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Forensic Specialist I/II

Whittier Police Department, Whittier, California

Salary: $4,966.00 - $7,003.00 Monthly


Under general supervision, performs complex technical crime scene investigation work involving the identification, collection, processing, and preservation of crime scene evidence; performs other related duties as required.

Police Forensic Specialist I
The Police Forensic Specialist I is the entry-level class in the police forensic specialist series that allows the incumbent to develop journey level knowledge and abilities. Initially, under immediate supervision, incumbents perform the more routine and less complex assignments within an established procedural framework, where there are minimal consequences of error, including a wide variety of evidence collection, photography, and fingerprint detection and collection. Incumbents are expected to perform the full scope of assigned duties. This classification is distinguished from the next higher level classification of Police Forensic Specialist II by the performance of work requiring a lesser degree of knowledge in technical crime scene investigation work.

Police Forensic Specialist II
The Police Forensic Specialist II is the journey level class in which incumbents are expected to independently perform the full scope of assigned police forensic duties. Incumbents are responsible for performing the full range of journey level police forensic work. The work requires independence and discretion in investigating crime scenes. This class is distinguished from the next higher classification of Senior Police Forensic Specialist in that the latter has the responsibility for coordinating the City's police forensic services, providing lead supervision and performing the more complex and sensitive duties.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


Examples of Duties (For a complete listing of the essential functions performed by this position, review the class specification.)
  • Performs complex technical crime scene investigation work involving the identification, collection, processing, and preservation of crime scene evidence.
  • Locates, identifies, collects, preserves, and analyzes evidence discovered at a crime scene or traffic accident, such as blood, semen, hair samples, gunshot residue, and other trace evidence; records, analyzes, and preserves crime scene evidence; develops, lifts, and compares latent fingerprints and prepares and enters latent prints into CAL-ID Computer System. The Forensic Specialist will be required to testify in court as an expert in latent fingerprint comparisons.
  • Operates technical and complex forensic equipment, photography equipment, video enhancement software and equipment, video equipment, laser/ALS equipment, and other equipment used in forensics; photographs and diagrams crime scenes, including traffic accidents, property damage, accident victims, shoe prints, autopsies, stolen property, and possible arson sites; photographs prisoners; prepares evidence for courtroom presentation and will testify in court.
  • Searches criminal and court files; prepares detailed reports; maintains print and crime scene files.
  • Books and processes evidence for later court presentation.
  • Establishes positive working relationships with representatives of community organizations, State/local agencies, City management and staff, and the public.
  • May provide training to sworn police personnel on collection and preservation of evidence.
  • May apply for and administer State and Federal grants for laboratory and equipment upgrades; allocates moneys; satisfies reporting requirements.
  • May be exposed to confidential and privileged information during the course of duties, which should be maintained as such.
Physical, Mental and Environmental Working Conditions:
  • Position requires sitting, standing, walking on level and slippery surfaces, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, stooping, squatting, crouching, grasping and making repetitive hand movement in the performance of daily duties. The position also requires both near and far vision when making inspections, reading written reports and work related documents. Acute hearing is required when providing phone and personal service. The need to lift, carry, and push tools, equipment, and supplies weighing 25 pounds or more is also required. Additionally, the incumbent in this outdoor position works in all weather conditions, including wet, hot, and cold. Incumbents may frequently deal with irate members of the public. The nature of the work also requires the incumbent to work with chemicals, enter confined space, search disaster areas, climb roofs, drive motorized vehicles, work in heavy vehicle traffic conditions and often work with constant interruptions.

Typical Qualifications (The following are minimal qualifications necessary for entry into the classification.)

Education and/or Experience: Any combination of education and experience that has provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for a Police Forensic Specialist I/II. A typical way of obtaining the required qualifications is to possess the equivalent of:
  • Police Forensic Specialist I: An associate's degree in forensic or police science, or a related field, and some field service work, preferably for a Police Department, involving responsible public contact work.
  • Police Forensic Specialist II: In addition to the above, two years of experience in crime scene investigations equivalent to that of a Police Forensic Specialist I with the City of Whittier.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Class C California driver's license.
Knowledge of:
  • Modern principles, practices, methods, and specialized equipment used in crime scene investigations; procedures and techniques of evidence collection and processing, including maintenance of chain of evidence; firearm operations and ballistics; law enforcement procedures and administrative techniques; rules of evidence and court procedures; basic principles of mathematics; applicable Federal, State, and local laws, codes, ordinances, and regulations; standard office procedures, practices, and equipment, including a computer and applicable software; methods and techniques for record keeping and report preparation and writing; proper English, spelling, and grammar; and occupational hazards and standard safety practices.
Ability to:
  • Collect, process, analyze, identify, and preserve crime scene evidence in accordance with established procedures; operate advanced computer systems and imagining software; operate specialized forensic and photographic equipment; prepare, maintain, file, and index a variety of evidence reports and other written materials; deal tactfully and effectively with victims and/or citizens in emotional and stressful situations; handle dangerous substances and firearms in a safe manner; present accurate and detailed information related to evidence in court cases; keep up with constantly changing laws, codes, regulations, procedures, and equipment; learn more complex principles, practices, techniques, operations, and procedures pertaining to assigned duties; work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends; perform mathematical calculations quickly and accurately; implement, explain, and apply applicable laws, codes, and regulations; read, interpret, and record data accurately; organize, prioritize, and follow up on work assignments; work independently and as part of a team; make sound decisions within established guidelines; analyze a complex issue, and develop and implement an appropriate response; follow written and oral directions; observe safety principles and work in a safe manner; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; and establish and maintain effective working relationships.
Skill to:
  • Operate an office computer and a variety of word processing and software applications.

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Posted: October 12, 2021

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