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Criminalist II

Weld County Sheriff's Office, Greeley, Colorado

Salary: $73,232.01 - $87,445.57 Annually

Final Filing Date: October 25, 2020

The Weld County Sheriff’s Office in Greeley, CO is searching for a Senior Level Latent Print Examiner, Criminalist II.

The Criminalist II is a civilian employee of the Weld County Sheriff’s Office who functions as a senior level scientist with experience, technical knowledge and technical skills related to latent print processing/comparisons. Incumbents interpret analytical results, prepare written reports of expert opinions, and testify as experts in courts of law. Casework may include complex analysis utilizing applied research, standard operating procedures or method modifications. Where a single definite conclusion is not possible, incumbents determine if a weighted conclusion can be drawn. Casework may require the reconstruction of an event or series of events based on the interpretation of physical evidence.

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  • Document and protects evidence according to laboratory procedures, ensuring chain of custody is maintained.
  • In an assigned forensic science discipline, examine and analyze evidence in complex case requests where interpretations could lead to less definitive weighted conclusion, selecting appropriate methods, techniques, and instruments.
  • Prepare detailed investigation and laboratory reports; assemble and organize statements, evidence and exhibits for presentation in court and before grand jury; and attend court and grand jury proceedings and present evidence and provide testimony effectively based on expert opinion of findings.
  • Provide peer review and participate in proficiency testing to maintain expertise.
  • Utilize computerized data entry equipment and various word processing, spreadsheet and/or file maintenance programs to enter, store and/or retrieve information as requested or otherwise necessary and summarize data in preparation of standardized reports. May utilize a specialized computer database for evidence comparisons.
  • Train law enforcement personnel and community groups in proper techniques and procedures of recognition, collection and preservation of physical evidence and general Criminalistics. Prepare and conduct classroom and field instruction and demonstrations.
  • Assist the District Attorney's office in preparation of specialized diagrams or other displays for use in trials resulting from activities at major crime scenes or during analysis of casework.
  • Review professional journals and current bulletins and maintain knowledge of trends and developments in forensic investigation methods and techniques.
  • Assist with the annual budget proposals in coordination with the Laboratory Director, including analyzing past and future expenditures to determine needs.
  • Assist in maintaining maintenance of instrumentation and equipment within section. Maintain a clean, professional workspace, and help prioritize caseload.
  • Ensure quality of all lab work and maintain records of all actions.
  • Skilled in the recognition, collection, preservation and analysis of latent print/ friction ridge processing and identification.
  • Proficiency in the use of software, chemical reagents, common methods and techniques for the discipline.
  • May be tasked to document, collect and preserve evidence at crime scenes.
  • May perform scientific research.
  • Attends seminars, conferences, workshops, classes, lectures, etc., to enhance and maintain knowledge of trends and developments in the field of criminal investigations, law enforcement administration and forensic investigation methods and techniques.
  • Discipline specific certifications are required.
  • Serves on committees as required.
  • Performs other related work as required.
  • May be assigned to supervise lower-level staff in setting up workload schedules or "rush" case assignments.


  • Bachelor's degree in Criminalistics, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Molecular Biology, Physics, Forensic Science, or Computer Science OR a field related to the work assignment.
  • Examples of related fields, including but not limited to, are pharmacology, medical technology, genetics, analytical chemistry, clinical chemistry, nuclear chemistry, or toxicology. A copy of your college or university transcripts must be provided at the time of application.
Required experience:
  • Four years of technical experience in Latent Print processing and comparisons in a forensic science laboratory.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
  • Certified by IAI as a Latent Print Examiner

Other Necessary Requirements

Mathematical Skills:
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.
Reasoning Ability:
  • Ability to define problems and collect data. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in written, spoken (including video) or diagram form.
Work Environment and Physical Requirements:
  • The work environment is primarily indoors, but occasionally outdoors.
  • The physical demands described 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.
  • The duties of this job regularly require sitting, standing, and walking, as well as reaching with arms and hands, and using hands to grip, handle or feel objects, tools or controls. Occasional kneeling, crouching, crawling, stooping, climbing, and balancing may be required. The employee must be capable of occasionally lifting or moving objects of up to 30 bs.
  • Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. Specific auditory abilities required include the ability to hear and speak.
Material, Equipment, Machines Directly Used
  • Multi-line telephone system with voice mail, e-mail, computer keyboard and personal computer; printer, scanner, photocopier, NCIC/CCIC terminal, and specialized equipment specific to the assigned discipline.

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Posted: October 7, 2020

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