Employment Opportunity

Forensic Identification Specialist I

Los Angeles County Sheriff, Los Angeles County, California

Salary: $75,672.00 - $96,588.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: The filing period may be suspended at any time without prior notice.

Under close supervision, makes fingerprint comparisons, processes crime scenes for evidence, utilizes automated systems to compare latent fingerprints, prepares reports, and engages in other activities related to forensic identification.

Positions allocated to this class work under close supervision of a Forensic Identification Specialist II, Supervising Forensic Identification Specialist, or a higher-level supervisor. Positions in this class learn both field and laboratory analysis including processing crime scenes by recognizing, searching, collecting, and preserving physical evidence; developing latent fingerprints by using conventional techniques; utilizing automated systems for comparing latent fingerprints; and qualifying as an expert witness in court.

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Essential Job Functions
  • Takes fingerprints and palm prints using printer's ink or computerized optical digital technology
  • Develops, collects, and preserves latent fingerprints from typical surfaces using conventional techniques, chemical processing, and alternate light source technologies
  • Compares latent prints to inked or digitally captured prints
  • Prepares, enters, and compares latent fingerprints in an automated fingerprint identification system
  • Participates in crime scene investigations to recognize, search for, collect, and preserve physical evidence
  • Documents crime scenes through note-taking, diagramming, photographing, and video recording
  • Preserves impressions of shoe prints, tire tracks, and other objects at crime scenes through casting and photography
  • Prepares detailed reports of crime scene investigations, other activities, and comparison results
  • Accesses crime scenes in a variety of environments including remote areas requiring mountaineering and other entrance and egress techniques in order to document and collect evidence
  • Testifies as an expert witness in court
  • Serves on-call and responds to crime scene locations within LA County jurisdiction within short notice (typically departing within 20 minutes of notice) to process crime scenes during a 24-hour operation, including nights and holidays

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  • Graduation from an accredited college with an Associate of Arts or Science degree* in criminalistics, police science or a related field** with completion of a minimum of eight semester units or 12 quarter units of photography, crime scene investigation, fingerprinting, or criminalistics.
  • Two years of experience at the level of Los Angeles County's class of a Forensic Technician II***, Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems Technician II****, Criminalistics Laboratory Technician*****, Photographer I******, or work experience detecting, lifting, and retrieving latent prints from crime scenes, or providing direct assistance to forensic identification specialists or other law enforcement investigation professionals conducting field investigations.
  • A valid California Class C Driver License is required to perform job-related essential functions. Candidates offered these positions would be required to show proof of a driver license prior to appointment.
  • Out-of-state applicants must have a valid license from the state in which they reside at the time of filing. Out-of-state applicants will be required to obtain a California class C driver License prior to appointment.
  • LICENSE INFORMATION: Successful applicants for this position will be required to obtain a copy of his / her driving record from the California State Department of Motor Vehicles before being appointed. A copy of your driving record must be presented at the time of your appointment. License must not be suspended, restricted, or revoked. AN APPLICANT WHOSE DRIVING RECORD SHOWS THREE (3) OR MORE MOVING VIOLATIONS WITHIN THE LAST YEAR WILL NOT BE APPOINTED.
  • Physical Class III - Moderate: This class requires the incumbent stand or walk most of the time with bending, stooping, squatting, twisting, reaching, working on irregular surfaces, occasional lifting of objects weighing over 25 pounds, and frequent lifting of 10-25 pounds.
    *In order to receive credit for the required degree, you MUST include a legible copy of official transcripts from the accredited institution with your online application at the time of filing, or within fifteen (15) calendar days from the date of application filing. Failure to provide the required documentation will result in application rejection.
    **Closely related fields include but are not limited to: Administration of Justice, Criminal Justice, Anthropology, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Engineering, Fire Technology, Forensic Science, Geology, Genetics and Cell Biology, Health Science, Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, Photography, Physics, Physiology, and Psychology.
    ***Experience at the level of Los Angeles County's class of Forensic Technician II refers to photographing decedents and specimens and assisting the pathologist in performing difficult autopsies using a variety of techniques to preserve medico-legal evidence; preparing bodies of deceased persons for autopsy examination and final deposition; receiving, identifying and releasing bodies and doing other forensic technician work as required.
    ****Experience at the level of Los Angeles County's class of Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems Technician II refers to performing the full range of technical activities relating to fingerprinting and fingerprint classification work.
    *****Experience at the level of Los Angeles County's class of Criminalistics Laboratory Technician refers to performing standard chemical procedures to analyze specimens of evidentiary material.
    ******Experience at the level of Photographer I refers to performing general photographic work.

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Posted: December 28, 2022

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