Under direction, to plan and direct the
activities of forensic services unit(s); to prepare and maintain the program
and budget for assigned forensic program(s); act as liaison with other county
criminal justice agencies as administrator of the local CAL-ID/AFIS (California
Identification Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems and Automated
Fingerprint Identification System) and other laboratory information systems.
This class is assigned to manage all forensic
services units; directly, or through subordinate staff, performs the most
varied and complex forensic analysis, which requires
significant technical expertise; researches and develops new methods,
lead oversight, technical guidance and training of laboratory staff on a
regular and recurring basis. This class has
responsibility for the direction and activities of all personnel within each
assigned forensic services unit and ensures the efficiency and quality of case
work output, reports, training and staff performance.
- Directs and manages the operation and activities of
personnel, programs and facilities within the assigned forensic services unit(s)
- Performs and provides technical training and direction
in assigned forensic areas, which may include: crime scene investigation;
forensic laboratory analysis; CAL-ID/AFIS processing and procedures;
latent prints identification and classification; forensic and crime scene
photography and videography; digital photo and video imaging and enhancement;
biological evidence handling and safety; toxicology; firearms/toolmarks;
forensic anthropology; digital evidence; and courtroom procedures and
preparation of courtroom exhibits
- Provides supervision, training and technical assistance
to subordinate personnel
- Establishes procedures for the operation of the
forensic services unit(s)
- Develops and implements appropriate laboratory and
crime scene safety precautions and monitors the laboratory staff
compliance with state and federal standards
- Provides operational and statistical reports to state
agencies and local boards or agencies, such as state CAL-ID, local R.A.N.
(Random Access Network) board, and any user agencies; establishes procedures
for associated operations
- Assists and advises the local R.A.N. Board and the
Sheriff on matters of policy, budget and quality assurance
- Develops systems with user agencies for the exchange
- Assists and advises the Sheriff on personnel,
budgetary and policy matters in the assigned forensic services unit(s)or program(s)
- Prepares and maintains assigned budget(s); monitors
and controls expenses, training, materials and equipment
- Coordinates the recruitment, hiring, processing and
orientation of new personnel
- Oversees maintenance of laboratory equipment and
- Researches and proposes the feasibility of new
equipment and services, and develops and oversees techniques to be
utilized in the forensic laboratory and crime scenes for discovery,
collection and preservation of physical evidence
- Monitors, arranges and provides forensic services to
outside law enforcement agencies, maintains professional relationships
with all contracting agencies, keeps detailed records and submits
appropriate billing base on approved charges and fees
- Meets and negotiates with outside agency
representatives and/or vendors to customize forensic services and support
- Drafts supplies and equipment bids and contracts for
forensic services unit(s); reviews bids and participates in bidder/vendor
- Conduct research and/or validate new methods and procedures of scientific criminal investigation
- Work under physical and mental pressure and in potentially hazardous situations and environments
- Understand, interpret and explain regulations and policies governing the gathering and preserving of evidence
- Present evidence clearly and accurately in court when called on as an expert witness
- Work under physical and mental pressure and in potentially hazardous situations and environments
- Conduct crime scene investigations and collect evidence in the field
Thorough knowledge of:
- Practices, methodologies and techniques used to manage, train and
perform forensic services, such as: crime scene analysis and processing;
forensic laboratory analysis; CAL-ID/AFIS processing and procedures; latent
print identification and classification; forensic and crime scene videography;
forensic toxicology; and digital photo and video imaging and enhancement.
- Methods of identification, collection, interpretation,
preservation and handling of evidence.
- Modern methods of classifying, indexing, filing and
preserving identification records and evidence, including principles and
techniques utilized in the classification of fingerprints under the Henry
System and NCIC.
Working knowledge of:
- Principles and practices of supervision/management in
the public sector.
- Forensic laboratory safety standards.
- Standards for preparation of case notes and automated
report writing in a law enforcement environment.
- Current professional standards and guidelines for the
relevant forensic disciplines, including: friction ridge comparison and
identification techniques; method and theory used in forensic anthropology;
principles, methods and databases used in automated firearm candidate
- Automated computerized fingerprint systems such as
California Identification Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems
(CAL ID), Automated Latent Print System (ALPS), the Santa Cruz County
Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) and the Remote Access
- Principles and practices of public budgeting,
accounting and finance.
