Employment Opportunity

Firearms and Tool Mark Examiner II

Baltimore County Police Department, Towson, Maryland

Salary: $62,555.00 - $78,717.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

Under general supervision, conducts forensic examinations and analyses of firearms, ammunition, and related physical evidence pertaining to law enforcement investigations. Serves as a court qualified expert witness in the field of firearms and tool mark examination. Participates in conducting laboratory quality assurance and audit preparations.

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Examples of Duties
  • Examines, identifies, and analyzes firearms and related physical evidence including bullets, cartridge cases, shot shells, wadding, and live ammunition. Identifies fired bullets, cartridge cases and other ammunition components as having been fired from a specific firearm.
  • Accesses databases to search for, retrieve, and analyze information. Formulates and presents conclusions based on test results. Prepares detailed and technical written reports of examination results. Reviews books, journals, periodicals and notes relative to the duties of the position. Stays abreast of current development in firearms and tool mark examinations by attending related training courses, seminars, and conferences. Prepares yearly audit of weapons reference collection.
  • Prepares evidence for presentation in court proceedings and testifies in court as an expert witness regarding examination results. Performs various techniques in the preservation, receipt, custody, and examination of evidence. Maintains quality control of same.
  • Performs complex physical and chemical examinations and analysis of evidence.
  • Delivers extensive instruction-led training to groups of employees. Assists in the establishment of goals and objectives for the section. Reviews requests for services and coordinates workload and cases as necessary. Assesses, prioritizes and assigns cases to maximize service. Assists in the development of processes and procedures to improve quality and workflow of services. Acts as department liaison with other state and federal agencies in matters relating to firearms and tool mark examinations as necessary.
  • Researches and prepares budget requests. Assures that American Society of Crime Lab Directors (ASCLD) and Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) standards are met and department policies are followed. Administers the quality assurance plan for the section.
  • Leads and instructs other employees.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Required Qualifications
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree
  • plus
  • at least four years' experience in the forensic examination and analysis of firearms, ammunition, and related physical evidence. (Experience in the field of firearms, the processing or examination of forensic evidence, or the laboratory testing of materials, may be substituted on a year-for-year basis up to a maximum of four years for the required education.)
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (Entry Level)
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of firearms and tool mark examination. Thorough knowledge of firearms and ammunition. Knowledge of the principles and practices of forensic science. Knowledge of forensic laboratory operations. Knowledge of the principles and practices of law enforcement. Knowledge of the Integrated Ballistics Identification System.
  • Skill in examining, identifying, and analyzing firearms, ammunition, their components and related materials. Skill in handling, loading, and firing firearms. Skill in identifying fired bullets, cartridges cases, and other ammunition components as having been fired from a specific weapon. Skill in collecting, processing, labeling, and storing evidence. Skill in preparing and presenting reports. Skill in maintaining records. Skill in data analysis and problem solving. Skill in communicating effectively.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (Full Performance)
  • Knowledge of County and Departmental rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Skill in coordinating the work of others to complete assigned projects.
Character Requirements
  • All applicants must be of good moral character and emotionally stable, as determined by a comprehensive background investigation, polygraph examination and drug test.
Licenses and Certificates
  • Certification by the Association of Firearms and Toolmark Examiners (AFTE) in Firearms Evidence Examination and Identification required at the time of appointment.

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Posted: September 20, 2021

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