Employment Opportunity

Forensic Specialist Supervisor

West Covina Police Department, West Covina, California

Salary: $95,940.00 - $116,628.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

Supervises and practices non-sworn crime investigation work to include field, office, and laboratory assignments at a variety of crime scenes. Responds to process active crime scenes and assists Detective Bureau investigations. Use chemical, microscopic, instrumental, and physical methods to analyze various items of evidence. Conducts fingerprint comparisons and identifications. Responsible for preparing written reports on findings and provides subsequent courtroom testimony. Conducts research regarding new technologies, equipment, and techniques to enhance the forensic identification unit.

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Examples of Duties - The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class.
  • Supervises Crime Scene Assistants
  • Supervises and participates in processing complex crime scenes requiring specialized techniques in detection, recognition, documentation, collection, interpretation, and preservation of physical evidence associated with crime scenes to include all types of friction skin evidence, trace evidence, and biological evidence.
  • Prepares employee performance evaluations.
  • Provides guidance to staff in resolving difficult technical problems.
  • Reviews and evaluates completed work assignments.
  • Oversees progress of assigned case work and status backlogs.
  • Investigate and make recommendations for disciplinary action, if necessary.
  • Develop and/or update Section policies & procedures.
  • Makes recommendations concerning the procurement of equipment.
  • Trains personnel in collection and preservation of evidence.
  • Communicates with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, and identification units.
  • Develops, collects, and preserves latent fingerprints by applying various powders, chemical processes and utilizing alternate light source technology.
  • Collects evidence involving but not limited to, fingerprinting, DNA, fingernail scrapings if deceased refer to Coroner’s Office), gunshot residue, and other evidence from witnesses, victims, and suspects in custody.
  • Supervises and documents crime scene investigations and traffic collision scenes by digital photography and diagraming software and equipment.
  • Takes aerial photographs and video tapes of crime scenes.
  • Diagrams and measures crime scenes.
  • Makes impressions of shoeprints, tire tracks and other objects at crime scenes.
  • Downloads digital images and produces digital photographs using applicable software.
  • Conducts comparative analysis of latent prints to inked or digitally captured prints, which includes preparing and entering latent fingerprints in the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).
  • Collects evidence required for sexual assault investigations (Not SART Exam Kits) including detailed photography.
  • Collects, transports, processes, and books evidence.
  • Maintains chain of custody, security, and control of evidence while it is in the possession of the Crime Lab.
  • Supervises the preparation and/or prepares court exhibits to depict crime scenes, including latent print comparison charts.
  • Presents results of forensic investigations in criminal cases by providing technically competent expert testimony on comparisons of friction skin evidence, photography, and evidence collection.
  • Approves and/or prepares detailed reports of investigations and/or forensic examinations.
  • Performs administrative and law enforcement support activities.
  • Assumes responsibility for ensuring the duties of the position are performed in a safe, efficient manner.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or as the situation requires.

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Education, Training, and Experience - Any combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential job duties of the position is qualifying. Incumbents will possess the most desirable combination of training, skills, and experience as demonstrated by their past and current employment.
  • Graduation from high school or attainment of GED. Associate of Arts Degree from an accredited college or Bachelor of Arts or Science Degree in police science, forensics or related field is desirable.
  • Four years of full-time, paid experience in crime scene investigation, including identification techniques, examining latent fingerprints, latent print comparison, fingerprinting and photography of crime scenes with a law enforcement or similar agency.
Licenses/ Certificates/ Special Requirements
  • A valid California Class C Driver’s License with a satisfactory driving record is required.
  • Successful completion of the state-mandated CLETS training program as required by the California State Department of Justice within six months of date of employment and ongoing maintenance of CLETS certification.
  • Certification as a Latent Print Examiner and/or Crime Scene Technician or Analyst is highly desirable.
Knowledge of:
  • LAFIS/IAFIS/AFIS computer systems and operations
  • Crime scene investigations procedures
  • Fingerprint identification procedures and classification systems
  • Photographic equipment
  • Photographic and video techniques
  • Principles and practices of collecting and preserving crime scene evidence.
  • Principles and practices of lifting and preserving latent fingerprints
  • Forensic science procedures, practices and laws regarding the collection, preservation, and integrity of physical and biological evidence
  • Protocols and procedures of courtroom testimony
  • Report writing
  • Basic leadership and supervisory principles
Ability to:
  • Supervise, train, and effectively communicate with others and establish smooth working relationships to resolve interpersonal conflicts
  • Download color digital images to the digital management system for output to storage media and printers
  • Effectively testify as an expert witness in court
  • Workday/afternoon/night/split shifts, weekends, overtime, holidays and on-call
  • Perform complex latent fingerprint recovery and print comparison work
  • Print photographs using various processing equipment
  • Take photographs using digital cameras
  • Create presentations based pm forensic findings
  • Procure and maintain forensic equipment
  • Develop training materials and coordinate such training for employees
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Physical demands include frequent standing, walking, bending, reaching, lifting, crawling, climbing ladders and inclines, and moving objects weighing up to 50 pounds. May be required to independently work crime scene investigations. Incumbents must be able to meet the physical requirements of the class and have the mobility, vision, hearing, and dexterity levels appropriate to the duties to be performed.
Work Environment
  • Work is performed in a variety of locations to include on-site work at crime scenes, hospitals, and in the Police Department. Work is performed in indoor and outdoor environments. When work is performed outdoors, there is a full exposure to the elements. The incumbent may be exposed to related health hazards to include blood and other bodily fluids/products, infectious diseases, human borne parasites, air, water, and blood borne pathogens. The incumbent may have contact with complete and/or partial human corpses in various stages of decomposition. Other health hazards may include odors, toxic chemicals, and hazardous substances. Occasionally, work is performed within confined areas or high altitudes, including photography from helicopters.
Supplemental Information
  • On Call

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Posted: March 14, 2022

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