Criminalist Job Description Sample
Criminalist - Latent Prints
Job Responsibilities Benefits Supplemental QuestionsAdditional General Responsibility: To serve as a Criminalist, Class III law enforcement officer, in SLED's Forensic Services - Latent Prints department; To provide SC expertise in fingerprint examination and AFIS operation and to perform tasks associated with being a Class III sworn law enforcement officer in the State of South Carolina.
Specific Duties: Under limited supervision and in accordance with agency, laboratory, and department protocols and procedures: Conduct inquiries of the AFIS Latent Input Workstation of fingerprint impressions and verify cases produced from the SLED Central Records Repository current work searches of the unsolved latent file Process evidence for latent prints, conduct fingerprint examinations, issue reports, and provide expert testimony in judicial proceedings.
Achieve competency and maintain proficiency in processing evidence for fingerprints, conducting AFIS searches, and conducting fingerprint examinations. Provide specialized training in processing evidence for fingerprints and fingerprint examination. Demonstrate the ability to work independently and as a team member.
Maintain assigned equipment in good, working condition. Maintain a neat and orderly workspace. Successfully complete additional assignments and/or duties as assigned by the department supervisor.
Maintain law enforcement certification and perform tasks associated with being a sworn law enforcement officer in the State of South Carolina and a Special Agent with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. Minimum and Additional
Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with science courses. Must successfully complete a prescribed training course at the SC Criminal Justice Academy and obtain certification as a Class III law enforcement officer.
Must successfully complete relevant portions of the Latent Print Department training program. Must be able to demonstrate effective use of computers in order to complete and maintain case records. Must be able to successfully demonstrate the ability to effectively speak in a public setting, such as a judicial proceeding.
Must be able to obtain competency and maintain proficiency in the appropriate categories of testing. Position requires on-call status and may be called after hours on a limited basis to work rush cases. May also require some overnight travel.
Must be able to lift article/item of evidence up to 25 pounds. Additional Comments:All applicants must complete the on-line State application to include all current and previous work history and education. A resume will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application nor will it be used to determine if an applicant has met the qualifications for the position.
Supplemental questions are considered part of the official application. Any misrepresentation of yourself will disqualify you from the position. A copy of the Division's EEOP Utilization Report is available upon request. SDL2017
Crime Lab Forensic Analyst-Dna
General Duties This position reports to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and works primarily at The Unified Metropolitan Forensic Crime Lab. The Unified Metropolitan Forensic Crime Lab (UMFCL) provides forensic laboratory and field services to law enforcement agencies within Aurora, Arapahoe and Douglas Counties in Colorado.
The UMFCL is an entity designed to support all investigative functions of the agencies it serves. Responsible for all technical issues regarding the forensic biology section providing comprehensive forensic biology service to the law enforcement agencies within these Counties and others, as necessary.
Performs mandatory technical review of cases and provides scientific consultation as necessary.
Performs biology/DNA analysis on case work to include interpretation of test results, forming opinions and conclusions, preparing reports and testifying as an expert witness. Must have 3 years prior DNA analysis experience working in a forensic lab Must be able to work in a 24 hour on-call environment Example of Duties and Responsibilities Examine and evaluate numerous types of evidence for the presence of biological materials (blood, semen, saliva) from submitted evidence items. Utilize various microscopic, presumptive and confirmatory tests.
Properly maintain and document chain of custody. Isolate, purify and quantify DNA from items of evidence using appropriate techniques. Develop genetic profiles using the current accepted methodology.
Generate and compare the resultant profiles by use of computer software. Determine the statistical significance of a DNA match. Maintain competent analytical skills, experience and expertise in Biology/DNA analysis; regularly demonstrate proficiency in this area.
Determine the best method or methods to perform analysis. Interpret test results obtained from the proper microscopic, chemical and instrumental methods and prepares detailed reports of analysis. Operate, calibrate, troubleshoot, and perform preventative maintenance on state-of-the-art laboratory and analytical instruments and equipment.
Assist with laboratory maintenance, audits and certifications. Testifies as an expert in court in relation to scientific principles and examination results. Provides scientific assistance to attorneys and regulatory agencies.
