Employment Opportunity

Firearms Examiner

Santa Ana Police Department, Santa Ana, California

Salary: $97,836.00 - $118,932.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis until a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received.

Under direction, performs specialized work in the area of firearm and ballistic evidence testing.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


Essential Functions Include But Are Not Limited To
  • Performs sophisticated collection, analysis and evaluation of firearm and toolmark related evidence utilizing standardized and industry accepted techniques to classify, compare and identify a variety of firearms, cartridges, cartridge cases, bullets, toolmarks and similarly related evidence. Conducts complete scientific tests of firearms evidence utilizing chemical and microscopic techniques and instrumentation which may include comparison microscopes, forensic photography, and computer networks linked to federal, state and local databases; documents findings; prepares technical written reports of laboratory examinations and communicates directly with law enforcement, attorneys, and various agencies regarding results found; prepares evidence in order to provide expert court testimony as to findings; maintains records and files, stores evidence, keeps abreast of scientific advancements in forensic fields by attending conferences, reading technical journals, seminars, and training sessions.
  • Examinations include firearms identification, firearms operability, bullet comparisons, casing comparisons, serial number restoration, powder pattern examinations, target to muzzle determinations, and other related firearms examinations and crime scene reconstruction. Performs other related functions as required.
  • Successful performers possess the ability to convey highly complex and/or scientific material using language comprehensible to the average person. They are very precise and conscientious in their processes and methodologies. They correctly apply industry standard protocol and quality management. They work independently and with a minimal amount of supervision. They are highly analytical, detail-oriented,, energetic, and are willing to work nights, weekends, and holidays. They thrive in a team environment and coordinate well with others.

 Earn a Degree in Crime Scene Investigation, Forensic Science, Computer Forensics or Forensic Psychology


Minimum Qualifications
  • Three years of casework experience in a laboratory performing duties of a Firearm and Toolmark examiner. Membership in (or qualified to be accepted as a member within six months of appointment) of the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE).
  • Possession of a valid driver's license.
Special Requirement:
  • Must be court qualified as an expert in the field of firearms and ballistic evidence testing.
Knowledge of:
  • The principles, theories, practices and established methodology associated with firearms examinations; the evidentiary value of a large variety of physical evidence; chemical methods, investigative procedures for collecting, preserving and packaging evidence; laws on admissibility of scientific evidence.
Ability to:
  • Produce clear, precise and accurate analytical reports and effectively provide expert testimony in a court of law; explain the makeup and use of relative chemical reagents and process items using these reagents; calibrate, use and maintain various laboratory instrumentation, such as, stereo comparative microscopy, electronic etching procedures, and microscopes such as stereo comparison microscope and binocular stereo zoom microscope; provide expert testimony in a court of law; operate and manage the on-site national ballistic database.

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Posted: January 5, 2024

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