FORENSIC IDENTIFICATION SPECIALIST II
Los Angeles County Department of Human Resources - Los Angeles, CA

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Positions allocable to this class under general supervision, perform field or laboratory analysis for processing and comparing fingerprints, and processing complex crime scenes.

Essential Job Functions

Processes the most complex crime scenes requiring specialized techniques in recognizing, searching, collecting, and preserving fingerprint and physical evidence in addition to making impressions of shoe prints and tire markings.

Processes severed fingers removed from decomposed bodies for identification.

Develops, collects, and preserves latent fingerprints by dusting, chemical processing, and alternate light source technology.

Prepares, enters, and compares latent fingerprints in the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).

Participates in case-related research projects and evaluates new procedures.

Conducts crime scene investigations to recognize, search for, collect, and preserve fingerprints and physical evidence such as hairs, fibers, plant

material, and biological fluids.

Responds to Coroner's Office to locate and collect trace evidence from deceased victims using conventional techniques, chemical processing, and alternate light source technology.

Participates in training of incumbents and outside agencies' personnel.

Makes impressions of shoe prints, tire tracks, and other objects at crime scenes.

Takes aerial photographs and videotapes of crime scenes.

Provides expert testimony on fingerprint comparisons and processing of crime scenes.

Updates procedural manuals and participates in developing briefing and training videos.

Prepares detailed reports of activities and court exhibits.

Accesses crime scenes in a variety of environments including remote areas requiring mountaineering and other entrance and egress techniques in order to document and collect evidence.

Requirements

SELECTION REQUIREMENTS:
OPTION I:
Graduation from an accredited* college with a Bachelor's degree in criminalistics, police science, or a related field**

  • AND-
Three years' paid experience at the level of Los Angeles County's class of Forensic Identification Specialist I*** participating in site investigations and laboratory analysis. Experience at the level of Forensic Identification Specialist I may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis to a maximum of four years experience.

OPTION II:
Two years' paid experience

as a

Forensic Identification Specialist I in the service of the County of Los Angeles.****

Physical Class

Physical Class III –

Moderate: Includes standing or walking most of the time, with bending, stooping, squatting, twisting, and reaching; includes working on irregular surfaces, occasionally lifting objects weighting over 25 pounds, and frequent lifting of 10-25 pounds.

License(s) Required

A valid California Class "C" Driver License***** is required to perform job-related essential functions such as traveling to crime scenes.

Appointees may be required to provide automobiles and drive them in County service at the rate of compensation allowed by the Board of Supervisors.

All applicants must possess a valid California Class "C" license at the time of appointment.

Special Requirement Information

**In order to receive credit for any college course work, or any type of college degree, such as a Bachelor's or Master's degree, or for completion of a certificate program, you must include a legible copy of the official diploma, official transcripts, or official letter from the accredited institution which shows the area of specialization or official certificates with your application

at the time of filing.

NOTE: If credit is given for course work, transcripts must indicate completion of required course work. If degree, copy of degree/diploma.

***In the County Service, experience at the level of

Forensic Identification Specialist I

refers to making fingerprint comparisons, processing crime scenes for evidence, utilizing automated systems to compare latent fingerprints, preparing reports, and engaging in other activities related to forensic identification.

****Applicants who expect to qualify under Option II

must

have County status in the class, as evidenced by holding or have held such payroll title.

NO OUT-OF-CLASS EXPERIENCE WILL BE ACCEPTED.

*****

License Information:
Successful applicants for this position will be required to obtain a copy of his/her driving record from the California State Department of Motor Vehicles before being appointed. A copy of your driving record must be presented at the time of your appointment. License must not be suspended, restricted, or revoked.

AN APPLICANT WHOSE DRIVING RECORD SHOWS THREE (3) OR MORE MOVING VIOLATIONS WITHIN THE LAST YEAR WILL NOT BE APPOINTED.

