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Forensic Specialist I

Santa Ana Police Department, Santa Ana, California

Salary: $72,600.00 - $88,260.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: March 13, 2021

Under general supervision, performs a variety of highly responsible and difficult technical forensic investigation and photographic work, both in the laboratory and in the field.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


Essential Functions Include But Are Not Limited To
  • As a crime scene investigator, identifies, diagrams, photographs, collects, and preserves evidence from crime scenes.
  • May act as primary scene investigator and often liaison with other law enforcement agency crime scene personnel.
  • Evaluates and collects possible biological evidence and DNA from crime scenes and evidence.
  • Collects saliva samples from criminal suspects and victims. Lifts, preserves, and compares prints taken from crime scenes and assists in the upload and printing of photographs and their preparation as exhibits for courtroom use.
  • Photographs and obtains the fingerprints of criminal suspects and victims.
  • Operates the Automated Biometric Identification System terminal.
  • Prepares detailed written reports and performs related functions as required.
  • Uses chemicals to develop or enhance blood or fingerprint evidence.
  • Provides expert testimony in court of law.
  • Maintains specialized forensic equipment and stays abreast of current and relative forensic technologies, procedures, and policies.
  • May produce analytical reports.
  • Performs other functions as assigned.
  • Successful performers are thorough, methodical problem solvers. They are very precise and conscientious in gathering pertinent information at crime scenes to aid in the solution of crimes through conviction of criminals and exoneration of the innocent. These individuals are extremely attentive to detail and observant of rules and procedures. They are articulate, professional and are good verbal and written communicators. They provide general and/or detailed forensic instruction to both peers and officers. They are eager to learn and enjoy teamwork. They effectively drive and work in the community without close supervision. They willingly work day, swing or night shifts, weekends, and all holidays in inclement weather.


  • Education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school, supplemented by courses in natural science, forensic science, criminalistics, or related coursework; and one year of experience in crime scene investigation, identification techniques, fingerprinting or photography; or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
  • Bachelor degree in natural science or related field, as well as bilingual fluency in English and Spanish, is highly desirable but not required.
  • Knowledge of: forensic investigation procedures, including: evidence collection techniques; identification, comparison and preservation of physical evidence; the operation of laboratory and photographic equipment related to identification and investigative techniques; and rules of evidence;
  • Ability to: collect, preserve, and interpret trace evidence; maintain detailed records; effectively provide testimony in a court of law; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; prepare clear, precise, and accurate analytical reports; and follow oral and written instructions.
Special Requirements:
  • Must possess and retain a valid California Class C Driver's License as a condition of employment.
  • Must be willing and able to work rotating shifts, including nights, holidays, and weekends.
  • Must be willing and able to work outside in varying weather conditions.

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Posted: February 20, 2021

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