Salt Lake City

  • FORENSIC SCIENTIST II (May underfill)

    Requisition ID
    2018-3364
    Department
    POLICE
    Minimum Salary
    USD $22.39/Hr.
    Maximum Salary
    USD $39.80/Hr.
    Post End Date
    5/10/2018
    Location
    US-UT-Salt Lake City
  • Overview

    We are looking for a Latent Fingerprint Examiner to analyze, compare and evaluate fingerprints, footprints and palm prints.  This position may be underfilled as a Forensic Scientist I depending on credentials and experience.  The entry pay rate for a Forensic Scientist I is $22.39 per hour.  The average pay rate for a Forensic Scientist II is $29.00 per hour.  The maximum pay rate for a Forensic Scientist II is $39.80 per hour.  Pay rates are determined based on credentials, experience, and departmental approval.

     

    Candidates must attach the following documents to their online application:

     

    • Professional Resume or Curriculum Vitae
    • Copy of Educational Degree
    • Documentation identifying outside training and training hours
    • Documentation of completed training in respective forensic discipline

    The below identifies the general description of a Forensic Scientist:

     

    Working under the general supervision of a Crime Lab Supervisor, incumbent conducts the full range of forensic examinations and scientific analysis of crime scene evidence, including various materials and substances, to include: drugs body tissues and fluids, including saliva, blood, hair, oil/perspiration residues; latent fingerprints; questioned documents; firearms and toolmarks, etc. Performs quality control and quality assurance practices. Prepares reagents and equipment for examinations. Testifies in court as an expert witness regarding analytical results, methodology, interpretation of results and establishment of reliability of each scientific field. Majority of the incumbents time will be spent working in the laboratory on assigned SLCPD cases; however, may occasionally be required to respond to crime scenes for processing and evidence collection.

     

    Incumbents working under this classification typically provide functional or technical supervision of Forensic Scientist I’s.

    Responsibilities

    The duties listed below identify how the selected Forensic Scientist will spend the majority of their work time in this classification:

     

    • Performs examinations of developed latent prints and inked prints and evaluates their quality for entry into the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).
    • Prepares latent prints for database entry utilizing digital imaging enhancement techniques.
    • Performs comparisons of latent prints with candidate prints in order to exclude or identify individuals.
    • Utilizes a case management system to properly document case notes and results, and prepares reports to effectively communicate conclusions.
    • Performs administrative and technical reviews, as well as verifications of other examiner’s casework.
    • Testifies as an expert witness in court regarding examinations and reports issued for examinations.
    • Records inked impressions from living and deceased individuals.
    • Provides instruction in the proper procedures for the development, documentation and collection of latent impressions, as well as procedures for recording inked impressions.

     

    Additional duties are as follows:

     

    • May respond to crime scenes, as necessary, for the collection and preservation of crime scene evidence.
    • Reviews requests for examinations and determines the most appropriate areas for analysis. Meets with investigators, attorneys and others to explain examination protocols and possible results.
    • Conducts scientific analysis of evidence; prepares reports of findings; and, enters data into various computer software used by the laboratory and police department. Testifies in court as an expert witness on the analysis of evidence and conclusions reached.
    • Prepares specimens for standard laboratory analysis by preparing media, solutions, and reagents according to specifications and laboratory testing requirements. Stains slides, smears, and prepares equipment used in testing including glassware and miscellaneous apparatuses. Learns laboratory protocols and quality assurance practices.
    • Provides training and consultation to law enforcement officers, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and other public officials regarding: crime scene investigations; collecting, transporting, and preserving evidence integrity; and, chain of custody.
    • Responsible for the calibration, troubleshooting and maintenance of laboratory equipment and instruments according to manufacturer’s instructions and written laboratory procedures, and determining the need for and the purchase of laboratory equipment. This may include writing specifications and determination of bidders.
    • Maintains knowledge of current technologies and scientific advancements in the analysis of criminal evidence, and participates in proficiency testing through the analysis of blind audit samples.
    • Assists in the development, implementation, and/or revision of standard operating procedures and quality assurance policies while following guidelines that are generally accepted by the scientific community.
    • Attends advanced courses/seminars related to crime scene investigation and forensic technology.
    • Processes and handles outside agency cases, as assigned by the Crime Lab/Evidence Unit (CLEU) Director or Forensic Scientist Supervisor.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Forensic Science, Chemistry, Biology, Criminalistics or a closely related field plus proficiency in latent fingerprint examinations along with two to four years of independent case work with the Salt Lake City Crime Laboratory or other similar forensic laboratory. In addition, completion of at least 120 hours of approved outside training related to one of the forensic disciplines recognized by the International Association for Identification (IAI), the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), or other recognized professional forensic organization. Experience and education may be substituted on a year for year basis.
    • Experience in operating fingerprint databases to include AFIS/ABIS and NGI.
    • Experience in using various chemical reagents used to develop and enhance latent fingerprints found on a variety of substrates to include developing latent prints on physical evidence, and obtaining prints from bodies.
    • Experience in latent print photography, including technical experience with filters, light sources, and Adobe Photoshop.
    • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
    • Ability to read and interpret data from scientific instruments or equipment.
    • Knowledge of principles, theories and practices of used in biology; theories, and practices of chemistry such as composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations; uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, etc.; modern laboratory techniques and safety practices.
    • Ability to establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with Department management, supervisors, police officers, and other employees; professional peers, court representatives, other public safety agencies, and the general public.
    • Ability to successfully pass all appropriate examinations as required by the Salt Lake City Civil Service Commission Rules and Regulations and examinations required by the Utah Department of Public Safety..
    • Successful completion of a drug screen if incumbent has not completed it as a Salt Lake City Crime Scene Technician.
    • Possession of a valid state driver’s license or Utah driving privilege card (or the ability to obtain one within 30 days of employment).

    DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: 

    • Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Forensic Science, Chemistry, Biology, Criminalistics or a closely related field.
    • Experience using the Mideo Systems Latent Works software and conducting on-screen comparisons of latent prints to known exemplars.

    • IAI Latent Print Certification.

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