DPS - Medical Examiner Assistant I
State of Mississippi - Mississippi

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This is entry-level technical and professional work in the field of medico legal death and injury investigations. Crime scene, laboratory and autopsy pro�cedures are employed to help determine the cause, manner and circumstances of injuries of violent, sudden, unexpected and suspicious deaths. Work involves postmortem examination; consultation with law enforcement officers, attorneys, coroners, toxicologists, criminologists and physicians to establish and secure medico legal evidence; and testifying in court regarding their observations. Work is performed under the supervision of the State Medical Examiner and the Director of the Mississippi Crime Laboratory.

Examples of Work:

Examples of work performed in this classification include, but are not limited to, the following:

Assists in collecting and conducting microscopic examinations of dead human bodies, tissues, fluids and secretions to help determine cause and circumstances of injuries and/or death using medico legal laboratory procedures on instructions of the State Medical Examiner.

Investigates death scenes to identify and preserve physical evidence to be used in determining the cause and manner of death in accordance with standard operating procedure.

Selects collection and custodial procedures for gathering evidence to ensure that evidence will be legally acceptable in accordance with the requirements of forensic analysis and legal restrictions.

Assists in the removal of tissues, anatomical portions of bodies, fluids or any item of evidence found on or in bodies in order to conduct laboratory examinations, analysis, and comparisons in accordance with standard operating procedure.

Acquires possession of any portions of bodies, objects or articles deemed useful in establishing identification of deceased in accordance with standard operating procedure.

Prepares complete report on scene investigations and other investigations when that report is not made by the State Medical Examiner or his/her designee.

Testifies at inquests, hearings and court trials as expert witness to provide information concerning findings and observations, in accordance with standard operating procedure.

May perform all or part of the duties of a Forensic Scientist, Fingerprint Examiner, or other positions within the Mississippi Crime Laboratory, as these duties may relate to investigations outlined above.

Performs related or similar duties as required or assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:


A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four year college or university in criminal justice, forensic science, pathology assistance, chemistry, biology, medical technology or pharmacology;


Graduation from a standard four-year high school or equivalent (GED);


Four (4) years of experience in work directly related to the above-described duties.

Substitution Statement:

Above graduation from a standard four-year high school or equivalent (GED), directly related education and directly related experience may be substituted on an equal basis.

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