Accreditation Information

  • Accredited institutions are those listed in the publications of regional, national or international accrediting agencies which are accepted by the Department of Human Resources. Publications such as
American Universities and Colleges

and

International Handbook of Universities

are acceptable references. Also acceptable, if appropriate, are degrees that have been evaluated and deemed to be equivalent to degrees from United States accredited institutions by an academic credential evaluation agency recognized by

The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services

or the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE).

Examination Content

This examination will consist of two (2) parts:
Part I:
A qualifying performance test consisting of latent print comparison.

The following candidates are

NOT

required to take the qualifying performance test:
Candidates who have passed the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Latent Print Examiner Competency Test

and

are currently certified for latent print examinations. Proof of certification must be provided

at the time of filing

.

Candidates who have passed the International Association for Identification Latent Print Certification Test and are currently a Certified Latent Print Examiner as declared by the Certification Board of the International Association for Identification. Proof of certification must be provided

at the time of filing.

ONLY THOSE CANDIDATES WHO PASS THE PERFORMANCE TEST WITH A SCORE OF 70% OR HIGHER WILL PROCEED TO PART II.

THE PERFORMANCE TEST IS NOT REVIEWABLE BY CANDIDATES PER CIVIL SERVICE RULE 7.19.

Part II:
An interview covering training, experience, and general abilities to perform the duties of the position weighted 100%.

Candidates must achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on the examination in order to be placed on the eligible register.

Special Information

Shift: Any Shift

APPOINTEES MUST BE WILLING TO WORK ANY SHIFT, INCLUDING EVENINGS, NIGHTS, WEEKENDS, AND HOLIDAYS.

SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES MUST COMPLETE A THOROUGH BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION, INCLUDING FINGERPRINT SEARCH.

Examples of disqualifying factors include: Any felony convictions; job related misdemeanor convictions; certain serious traffic convictions or patterns of traffic violations (3 moving violations in one year; failure to appear; at fault accidents; suspended license; driving under the influence); poor credit history; poor employment history; substance abuse; anyone on probation

Vacancy Information

The eligible register resulting from this examination will be used to fill vacancies within the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Scientific Services Bureau.

Eligibility Information

The names of candidates receiving a passing grade in the examination will be placed on the eligible register in the order of their score group for a period of twelve (12) months following the date of promulgation.

No person may compete for this examination more than once every twelve (12) months.

Available Shift

Any

Job Opportunity Information

Employment Eligibility Information:
Final appointment is contingent upon verification of U.S. citizenship or the right to work in the United States. Immigration law provides that all persons hired after November 6, 1986, are required to present original documents to the County, within three (3) business days of hiring, which show satisfactory proof of: 1) identity and 2) U.S. employment eligibility.

Social Security Act of 2004:
Section 419 (c) of Public Law 108-203, the Social Security Protection Act of 2004, requires State and local government employers to disclose the effect of the Windfall Elimination Provision and the Government Pension Offset Provision to employees hired on or after January 1, 2005, in jobs not covered by Social Security. The County of Los Angeles does not participate in the Social Security System. All newly hired County of Los Angeles employees must sign a statement (Form SSA-1945) prior to the start of employment indicating that they are aware of a possible reduction in their future Social Security benefit entitlement. For more information on Social Security and about each provision, you may visit the website www.socialsecurity.gov, or call toll free 1-800-772-1213. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the TTY number 1-800-325-0778 or contact a local Social Security office.

Record of Convictions:
A full disclosure of all convictions is required. Failure to disclose convictions will result in disqualification. Not all convictions constitute an automatic bar to employment. Factors such as your age at the time of the offense(s), and the recency of offense(s) will be taken into account, as well as the relationship between the offense(s) and the job(s) for which you apply. However, any applicant for County employment who has been convicted of workers’ compensation fraud is automatically barred from employment with the County of Los Angeles (County Code Section 5.12.110). ANY CONVICTIONS OR COURT RECORDS WHICH ARE EXEMPTED BY A VALID COURT ORDER DO NOT HAVE TO BE INCLUDED.

