Employment Opportunity

Police Digital Media Forensics Supervisor

Plano Police Department, Plano, Texas

Salary: Not stated

Final Filing Date: October 20, 2022

The Digital Media Forensic Supervisor oversee all activities of the Digital Media Forensic Specialist (DMFS) section of the Crime Scene Investigation Unit. Ensures the proper collection, analysis and storage of digital data to be used by detectives for crime resolution and the District Attorney for prosecution

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EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS - Management reserves the rights to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.
  • Responds to crime scenes and supervises digital media collection.
  • Supervises on-call response to crime scenes and technical emergencies.
  • Supervises, schedules, reviews, and evaluates the work activities of assigned staff; approves timesheets and payroll; coordinates with police supervisors to ensure all priorities met and the quality of work is consistent.
  • Examines and evaluates digital media evidence and communicates with detectives regarding significance.
  • Reviews and approves digital media collection reports.
  • Supervises and carries out digital media training.
  • Pursues continuing education to keep digital media section current with technological advances in field.
  • Meets with other supervisors and manager of CSI Unit to coordinate responsibilities.
  • Available on an on-call basis to assist at crime scenes or with emergency technical issues related to digital media.
  • Examines and evaluates evidence to determine techniques and procedures to be employed in the development of usable images that both answer the question being asked of the data and preserve the integrity of the original.
  • Assists with the analysis and clarification of digital media (video, audio, and photographic) for use by investigators or others.
  • Assists with training of Police Department personnel in the use of new hardware and/or software applications related to digital media.
  • Coordinates with Police Department administrative and command staff to conduct research and analyze work flows, media, and presentation needs within the Police Department to ensure the most appropriate and effective application of available technology tools.
  • Testifies as an expert witness in criminal or civil court or other public hearings to the forensic work performed and to verify the integrity of evidentiary data collected or the protocols followed for collection.
  • Pursues additional digital media avenues to assist the PD.
  • Participates in professional organizations.
  • Assists Police Department personnel with the procurement and implementation of new equipment and/or software applications related to the collection, storage, organization, security, and dissemination of digital media. This may include: in-car video recorders, interview room audio/visual recording systems, body worn cameras, digital audio recorders, or other devices.
  • Ensures forensic software licenses are maintained and renewed as needed.
  • Participate in a professional organization to discuss and further the field of Digital Forensics.
  • Regular and consistent attendance for the assigned work schedule is essential.
Marginal Duties:
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Typical Decisions:
  • The incumbent must exercise technically accurate judgment in the selection, implementation, and evaluation of digital media and related technologies regarding law enforcement and public safety applications. The incumbent must use discretionary judgment in performing work. The incumbent must adhere to all guidelines related to the preservation of evidence and chain of custody while conducting any forensic examinations


Knowledge of:
  • Various digital media technologies, including audiovisual equipment and any software used to record events, convert file formats, clarify images or audio, and publish data to physical media. Preferred candidate would have a knowledge of public safety organizational procedures, an understanding of Microsoft server software and Active Directory, and a general knowledge of hardware and software used in audiovisual presentation needs.
Skill in:
  • Communicating effectively both verbally and in writing; supervising the work of personnel; organizing and maintaining records, providing effective customer service and managing conflict; working without direct supervision and adapting to changing priorities. Accurately determining technology requirements and identifying and applying appropriate digital media technology and/or equipment to address needs. Resolving technology related issues in stressful situations; operating a variety of standard office and specialized forensic equipment and software.
  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, digital media forensics, criminal justice, or related.
  • Minimum 3 years in a digital forensic specialty in a law enforcement environment.
  • Any work-related experience resulting in acceptable proficiency levels in the above Minimum Qualifications is an acceptable substitute for the above specified education and experience requirements
Licenses and Certifications:
  • Texas Class C driver’s license (must obtain within 30 days of hire per state law).
  • Prefer Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association International, Inc. (LEVA) Certified Forensic Video Analyst Certification or International Association for Identification (IAI) Forensic Video Analyst certification.
Conditions of Employment:
  • Must pass a drug test, driver license check, criminal history background check, periodic CJIS background check (for positions requiring access into Police buildings) and social security number verification check.
Physical Demands and Working Conditions:
  • The incumbent must possess mobility to work in and travels to a variety of environments both indoors and outdoors. Must be able to use a variety of standard office equipment and specialized forensic equipment Position requires vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person, before groups, and over the telephone. This is classification works both in the field and in an office setting, and standing in work areas and walking between work areas and to collect evidence from a crime scene. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate standard office and specialized forensic equipment. Positions in this classification regularly bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push, and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve, collect, and file evidence and other materials. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 60 pounds.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills which may be required. The position also requires meeting the essential requirements of the Physical Demands and Working Conditions, with or without reasonable accommodation

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Posted: September 21, 2022

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