Employment Opportunity

Forensic Examiner I or II

Rapid City Police Department, Rapid City, South Dakota

Salary: $25.96 - $27.28 Hourly

Final Filing Date: July 4, 2022

The Forensic Examiner is responsible for the collection and forensic analysis of crime scene evidence on location and in a laboratory. This role supports local and regional law enforcement investigation activities.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Level I
  • Responds to and documents major crime scenes through photography, detailed notes, drawings, and diagrams. Documents the location of and collects evidence following accepted forensic science principles. This includes packaging and submitting evidence to a secure storage facility.
  • Processes both deceased and living individuals for the collection of trace evidence. This includes deceased individuals at crime scenes and autopsies, and suspected rape, assault, and homicide suspects.
  • In a laboratory setting, uses standard scientific methodology to perform specialized forensic examination of evidence for the collection of additional trace evidence, to include latent prints, biological fluids (DNA), hairs, fibers, etc.
  • Documents all findings and observations from crime scenes and laboratory work in written reports in accordance with established protocols.
  • Testifies in court proceedings as an expert witness.
  • Operates and maintains technical scientific equipment.
  • Assists with evidence property related functions such as inventory or property disposal.
  • Assists the internal and external customers and responds to their needs.
Level II
  • Completes all essential duties listed under Level I.
  • Operates local and regional latent print databases for the purposes of fingerprint identifications.
  • Provides training in evidence collection, preservation and processing at the scene and in a laboratory setting.
  • Speaks to public organizations on evidence or forensic related topics.
  • Performs technical/administrative reviews of casework.
  • Performs administrative work to include monthly statistics, accreditation reports and other reports as necessary.
  • Assists in training Level I Examiners to competency.

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  • Our ideal candidate will have the ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations and write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals; will effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public. This person will be able to effectively communicate with internal staff, including co-workers, as well as cross-functional teams such as Sheriff’s Office and state agencies and can effectively communicate test results and observations in a court of law.
We understand your time is valuable and encourage you to apply if you meet the following minimum qualifications:
  • Level I: Bachelor’s degree in a forensic science or science related field from an accredited university or college, or a combination of education and experience deemed acceptable by the hiring authority.
  • Level II: Bachelor’s degree in a forensic science or science related field from an accredited university or college and four (4) years experience in a crime laboratory or forensics services laboratory, along with successfully demonstrated proficiency as a level I.

  • Both levels require a valid driver's license.

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Posted: June 9, 2022

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