May train law enforcement personnel and crime scene technicians. Complete annual proficiency testing in chosen discipline. Preparation of written and oral reports.
Additional Duties and
Teaching/training in specific specialty areas. Additional duties as assigned.
Note: The successful applicant must be able to perform ALL the above job functions, unassisted, and at a pace and level of performance consistent with actual job requirements. Education/Experience/Minimum Requirements Must be eligible to work in the United States. Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree in a natural science, criminalistics or a closely related field.
If performing DNA analysis, the applicant shall meet the education requirements of the Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories and Quality Assurance Standards for Convicted Offender DNA Databasing Laboratories. Minimum of three years professional criminalist and forensic analysis experience, conducting independent case work in a forensic laboratory required, excluding training. Knowledge of the operation, and maintenance of complex laboratory instruments.
Thorough knowledge of scientific principles, standard laboratory procedures, analytical methods, and standard reagents. Knowledge of criminal laboratory procedures. Possess a valid Colorado driver's license at time of employment, or ability to obtain a Colorado driver's license within 90 days of hire.
Ability to pass various qualifying examinations and background investigation. Have no convictions for felonies or crimes of moral turpitude. Essential Job Functions Computer
Ability to utilize and understand a variety of computer systems and software applications. Mathematical Ability: Ability to perform and interpret statistical calculations and complex mathematical principles and procedures.
Office Policies and Procedures: Demonstrates considerable knowledge of the ethical guidelines applicable to the position as outlined by professional organizations and/or federal, state, and local laws, rules and regulations. Legal
Demonstrates a working knowledge of criminal and procedural law with an emphasis on the rules of evidence. Ability to testify in court. Ability to read and interpret court documents.
Ability to recognize, identify, document, and collect physical evidence pertinent to an identified scene and/or criminal investigation. Mental Abilities:
Ability to reason and apply logic in a multi-tasking environment. Comprehends and processes new information quickly and accurately. Retains relevant information.
Ability to exercise independent judgment in emergency and routine situations and to adopt quick, effective, and reasonable course of action. Physical
Must possess sufficient strength to lift, move, and push large items up to 50 pounds.
Must be able to walk, stoop, kneel, reach and move about any given area for lengthy periods of time. Must possess visual and fine/gross motor skills for the use of laboratory equipment, processing requirements, and collection techniques. Safety: Applies appropriate safety precautions in hazardous and potentially dangerous situations.
Experience some exposure to inclement weather at scenes. Potential exposure to hazardous materials, chemicals, narcotics, and blood borne pathogens; safeguards provided. Shift Preparation:
Possess and maintain ability to work and function effectively in a twenty-four hour on-call environment, to include rotating shifts. Social
Establish and maintain effective relationships with peers, supervisors and the public.
Ability to interact with diverse groups and cultures in a complex society. Vehicle Operation: Performs vehicle inspections.
Operates vehicles during routine operations under varying road, weather and lighting conditions. Verbal
Speaks English clearly.
Ability to communicate professionally with law enforcement officers, attorneys and peers. Written Communication and Data Entry: Prepares reports, memos, forms, data entry, etc.
This includes the documentation of own observations and actions. Writes legibly using acceptable English, grammar, punctuation and spelling. Assures accuracy of information.
Note: The successful applicant must be able to perform ALL the above job functions, unassisted, and at a pace and level of performance consistent with actual job requirements. Consequence of Error: Work involves a multitude of responsibilities, which include, but are not limited to: storage and custody of evidence, court presentations and testimony, computer entry and data storage.
The consequence of error may result in the dismissal of criminal cases, loss of personal and crime lab credibility, expose department to civil liability and sanctions placed upon the Sheriff's Office. Other: In the event of an emergency/disaster in or near the County, all County employees are expected to make every effort to be available to assist the County Manager, Elected/Appointed Officials and Department Directors to ensure the continued operation of any and all necessary County functions. This may mean being available to perform additional duties and hours beyond what is normally required.
In the event that an exempt employee does work more than 40 hours a week in support of County operations during an emergency, such employee may receive overtime or other appropriate wage compensation in accordance with existing County policies or at the discretion of the County. SDL2017
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