Employment Opportunity

Forensic Investigator

Garland Police Department, Garland, Texas

Target Hiring Range: $22.20r - $28.79 per hour

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

Responsible for conducting timely, organized and complete forensic investigations. Duties include documenting, obtaining, analyzing, and presenting evidence against those who have committed crimes in the City.

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Essential Job Functions
  • Investigate crime scenes by means of collecting, documenting, analyzing, and presenting evidence.
  • Analyze, process, and document crime scenes by use of various techniques including photography, digital video, laser scanning, measurements and diagrams.
  • Prepare objective and thorough investigative reports.
  • Establish and maintain liaisons with police department personnel, laboratory technicians and court personnel to inform all parties of investigations and reports.
  • Provide testimony in court and present physical, documentary and photographic evidence collected.
  • Document and maintain files of latent prints recovered in investigations.

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Minimum Education & Work Experience
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with an associate’s degree in criminal justice, forensic sciences, or a closely related science
  • No experience required
  • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.

Preferred Knowledge - Abilities & Skills

Education/ Experience:
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in Forensic Science, Chemistry, Biology or closely related science
  • Experience and/or certification in the forensic science field (pay commensurate accordingly)
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Basic knowledge of photography, fingerprint development, proper evidence handling, and report writing preferred
  • Basic knowledge of investigative techniques, principles and practices used in crime scene analysis
  • Basic knowledge in performing blood spatter analysis, gunshot residue, chemical processing, and bullet trajectory analysis
  • Skilled in using math, biology, chemistry and related sciences as they relate to crime scene analysis
  • Skilled in basic writing principles and grammar
  • Ability to work independently, exercise good judgement and individual initiative in the performance of assigned duties
  • Ability to perform physical tasks under diverse working conditions
  • Ability to remain calm, even tempered, decisive, accurate, and emotionally unattached while working in a high stress environment
Licenses & Certifications
  • Valid Class C Texas driver's license
  • Texas Department of Safety (DPS) Texas Crime Information Center (TCIC) Less Than Full Access and the Texas Law Enforcement Telecommunication System (TLETS) certifications or the ability to obtain within 6 months of hire
  • Completion the Basic Fingerprint Comparison course or the ability to within 3 years of hire
Physical Tasks & Working Conditions
  • The incumbent works at high stress crime scenes, various indoor and outdoor environments, the forensic processing area and garage. Will be required to safely handle hazardous specimens and materials (infectious, corrosive, carcinogenic, explosive, etc.). Physical tasks will include standing, pushing/pulling, fine dexterity, climbing, walking, lifting/carrying, bending, reaching and kneeling.
  • Models Organizational Values
  • Customer Service/Interpersonal Skills/Communication/Problem Solving
  • Dependability/Adaptability/ Flexibility
  • Productivity/Quality/Technical Skills/Work Environment Safety
  • Teamwork/Managing Conflict/Negotiation Skills

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Posted: June 18, 2022

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