Veterans Preference Credit:
Veterans Preference Credit of 10 points will be added to the final passing grade in any open competitive examination if you are an honorably discharged veteran who served in the Armed Forces of the United States: · During a declared war; or · During the period April 28, 1952 through July 1, 1955; or · For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976; or · In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal or expeditionary medal has been authorized and awarded.

This also applies to the spouse of such person who, while engaged in such service was wounded, disabled or crippled and thereby permanently prevented from engaging in any remunerative occupation, and also to the widow or widower of any such person who died or was killed while in such service. A DD214, Certificate of Discharge or Separation from Active Duty, or other official documents issued by the branch of service are required as verification of eligibility for Veterans preference. If you are unable to provide any documentation at the time of filing, the 10 points will be withheld until such time it is provided.

Application and Filing Information

Fill out your application and Job Specific Questionnaire (if applicable) completely. Provide any relevant education, training, and experience in the spaces provided so we can evaluate your qualifications for the job.

All information is subject to verification.

We may reject your application at any time during the selection process.

We may close this examination without prior notice.

File using ONE of the methods below:
INSTRUCTIONS FOR FILING ONLINE:
We encourage you to apply online by clicking on the button above or below this bulletin that reads, "

Apply to Job"

so you can apply online and track the status of your application and get notified of your progress by mail.

We must receive your application and Job Specific Questionnaire (if applicable) by 5:00 pm, PST, on the last day of filing.

NOTE:
Candidates who apply online must upload any required documents as attachments during application submission. If you are unable to attach required documents, you may fax the documents to (323) 415-2580 within five (5) days of filing online, or by the last day of filing,

WHICHEVER COMES FIRST

. Please include your Name, the Exam Number, and the Exam Title on the faxed documents.

FILING BY U.S. MAIL OR IN PERSON:
We must receive your completed application and Job Specific Questionnaire (if applicable) at the address below by 5:00 pm, PST, on the last day of filing.

Sheriff's Department

University Centre Building, Professional Exams Unit

101 Centre Plaza Drive

Monterey Park, CA 91754

Applications filed at any other County location will not be accepted if they are not received at the above location by the last day of filing. For further information concerning this examination, please call Personnel Administration, Professional Examinations Unit, at (323) 526-5611, TTY (323) 260-5291 OR (323) 267-6669.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING ONLINE FILING:
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER:
All applicants must enter a valid social security number at the time of filing. Entering anything other than a valid social security (i.e. 000-00-0000, 111-11-1111, etc.) will result in an automatic rejection of your application.

COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS AT LIBRARIES:
For candidates who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet, applications and JSQs can be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County.

NO SHARING OF USER ID AND PASSWORD:
All applicants must file their application online using their own user ID and password. Using a family member or friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record.

The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the

REQUIREMENTS

. Please fill out the application completely and correctly to receive full credit for any related education, training, and job experience. In the space provided for education, include the names and addresses of schools attended, titles of courses completed, dates completed, and number of credits and/or certificates earned. For each job held, give the name and address of your employer, your job title, beginning and ending dates, description of work performed, and salary earned. All information supplied by applicants is subject to verification. Applicants may be rejected at any stage of the selection process.

County of Los Angeles Information

Equal Employment Opportunity:
It is the policy of the County of Los Angeles to provide equal employment opportunity for all qualified persons, regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or disability.

Los Angeles County Child Support Compliance Program:
In an effort to improve compliance with court-ordered child, family and spousal support obligations, certain employment and identification information (i.e., name, address, Social Security number and date of hire) is regularly reported to the State Directory of New Hires which may assist in locating persons who owe these obligations. Family Code Section 17512 permits under certain circumstances for additional employment and identifying information to be requested. Applicants will not be disqualified from employment based on this information.

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990:
All positions are open to qualified men and women. Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons with disabilities who believe they need reasonable accommodation, or help in order to apply for a position, may contact the ADA/Personnel Services for Disabled Persons Coordinator at the number below.

Hearing impaired applicants with telephone teletype equipment may leave messages by calling the teletype phone number below.

The County will attempt to meet reasonable accommodation requests whenever possible.

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