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Senior Forensic Specialist

at City of Beverly Hills

Posted: 12/27/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2584736

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Job Summary

**This recruitment will remain open until filled and may close at any time without prior notice.**

The City of Beverly Hills is seeking a qualified Senior Forensic Specialist, a position that will provide support services to the Beverly Hills Police Department. The incumbent in the position will perform supervision of the recognition, collection, preservation, storage and analysis of physical evidence recovered from crime scenes and accident locations; and provides technical and responsible staff assistance.

Who We Are
The City of Beverly Hills has a long-standing reputation for providing superior customer service to residents, businesses, and visitors. This characteristic, combined with outstanding staff in all departments, has been a hallmark of success for this high performance organization. The municipal government (approximately 1,080 full-time and part-time employees) provides the highest quality safety services, recreational, municipal services, and physical environment.

What We Do
The Beverly Hills Police Department is responsible for safeguarding the lives and property of City residents, businesses and visitors. The BHPD values its reputation as an agency that earns the public trust through efficient, impartial police service.

The Identification Bureau of the Beverly Hills Police Department is responsible for the documentation of crime scenes and collection of evidence, the linking of suspects to crimes with physical evidence, the processing and transporting of DNA evidence, and providing photographic services as required by the Department.

Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate should possess knowledge of: the law, policies and procedures applying to the collection and preservation of physical evidence, the analysis and identification procedures for latent fingerprint evidence, modern photographic techniques and equipment, various classification methods of fingerprints, and laboratory analysis techniques. Candidates should be skilled in the recognition, collection, preservation, transportation and analysis of physical evidence without contamination and will possess analysis, photographic, supervisory, and effective communication skills.

The positions requires exceptional customer service skills and candidates must be responsive and proactive when addressing the needs of the community. A strong commitment to public service and the ability to exercise considerable judgment and discretion are critical for the position coupled with the ability to maintain confidentiality and act with integrity. This position requires strong communication and interpersonal skills.
Position & Benefits
This position is represented by the City's Safety Support (SS) Association and is covered by the negotiated terms and conditions of that Association's Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The City provides a generous compensation and benefits package, including CalPERS 2.5% @ 55 for classic members; $2,150/month towards health insurance (with option of up to $475/month as taxable cash); a monthly contribution of $250 to an RHS account for retiree medical savings; generous vacation accruals with the option for annual cash-outs. Additional details may be found in the SS MOU, a copy of which is located at

Selection Process
All applicants must submit clear, concise and complete information regarding their qualifications for the position, including response to all supplemental questions. Resumes alone will not be accepted in lieu of the application or supplemental application materials.

The selection process may consist the following components:

  • Oral Interview / Technical Project

Major Duties

  • Plans, coordinates and directs the activities and operations of the Identification and Property Sections.
  • Trains, reviews and schedules the work of Identification and Property Section personnel.
  • Performs administrative work for the sections to include: prepares and administers budget; develops training programs; represents the Department at meetings; prepares reports and correspondence regarding the forensic sciences.
  • Conducts crime scene investigations in an effort to recognize, collect and preserve physical evidence such as fibers, fingerprints, firearm evidence, hairs, impression evidence - shoe, tire or tool, and physiological fluids.
  • Documents crime scene investigations and accident locations by conventional, digital and video photography and sketching.
  • Prepares photographic prints using hybrid digital image technology.
  • Processes evidence collected at the crime scene for other forms of physical, physiological and trace evidence.
  • Collects, develops and/or preserves latent fingerprints by conventional, chemical or laser/alternate light source technology.
  • Classifies fingerprints and maintains the Henry Fingerprint file.
  • Prepares, enters and retrieves latent fingerprints in the Automated Fingerprint Identification System.
  • Collects and documents impressions of shoe prints, tire tracks and other objects at crime scenes.
  • Conducts serial number restoration procedures on firearms.
  • Performs presumptive chemical identification examinations on various types of substances including blood and narcotics.
  • Prepares detailed reports of investigations and/or forensic examinations conducted.
  • Presents findings of investigations and/or forensic examinations conducted in a court of law as an expert witness.
  • Performs functions within the Property and Evidence Section as needed.
  • Instructs Department personnel on the proper methods of crime scene search and investigation; and the preservation and collection of physical evidence.
  • Documents court proceedings, physical line-ups and surveillance by conventional, digital and video photography.
  • Maintains Department photographic equipment.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Equivalent to an Associate Arts Degree from an accredited college with major coursework in Criminology, Criminalities or a closely related field and four years of experience in law enforcement identification work to include crime scene investigation and/or the examination of latent print evidence, or the equivalent combination of education and experience. A Bachelor's Degree, completion of FBI or DOJ Basic and Advanced Fingerprint Courses and/or Basic and Advanced Field Evidence Technician Courses and Certification as a Latent Print Examiner and Crime Scene Analyst are highly desired.
  • Possession of an appropriate, valid California Driver License.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of the law, policies and procedures applying to the collection and preservation of physical evidence.
  • Thorough knowledge of the analysis and identification procedures for latent fingerprint evidence.
  • Thorough knowledge of modern photographic techniques and equipment.
  • Knowledge of the various classification methods of fingerprints.
  • Knowledge of laboratory analysis techniques.
  • Skill in the recognition, collection, preservation, transportation and analysis of physical evidence without contamination.
  • Analysis skills.
  • Photographic skills.
  • Supervisory skills.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.