Employment Opportunity

Firearms Examiner

Colorado Springs Police Department, Colorado Springs, Colorado

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

Final Filing Date: June 17, 2021

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.

This is a grant-funded position with funding through September 2022 and the possibility of an extension.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


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.


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.
  • Applicants that have used marijuana or CBD products within 18 months from the date of their application submission will not be eligible for hire. More information about the Colorado Springs Police Department’s Marijuana Use Policy can be found at https://coloradosprings.gov/police-department/page/marijuana-use
  • Primary Work Environment - Laboratory environment with some travel from site to site and possible exposure to extreme weather conditions
  • Extreme Temperature - Seasonally
  • Wetness and Humidity - Seasonally
  • Respiratory Hazards - Daily (laboratory environment)
  • Noise and Vibrations - Daily (laboratory environment)
  • Physical Hazards - Daily
  • Mechanical and/or Electrical Hazards - Occasionally
  • Exposure to Communicable Diseases - Occasionally

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Posted: June 5, 2021

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