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Forensic Scientist (Impression Evidence/Latent Print)

Henderson Police Department, Henderson, Nevada

Salary: Depends on Qualifications

Final Filing Date: Open-continuous recruitment

This recruitment is an open-continuous recruitment, and shall remain open until such time as a sufficient pool of highly qualified applicants has been developed. Once a sufficient pool of applicants has been developed, this recruitment shall close without notice.

The City of Henderson announces an examination to create an eligibility list and to fill one (1) vacancy for the classification of Forensic Scientist (Impression Evidence/Latent Print) with the Henderson Police Department. The eligibility list may be utilized to fill vacancies for this classification for up to one (1) year.

SPECIAL NOTE:
  • Starting salary will be commensurate with the education, experience, and skill level of the selected candidate and taking into account all internal considerations.
  • Candidates considering the Forensic Scientist position may be qualified for the Forensic Scientist I, or Forensic Scientist II position. The position offered to the successful candidate will be based on the individual's education, experience, and skill level.

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Duties:

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
  • Operates specialized software on equipment and multiple computer platforms, and conducts analysis of physical evidence; implements evidence control; documents and maintains chain of custody and preserves the integrity of evidence examined.
  • Properly documents analytical results and supports conclusions; interprets and analyzes test results; completes comprehensive reports; collects statistical data and maintains case files.
  • Conducts research, evaluates, recommends and updates existing procedures and participates in the development and validation of new methods and/or instrumentation.
  • Operates, calibrates, troubleshoots and performs minor repairs and preventive maintenance on laboratory equipment and analytical instruments.
  • Reviews data and reports of other scientists using technical and/or administrative review protocols.
  • Prepares evidence for presentation in court; prepares court exhibits; provides interpretation of examinations conducted; provide expert testimony in court.
Latent Print Examination discipline:
  • Determines evidentiary value of submitted and developed prints; conducts friction ridge impression examinations and comparisons, draws conclusions using scientific methodology including ACE-V; utilizes specialized photographic and digital imaging techniques to assist in the analysis and comparison of latent, patent, and plastic prints to known/exemplar prints.
  • Screens physical evidence for presence of, and preserves, biological or trace evidence during handling and processing.

Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications for Forensic Scientist I:
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a natural or applied science.
  • Three (3) years of full-time professional work experience related to a particular laboratory discipline, as a forensic scientist or equivalent, in a forensic laboratory conducting scientific laboratory analyses.
  • Must possess the Certified Latent Print Examiner through the International Association for Identification (IAI) prior to the end of the third year of employment or promotion to this position. Other certification organizations recognized by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Commission on Forensic Science may also be considered.
  • Must pass a nationwide fingerprint-based record check, and a wants/warrants check.
  • Must complete Security Awareness and National Crime Information Center (NCIC)/Nevada Criminal Justice Information System (NCJIS) certification within six months of hire/transfer and be recertified every two years. Must maintain certifications in NCIC/NCJIS as a condition of continued employment.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Nevada or "border state" driver's license, as defined by NRS 483.
Minimum Qualifications for Forensic Scientist II:
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with science courses.
  • Six (6) years of full-time professional work experience related to the particular laboratory discipline, as a forensic scientist or equivalent, in a forensic laboratory conducting scientific laboratory analyses.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Nevada or “border state” driver’s license, as defined by NRS 483.
  • Must pass a nationwide fingerprint-based record check, and a wants/warrants check.
  • Must complete Security Awareness and National Crime Information Center (NCIC)/Nevada Criminal Justice Information System (NCJIS) certification within six months of hire/transfer and be recertified every two years. Must maintain certifications in NCIC/NCJIS as a condition of continued employment.
  • Must possess the Latent Print Examiner certification or Footwear Examiner certification through the International Association for Identification (IAI) prior to the end of the third year of employment or promotion to this position. Current certification is highly desired. If not currently proficient in both latent prints and footwear disciplines, applicant must be willing to cross-train towards competency and certification.
  • Desirable: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a natural or physical science or a forensic science-related field.

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Posted: May 12, 2021

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