Forensic Analyst - Latent Print & Crime Scene Reconstruction
City of Eugene, OR - Eugene, OR

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Performs a variety of complex and specialized technical tasks collecting, preserving, and identifying criminal evidence at crime scenes and / or analyzing evidence in the laboratory; analyzes evidence in conjunction with investigation activities and provides expert testimony in court on methods and results of analysis. This position’s responsibilities are heavily weighted on Forensic Latent Print Processing/Comparison and Crime Scene Reconstruction.

Hourly Rate: $29.60-$37.74
Eligible for premium pay after three years.

This posting may also be used to create an eligibility list for future vacancies.

APPLICATION DEADLINE : Friday, March 1, 2013 - 5:00 pm

Examples of Duties Performed - Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

Responds to crime scenes and autopsies, as they occur, to perform and/or oversee searching for, collecting, preserving, packaging, and inventorying evidence including various body fluids, tool marks, ballistic evidence, and drug laboratory chemicals, weapons, clothing, trace evidence, footwear, tire impressions, latent prints, electronic evidence, and other related materials; may provide direction to lower classifications at crime scene investigations.

Reconstructs crime scenes through bloodstain pattern analysis, shooting trajectory reconstruction and detailed scene documentation.

Performs technical and specialized laboratory analysis; interprets findings involving complex and varied crime scene evidence.

Evaluates evidence and determines types of tests to apply, including the use of quantitative and qualitative, chemical, microscopic, chemical sequencing, electronic, and other examination methods.

Processes physical evidence in a laboratory setting for Latent Prints, trace and biological evidence.

Presents forensic results with scientific accuracy, both orally and in writing; prepares specialized reports and exhibits, including scientific and comparative analysis of evidence.

Maintains equipment, stays current for techniques, provides in-house training, and performs specific functions related to an assigned forensic discipline as a technical leader.

Testifies in court as to results, methods, and procedures used in interpreting findings; prepares displays, graphic presentations, and demonstrations of analytical results; may serve as expert witness in area of expertise.

Performs Serial Number Restoration.

Conducts post-mortem identification procedures by attending autopsies for photographing, evidence collection, and fingerprinting.

Uses appropriate equipment for conducting analytical reviews, such as optical and electronic laboratory equipment, forensics light sources, various computer systems, electronic imaging, and related equipment; maintains assigned equipment.

Evaluates, analyzes and compares latent prints to known standards for identification and/or exclusion.

Use biometric software (Automated Fingerprint Identification System-AFIS) for searching unidentified latent prints.

Instructs other forensic staff and police personnel in methods and techniques of crime scene investigation and physical evidence, police identification, and procedures for preservation of evidence; provides information on changes in techniques and technology.

Instructs, presents, and demonstrates forensic procedures to a variety of audiences.

Assists in maintenance of all equipment used by the unit.

May develop operational and safety procedures for the forensics laboratory.

Supports and respects diversity in the workplace.

Performs related work as required.

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Knowledge of :
Scientific analytical methods and processes and how to apply them.

Principles, procedures, techniques, and trends in identification, collection, handling, preservation, and analysis of physical evidence; expert knowledge in areas of specialization.

Principles, procedures, techniques, and trends in Forensics: toxicology, forensic biology, firearms, tool marks, hair, fiber, and other trace evidence.

Principles, methods, and techniques of ridgeology.

Modern methods and techniques of criminal investigation and crime scene reconstruction techniques.

OSHA safety rules and safe handling procedures for chemicals and unknown substances.

Principles and procedures of criminal law, rules of evidence, and court procedures.

Principles, methods, and techniques of developing, evaluating, classifying, and comparing fingerprints including using powders, chemicals, stains, photography, comparison, and identification of friction ridge detail.

Basic, and advanced, FBI fingerprint classification principles, involving both inked and latent fingerprint classification; appropriate techniques for examining latent prints.

Principles, methods, and techniques for taking, developing, and printing photographs; surveillance and aerial photo techniques.

Knowledge of digital imaging and enhancement techniques.
Use and maintenance of scientific analytical instruments: various types of microscopes, forensic light source, electronic scales and similar equipment, and video and photographic equipment.

Appropriate computer programs and systems.

Ability to :
Satisfactorily complete the Department’s Forensics Evidence Basic Training Program within the 12 month probationary period.

Demonstrate proficiency in assigned forensic areas including, but not limited to, latent print processing and interpretation and basic crime scene investigation by the end of the 12-month probationary period.

Recognize, gather, and examine evidence for identification, including operating a variety of analytical instruments and follow specific processes.

Perform chemical tests for the presence of blood.

Utilize ultraviolet, infrared, and macro photographic techniques as applied to physical evidence and criminal identification.

Organize, analyze, and present data with scientific accuracy.

Exercise considerable initiative and independent judgment within limits of established practices and procedures both in laboratory and field situations.

Follow prescribed analytical procedures and methods.

Function and qualify as an expert witness in area(s) of specialization.

Prepare exhibits for use in court testimony; testify in court regarding methods used in obtaining and analyzing evidence.

Make comparisons and match latent fingerprints to known standards (depending on assignment).

Prepare detailed analytical written laboratory reports.

Operate a variety of instruments and equipment and follow specific processes involving use of computer, comparison and research microscopes, photographic and video equipment, fingerprint processing equipment, and small, specialized tools.

Operate a variety of computer hardware and software systems, including word processing, Home Architect, Automatic Fingerprint Information System (AFIS), other specialized databases, photo electronic imaging, CCTV editing programs and Adobe Photo Shop (depending on assignment).

Operate applicable motor vehicles.

Advise and instruct coworkers and police personnel; present training classes as required.

Work well with employees, representatives of other agencies, and the public.

Show good judgment and retain observed details.

Maintain physical agility to move heavy objects and reach difficult crime scene environments.

Work outdoors and in varied weather, as required.

Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing and explain scientific, technical matters in an understandable manner.

Keep updated on technical knowledge in field and obtain specialized training as needed.

Must be available on-call during off-duty hours and respond as required.

Must be able to regularly travel to maintain training and proficiency in assigned disciplines.

PASS A POLICE BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION, including National Crime Information Center/Law Enforcement Data System clearance and National fingerprinting-based record check will be conducted.


Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Biochemistry or forensic science. Other Science Degrees will be considered based upon relevant course work.

A Master’s degree in a related field may substitute for a Bachelor’s degree.

One year of general work experience. Work experience in an analytical or forensic laboratory is preferred.

License and Certificate
Satisfactory completion of department approved basic and advanced fingerprint, or basic and advanced forensic video analysis courses or an equivalent, or the ability to obtain within a reasonable amount of time (depending on assignment).

Must obtain DPSST Instructor certification within one year of completing the 12-month probationary period.

Valid Oregon driver’s license, or ability to obtain by date of hire; must pass driving records check and, if hired, maintain a driving record that meets the City’s standard. Oregon law requires that an out-of-state license holder must obtain a valid Oregon license (with appropriate endorsements) within 30 days of becoming domiciled in the state (ORS 803.355) .

Supplemental Information:

In addition to the salary listed above, upon eligibility, the City will contribute the employee contribution of 6% and the employer contribution to a retirement program administered by the Oregon Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS).
Selection Process Applicants are screened based upon their relevant knowledge, abilities, skills, experience, and training. The selection process varies according to the position and can include such things as screening of supplemental questionnaires, written or skill tests, ability or fitness tests, interviews, and assessment processes. In addition, background investigations and records checks may be required. Some positions also require applicants to have a psychological evaluation and/or physical examination and a drug test prior to employment.


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