Employment Opportunity

Forensic Specialist

Ontario Police Department, Ontario, California

Salary: $63,523.20 - $77,979.12 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

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The Ontario Police Department's Forensic Division is comprised of seven (7) Forensic Specialists, two (2) Senior Forensic Specialists, a Forensic Supervisor, and a Forensic Manager. The unit prides itself on providing employee opportunity, training, and special assignments.

The forensic professionals in the unit perform a wide range of complex and technical crime scene investigations. These investigations include documentation, preservation, and collection of physical evidence, thorough photography, latent print examinations and providing expert testimony and other related work as required.

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The functions typically performed by the Forensic Specialist include the following:
  • Conducts crime scene investigations; identifies, collects, and preserves physical evidence including fingerprints, firearm evidence, trace evidence, shoe/tire impression evidence and physiological fluids.
  • Documents crime scene investigations and major traffic collisions using conventional, digital and video photography, including aerial photography.
  • Develops, collects and/or preserves friction ridge evidence using powders, chemicals and alternate light source technology.
  • Scans, marks minutiae, and searches latent prints in the Automated Palm Fingerprint Identification System (APFIS).
  • Analyzes, compares, evaluates and verifies latent prints against rolled or scanned prints.
  • Conducts serial number restoration on firearms and other metal surfaces.
  • Processes evidence collected at the crime scene for other forms of physical, physiological, and trace evidence.
  • Performs presumptive chemical identification examinations on various types of biological evidence
  • Takes measurements of crimes scenes and completes sketches for court displays.
  • Interviews victims and witnesses and completes composite sketches.
  • Attends Post-Mortem examination of deceased persons and assists the pathologist in the documentation, recovery and preservation of medico-legal evidence.
  • Prepares detailed reports of investigations and/or forensic examinations conducted.
  • Presents findings of investigations or examinations conducted in a court of law as an expert witness.
  • Performs routine safety and maintenance checks of Forensic vehicles and equipment.
  • Maintains departmental photographic and forensic equipment and supplies.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


  • High school diploma or recognized equivalent.
  • One year of forensic experience including fingerprint analysis, evidence collection and processing, and crime scene photography and documentation or six months of experience as a Forensic Specialist Trainee with the City of Ontario.
  • Valid Class C California driver's license and an acceptable driving record at the time of appointment.
Special Requirements
  • Ability to work various shifts, weekends, and holidays. May be required to return to work during non-business hours in emergency situations.
  • College level coursework in Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, Physical/ Life Science or a closely related field.
  • Photography experience with digital cameras.

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Posted: May 9, 2023

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