Employment Opportunity


Forensic Specialist Trainee/I/II/III

Abilene Police Department, Abilene, Texas

Salary: $18.42 - $32.15 Hourly

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

PAY RATE Depending On Experience + Qualifications

Under general supervision, makes fingerprint evaluations and comparisons, processes evidence, processes crime scenes, prepares reports, assists in training police personnel, testifies as an expert witness, and performs other activities in support of the Police Department. Forensic Specialist Trainee and I exercise no supervision. However, Forensic Specialist II and III may exercise limited technical and functional supervision over sworn and non-sworn personnel.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more

Duties:

Examples of Duties
  • Processes crime scenes by taking photographs, video recording scenes, prepare scene sketches, dusting for fingerprints, collecting, preserving and logging physical evidence, packaging and inventorying evidence, and preparing detailed reports.
  • Analyzes and evaluates latent fingerprints; conducts fingerprint comparisons.
  • Utilizes the Leica scanner to scan crime scenes.
  • Operates Cyclone 360 to produce a deliverable file of the mapped crime scene.
  • Mixes and uses chemicals to process evidence; use alternate light sources to locate latent prints, serological, biological fluids and trace evidence.
  • Operates the AFIX Tracker database and the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) to develop candidate lists for comparisons to latent prints.
  • Review all lab reports.
  • Reconstructs major crime scenes using advanced forensic techniques such as blood spatter interpretation, gunshot trajectory etc.
  • Testifies in court as expert witness regarding crime scene processing and fingerprint comparisons.
  • Provides training classes for police personnel, police academies, and public safety demonstrations.
  • Responds to crime scenes and emergency situations during regular work hours, evenings and weekends.
  • Ensures the lab and equipment is clean and functional.
  • Ensures evidence is processed and lab requests are completed in a timely manner.
  • Completes daily activity sheets.
  • Ensures all divisions in the police department have an adequate supply of crime scene processing materials.
  • Travel to attend trainings, meetings, and conferences.
  • Researches scientific articles regarding the Forensic Discipline.
  • Successfully complete required forensic training program and obtain required certifications.
  • Maintains laboratory supplies for the Forensic Unit.
OTHER JOB RELATED DUTIES
  • Perform other job related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Requirements:

Knowledge of:
  • Principles of lead supervision and training.
  • Organization and functions of a municipal law enforcement agency.
  • General law enforcement codes, practices and methods.
  • Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes and regulations.
  • English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Office procedures, methods and computer equipment.
  • Basic principles of chemistry, physics, and biology.
  • Principles of report preparation.
  • Basic principles of budget preparation.
Skill to:
  • Operate office equipment including computer equipment.
  • Operate a variety of tools and equipment including alternate light source, camera, super glue chamber, fingerprint magnifier, fingerprint processing equipment, fume hood, and automated fingerprint identification system.
  • Operate hand tools or power tools to perform job functions.
Ability to:
  • Work independently or with a team.
  • Work courteously with the general public.
  • Prepare accurate and grammatically correct reports.
  • Work varied shifts, including weekends, as required.
  • Work in unpleasant crime and accident scenes and under pressure.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Organize and manage time efficiently.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work, both internally and externally.
  • Follow and embrace the City of Abilene Core Values – Respect, Integrity, Service Above Self, and Excellence in All We Do.
Experience and Training Guidelines:
  • Any combination equivalent to experience and training to provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be qualifying. Knowledge, skills, and abilities may be obtained through:
Forensic Specialist Trainee, I, II and III
  • Education/Training: Graduation from an accredited university with a Bachelor’s Degree in forensic science or related field is required.
  • License or Certificate: A valid Texas driver's license; the ability to obtain one within ninety (90) days of employment, or a military waiver is required.
Forensic Specialist Trainee
  • Experience: Previous work experience in the criminal justice field or in a laboratory setting is preferred but not required.
Forensic Specialist I
  • Experience: Two (2) years of work experience in the criminal justice field or in a laboratory setting is required.
  • Completion of six months’ work experience equivalent to the City of Abilene Forensic Specialist Trainee is required.
  • Education/Training: Satisfactory completion of the Basic Latent Print Coursework, which meets International Association for Identification (IAI) standards.
Forensic Specialist II
  • Experience: Satisfactory completion of two (2) years of work experience in a position equivalent to the Forensic Specialist I in the criminal justice field or in a related laboratory setting is required.
  • Education/Training: Satisfactory completion of the Intermediate and Advanced Latent Print Coursework, which meets International Association for Identification (IAI) standards is required.
Forensic Specialist III
  • Experience: Satisfactory completion of a minimum of two (2) years of work experience in a position equivalent to the Forensic Specialist I/II in the criminal justice field or in a laboratory setting is required.
  • Education/Training: Satisfactory completion of coursework and apprenticeship required by International Association for Identification (IAI) for Latent Print Examiner Certification is required.
  • Combination of experience and training must be sufficient to meet the IAI certification requirements for Latent Print Examiner is required.
  • License or Certificate: Forensic Specialist III requires the possession of the IAI Latent Print Examiner Certification or the IAI Crime Scene Certification is required.
Special Requirements:
  • Essential duties require the following physical skills and work environment:
  • With or without accommodation, ability to lift up to 25 pounds.
  • Ability to sit, stand, walk, kneel, crouch, stoop, squat, crawl, twist and climb.
  • Exposure to cold, heat, outdoors, varying terrains, confining work space, and chemicals.
  • Ability to visually compare minute details without fatigue during day and night time lighting.

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Posted: July 15, 2021


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