Criminalist
City of Allen, TX - Allen, TX

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The purpose of this position is to identify, collect and preserve evidence to assist in solving criminal investigations. This is accomplished by processing crime scenes and fingerprint evidence. Other duties may include testifying in court, providing educational opportunities and departmental support and interfacing with other City employees and citizens. This position does not provide direction to other employees.

Essential Functions:

The information listed below is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of this position.
  • Processes crime scenes by taking photographs, dusting for fingerprints, collecting, preserving and logging physical evidence, completing crime scene and evidence reports, and packaging and inventorying evidence.
  • Identifying latent prints by conducting searches on latent prints utilizing the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) and the FBI’s Integrated Automated Identification System (IAFIS).
  • Processes evidence by performing presumptive laboratory tests, analyses, classifications, comparisons, and identifications of all types of physical evidence from crime scenes and completes and distributes lab reports for each request received.
  • Testifies in court by consulting with court personnel concerning testimony, responding to requests for specific evidentiary information and testifying under oath on crime scenes processed for specific cases.
  • Provides educational opportunities by conducting training classes for police officers on crime scenes, teaching classes at police academies and providing public safety education at public schools.
  • Provides departmental support by maintaining files and records, preparing detailed reports to ensure proper chain of custody, and assisting other organizations and agencies that do not have crime scene investigative units.

Job Requirements:

Formal Education / Knowledge
Work requires knowledge of a specific vocational, administrative, or technical nature which may be obtained with six months/one year of advanced study or training past the high school equivalency. Junior college, vocational, business, technical or correspondence schools are likely sources. Appropriate certification may be awarded upon satisfactory completion of advanced study or training.

Experience
Over three years up to and including four years of relevant experience. (3 years latent print comparison experience)

Certification and Other Requirements
Valid Texas Class C Driver's License, Advanced courses in Crime Scene and Latent Prints

Pre-employment Process
Applicants must successfully pass a fingerprint comparison exam in order to advance in the selection process. Due to the nature of the position, an extensive background investigation, polygraph and psychological examination, and pre-employment drug screen will be conducted on final applicants. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of these steps. Falsifying or omitting information during any stage of the selection process will make you ineligible for hire.

Below is a list of occurrences that may disqualify an applicant either permanently or make the applicant ineligible for hire for a specified period of time.

INELIGIBILTY LIST
  • NOT A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES. The applicant will be considered ineligible until citizenship is obtained in accordance with state and federal laws.
  • HAS BEEN CONVICTED OF OR ADMITTED TO CONDUCT** that constitutes a Class A or Class B misdemeanor under the Penal Code or equivalent under federal law, to include the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), within ten (10) years, will result in a temporary rejection. Crimes involving moral turpitude may result in permanent disqualification and will be considered on a case-by-case basis with appropriate consideration of circumstances and how recently the crime occurred.
  • HAS BEEN CONVICTED OF OR ADMITTED TO CONDUCT which constitutes a felony under state or federal law, to include the UCMJ. Conviction of or admission to conduct that constitutes a felony will result in a permanent disqualification.

    An applicant will not be considered for employment while charges are pending for any criminal offense.

    **For the purposes of item #2 mentioned above, a person is convicted of a felony or misdemeanor crime involving moral turpitude, if a court of competent jurisdiction enters an adjudication of guilt against the person, or a plea of guilty is entered by the person, under the laws of this or another state or the United States, regardless of whether:
  • The sentence is subsequently probated and the person is discharged from probation or community supervision;
  • Deferred adjudication is granted;
  • The accusation, complaint, information, or indictment against the person is dismissed is released from all penalties and disabilities resulting from the offense:
    or
  • The person is pardoned for the offense, unless the pardon is granted expressly for subsequent proof of innocence.
    • HAVING A CONVICTION FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE (DWI OR DUI) WITHIN TEN (10) YEARS PRECEDING THE DATE OF APPLICATION OR DURING THE HIRING PROCESS. This will result in a temporary disqualification until the ten-year time period has expired from the date of the conviction.
    • NOT EVER BEEN OR CURRENTLY ON COURT ORDERED COMMUNITY SUPERVISION OR PROBATION ABOVE THE GRADE OF A CLASS B MISDEMEANOR OR A CLASS B MISDEMEANOR WITHIN THE LAST 10 YEARS. This will result in a temporary disqualification until the ten-year time period has expired from the date of the court order.
    • HAS FAILED TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR ABILITY TO READ, WRITE AND FLUENTLY SPEAK THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. The applicant will be ineligible until the deficiency is corrected.
    • IS UNABLE TO PERFORM THE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE POSTION TO WHICH HE/SHE SEEKS APPOINTMENT, WITH OR WITHOUT REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION.The applicant will be ineligible until he/she is able to perform the essential job functions.
    • IS UNABLE TO OBTAIN A TEXAS DRIVERS LICENSE WITHIN THE SPECIFIED TIME REQUIRED BY THE TEXAS TRANSPORTATION CODE. The applicant will be ineligible until he/she is able to obtain a Texas Driver’s License.

