboratory analysis evidence.
  • Make accurate observations and records of test results.
Experience and Training
  • Experience: Three years of experience in digital/computer forensics within a law enforcement agency or private organization.
  • Training: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in digital forensics or computer science or a closely related field.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain a valid California Driver’s License.
  • Any one (1) of the following certificates is highly desirable:
    • EnCE – Encase Certified Examiner
    • ACE – AccessData Certified Examiner
    • CCPA – Cellebrite Certified Physical Analyst
Condition of Employment:
  • Possession of the EnCE (Encase Certified Examiner) certificate within one year of hired date.
Special Requirements:
  • May be required to work holidays, nights, weekends, a thorough police background investigation which may include a psychological and polygraph exam; medical examination which may include drug screening.

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Posted: June 26, 2020

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