Employment Opportunity


Firearms Examiner

Colorado Springs Police Department, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Salary: $5,383.00 - $6,462.00 Monthly

Final Filing Date: May 10, 2024

As a Firearms Examiner for CSPD's (Colorado Springs Police Department) Metro Crime Lab, you will perform firearm and tool mark examinations, prepare technical reports that support analytical findings, and present them in a court of law through expert witness testimony.

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Duties:

Essential Job Functions - the basic job duties an employee must be able to perform:
  • Perform mechanically functioning examinations of a wide variety of handguns, rifles, and shotguns
  • Identify and analyze firearms and related physical evidence, including bullets, cartridge cases, shotshells, wadding, and live ammunition
  • Test-fire firearms; submit bullets and cartridge cases to Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) or CSPD for National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) entry, and match confirmations
  • Compare test fire bullets and cartridge cases to specimens gathered at crime scenes
  • Determine if the standards and evidentiary materials came from the same firearm
  • Perform firearm proximity tests
  • Identify brand and model firearms
  • Prepare test tool marks and compare to evidence gathered at crime scenes
  • Prepare technical reports that support analytical findings
  • Prepare reports to present in court; serve as an expert witness
  • Provide training for law enforcement academies, officers, and attorneys in the firearms discipline
We are looking for candidates who demonstrate:
  • Knowledge of operations, services, and activities of a crime lab
  • Knowledge of legal procedures for the admission of evidence in criminal investigations
  • Knowledge of equipment, materials, and supplies used in a crime lab
  • Knowledge of pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions
  • Ability to stay abreast of current technologies and procedures
  • Ability to testify in court proceedings as an expert witness
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships

  • This position requires the ability to work independently and exceptional organizational skills.

Requirements:

Successful candidate will have
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in general chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, biology, microbiology, criminology, or other forensic related science field
  • Three years of full-time forensic laboratory experience to include experience specific to firearm and tool mark examinations, including experience as an expert witness
  • Possess and maintain a valid, non-probationary Colorado driver's license not subject to restriction related to alcohol and/or drug violations or pending charges
Ideal candidates will also have
  • Experience working in an ISO-17025 Accredited Laboratory
  • IBIS/NIBIN training and experience
  • The following AFTE (Association of Firearm and ToolMark Examiners) certifications:
    • (FA-AFTE) Certification in Firearms Evidence Examination and Identification;
    • (GSR-AFTE) Gunshot Residue Evidence Examination and Identification; and/or
    • (TM-AFTE) Toolmark Evidence Examination and Identification
Additional Information
  • This position requires the ability to respond to crime scene locations.
  • The job offer will be contingent upon successful completion of a polygraph examination, extensive background check, and other pre-employment assessments.

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Posted: April 27, 2021

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