- Laws of evidence, criminal procedure and court room
procedure. Recent developments, literature and sources of information
relative to the assigned forensic function(s).
- Laws, rules, regulations, procedures and court
requirements affecting assigned duties.
Some knowledge of:
- County and Sheriff’s Office procedures and guidelines.
- Automated and manual record keeping and billing
- Collect and analyze data, draw logical conclusions and
make appropriate recommendations.
- Establish and monitor procedures to provide forensic
services to other law enforcement agencies and maintain cooperative and
- Plan, organize and coordinate departmental programs.
- Supervise, train and evaluate the work of others.
- Define, analyze, evaluate and solve administrative
- Develop policies, procedures and training material.
- Write logical and concise reports and prepare and
maintain clear, accurate and concise notes and records.
- Testify as a court expert on fingerprint analysis and
other areas of expertise.
- Interpret, apply, explain and comply with laws,
regulations and professional practices governing law enforcement services
- Research regulations, procedures and/or technical
- Maintain confidentiality of information.
- Compare fingerprints and make latent fingerprint
- Operate laboratory, photographic, and computer
- Establish and maintain good working relationships with
departmental personnel, representatives of other law enforcement agencies
and others contacted in the course of work.
- Communicate effectively before groups.
- Work in a safe and prudent manner.
- Adhere to Sheriff’s Office code of ethics.
certification through the International Association for Identification (IAI) as
a crime scene investigator, crime scene analyst, crime scene reconstructionist
or senior crime scene analyst is highly desirable.
Education and Experience
Any combination of training and experience
that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A
typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Graduation from an accredited college or
university with a Bachelor’s Degree in
chemical, physical, biological or forensic science, criminalistics,
physical anthropology, computer science, or in a
closely related field AND four years of progressively responsible
experience as an identification/forensic specialist in a public jurisdiction or
private forensic firm OR Possession of a master’s degree from an
accredited university in chemical, physical, biological or forensic science,
and two years of increasingly responsible experience as an
identification/forensic specialist in a public jurisdiction or private forensic
certification through the professional association or accrediting agency
associated with at least one (1) forensic discipline, such as: Certified
Computer Examiner (CCE), Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE), EnCase
Certified Examiner (EnCE) certification , Latent Print Examiner certification, Association
of Firearms and Toolmarks Examiners (AFTE), criteria for a Forensic Alcohol
Analyst as specified under Title 17, California Code of Regulations by the California
Department of Health Services, American Board of Toxicology, Association of
Firearms and Toolmarks Examiners, American Board of Forensic Anthropology,
Digital Forensics Computer Board, International Society of Forensic Computer
Examiners and International Society of Computer Investigation Specialists
Licenses / Certificates:
- Mentally and physically capable of performing the classification’s
essential functions as summarized in the typical tasks section of this job
specification with or without reasonable accommodations.
- Physical Ability: Tasks require the ability to exert up to
100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force
frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects; typically
involving some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling,
crouching and crawling; and may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing
and/or pulling of objects and materials.
- Sensory Requirements: Requires the ability to recognize and
identify similarities and differences between shade, degree or value of
colors, shapes, sounds, forms, textures or physical appearance associated
with job-related objects, materials, tasks or people.
- Environmental Factors: Exposure to variable temperatures,
confined work spaces and heights; strong unpleasant odors, infectious
bio-hazardous materials such as blood, urine and semen which might cause
chronic disease or death; dust, pollens, chemical irritants; toxic
substances; individuals who may be hostile and abusive; evidence that may
be disturbing such as homicide evidence.
- Hours: May be required to work flexible hours, shifts,
weekends and holidays and be subject to holdover and callback duty; and to
provide a telephone number or means by which employee can be reached.
- License Requirement: Possession and maintenance of valid
Class C California driver license issued by the California State
Department of Motor Vehicles by the time of appointment.
- Background Investigation: Ability
to pass a full background investigation.
Bargaining Unit: 11
EEOC Job Category: 02
Occupational Grouping: 62
Worker's Comp Code: 0285