US Government, Police Department
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About this Position:
This is entry level professional technical forensic science work. Incumbents are assigned to the forensic DNA analysis laboratory where they perform routine methods and techniques involved in the preservation, examination, handling, and comparative analysis of items of evidence collected in criminal investigations. Routine work assignments are performed under close supervision by
supervisory level Forensic Chemist and in accordance with established departmental policies and procedures, Federal and State guidelines, and accreditation standards. Incumbents are evaluated based upon their ability to analyze, identify and document evidence and to offer effective case related testimony at criminal court proceedings. Such incumbents prepare summary findings and materials for use in testifying as an expert witness in criminal court proceedings.
Work performed in the DNA Laboratory involves potential contact with biohazards including body fluids, which could carry contagious disease, and possible exposure to airborne particles, as well as toxic and/or caustic chemicals. The work is performed in both office and laboratory settings and requires special measures to safeguard workers against injury. Incumbents regularly use face masks, protective clothing, and nitrile gloves when collecting/examining evidence. This is a professional position responsible for conducting serological and DNA analysis on physical evidence submitted by law enforcement personnel.
The incumbent in this position is authorized to carry out those duties and responsibilities in accordance with the established performance standards and is subject to reporting and justifying task outcomes to those above him/her in the Department’s chain of command.
The incumbent shall not disseminate confidential information, administrative or operational, unless expressly authorized. Confidential information may not be discussed with other County employees (including individuals in the Police Department), except for work-related reasons, under terms and conditions of the Maryland Public Information Act. The incumbent in this position is deemed “essential personnel” and is subject to report during standard or non-standard hours as operations necessitate.