Criminalist III / Computer Forensics Unit

US Government, Police Department

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This mid-management position performs complex technical work and has general supervisory authority over subordinate employees, as well as overall administrative responsibility for the program operations, including responsibility for casework management and program coordination. The Criminalist III is responsible for ensuring that quality standards/reporting requirements are attained for the work performed.

Essential functions of the job include, but are not limited to, the following:
Ensures Department services are provided with exceptional customer service and the highest level of ethical standards. 

Performs analysis and examines physical evidence in forensic specialty areas such as Crime Scene Investigation, Computer Forensics, Firearms/Toolmarks, Forensic Biology/DNA, Latent Print Processing, Friction Ridge Comparison.
Examines evidence, evaluates findings and interprets results utilizing various techniques including photography, microscopy, DNA typing, data searching and recovery, and digital processing.

Conducts digital forensic analysis of computers and other digital/data storage devices such as smart phones, tablets, storage devices/drives, and cloud computing systems and applications.
Secures and collects digital and electronic devices and/or surveillance video at a crime scene in order to preserve digital evidence.
Renders safe and conducts forensic analysis of computer hard drives and other electronic storage media including smart phones, tablets, flash drives, external hard drives, cloud files, networks and applications in order to extract, preserve and present evidence for use in criminal investigations.
Accesses password-protected and secure files by utilizing forensic software applications.
Physically disassembles, documents and examines computers and related hardware components.
Takes photographs and/or videos of computers and digital devices utilizing digital camera and video equipment in order to document computer hardware configuration and conditions.
Identifies evidence of computer crimes such as the theft and sabotage of data, unlawful access of data and systems, fraudulent use of bank, credit and telecommunications accounts, and trafficking of child pornography.
Provides ongoing analysis of technology trends to incorporate proven forensic investigation and supporting technologies into practice.
Consults and advises law enforcement, attorneys and the courts regarding nature of evidence or the results of laboratory analyses and their meaning.
Testifies on the results of laboratory analyses and may interpret the findings for the courts and other legal hearings.
Prepares clear, comprehensive, technically sound and accurate casework reports, including all determined facts and conclusions.
Maintains laboratory, instruments, equipment and glassware in a constant state of cleanliness, order, and good repair.
Participates in validation studies or performance verifications for new procedures, methods and/or equipment.
Prepares laboratory technical procedures manual.
Ensures analysis practices maintain adherence to accreditation standards.
Reviews and evaluates employees’ job performance and recommends appropriate personnel action.  

Ensures responsibility for the chain of custody, security, and control of evidence while it is in the possession of the Crime Lab.  
Performs administrative and law enforcement support activities.
May act as a Disaster Service Worker, as required.
Drives on City business.
Assumes responsibility for ensuring the duties of the position are performed in a safe, efficient manner.

Performs other related duties as assigned or as the situation requires.

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