    DISQUALIFIERS LIST

    Below is a list of occurrences that may disqualify an applicant either permanently or make an applicant ineligible for hire with the Police Department for a specified period of time. Subject to final interpretation by the Chief of Police or his/her designee, any of the following categories can be used as guidelines for temporary or permanent disqualification.
    • Has been convicted of or admitted to conduct which constitutes a Felony under State or Federal law, to include the Uniformed Code of Military Justice. Conviction of or admission to conduct that constitutes a felony will result in permanent disqualification.
    • An applicant will not be considered for employment while charges are pending for any criminal offense.
    • Having a conviction for driving under the influence (DWI OR DUI) within the ten (10) years preceding the date of application or during the hiring process. This will result in a temporary disqualification until the ten-year time period has expired from the date of the conviction.
    • Has used illicit substances as indicated in the following guidelines:
    a. Applicants will be temporarily disqualified when they have admitted to conduct which constitutes illegal use of illicit substance/controlled substance/any illegal drug during the last ten (10) years. This will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The age of the applicant at the time of the illegal usage will be taken into consideration.
    • Applicants will be temporarily disqualified when they have admitted to conduct which constitutes illegal use of marijuana during the last five (5) years.
    • Applicants, who admit to conduct which constitutes abuse of legally obtained prescription medication(s), or illegal use of prescription medication(s) of another person, may be temporarily or permanently disqualified. Conduct involving the abuse and/or misuse of prescription medication(s) will be considered on a case-by-case basis with consideration given to circumstances and recency. Applicants will be permanently disqualified when it has been determined or they have admitted to conduct which constitutes illegal use of felony grade substances as defined in the Texas Penal Code. This also will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
    • Applicants will be temporarily disqualified who have violations exceeding three (3) events (moving violations or preventable accidents) in the preceding thirty-six (36) months or a reckless driving conviction in the preceding sixty(60) months.
    Lesser but more severe violations that tend to indicate driving habits that are not compatible with the operation of emergency vehicles and present potential liabilities to the City of Allen will be temporarily disqualified. Reapplication will be permitted when the candidate can meet the above standards.
    • Has been dismissed or resigned in lieu of dismissal from any employment for inefficiency, delinquency, or misconduct. This will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Disqualification under this provision will be considered permanent.
    • Has visible body modifications, tattoos, body art and branding.
    a. Visible body modifications are prohibited for all Police Department personnel. Body modifications include the permanent or semi-permanent deliberate altering of the human body for nonmedical reasons, including but not limited to: tattoos, body art, brands, split or forked tongue, foreign objects inserted under the skin to create a design or pattern, stretched holes in ears, and intentional scarring.

    b. Tattoos, body art and branding must be concealed by all sworn and non-sworn personnel while on duty or in city uniform. Any tattoos, body art, and branding of the face, head, neck, and hands are prohibited. Any tattoos, body art, and branding shall not be visible when wearing a short sleeve shirt while standing in a normal posture. Wearing a long sleeved shirt is not an option for concealment of tattoos, body art and branding. Uniformed personnel with visible tattoos, body art, and branding on their legs are prohibited from wearing shorts. The coverings of tattoos, body art, and branding through the use of covers, band-aids, or bandages shall not be allowed as a means of conforming to the Police Department's General Orders.

    Supplemental Information:

    Reading
    Intermediate - Ability to read papers, periodicals, journals, manuals, dictionaries, thesauruses, and encyclopedias. Ordinarily, such education is obtained in high school up to college. However, it may be obtained from experience and self-study.

    Math
    Advanced - Ability to apply fundamental concepts of theories, work with advanced mathematical operations methods, and functions of real and complex variables. Ordinarily, such education is obtained in at the college level or above. However, it may be obtained from experience and self-study.

    Writing
    Intermediate - Ability to write reports, prepare business letters, expositions, and summaries with proper format, punctuation, spelling, and grammar, using all parts of speech. Ordinarily, such education is obtained in high school up to college. However, it may be obtained from experience and self-study.

    Managerial
    Receives limited directions. The employee normally performs the duty assignment according to his or her own judgment, requesting supervisory assistance only when necessary. The assignment may be reviewed upon completion. Performance is reviewed periodically.

    Budget Responsibility
    None

    Supervisory / Organizational Control
    Work requires the occasional direction of helpers, assistants, volunteers or temporary employees.

    Complexity
    Work is governed by broad instructions, objectives and policies. Requires the exercise of considerable initiative and independent analytical and evaluative judgment.

    Interpersonal / Human Relations Skills
    Discussion Frequent: From 21% to 50% of work time.

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