Forensic Investigator

US Government, Institute of Forensic Sciences

Mission:

The Mission of the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences is to provide medical examiner and crime laboratory services of the highest quality in an unbiased manner with uncompromised integrity.

 

Vision:

  • To provide consistent, quality death investigation and laboratory analysis for the benefit of the entire community.

  • To create a technological strongpoint for legal agencies to facilitate justice in criminal and civil proceedings.

  • To establish an academic environment for training in the field of Forensic Science.

 

Brief Fellowship Overview:

The Forensic Investigator responds to death scenes to document, recover and identify human remains, and collect and preserve physical and biological evidence. The Forensic Investigator also answers and records death calls and prepares written and verbal reports in accordance with Sec. 49.25, Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. Consults other HCIFS Divisions (i.e., anthropology, trace) as requested or required by the circumstances of a case.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responds to death scenes to document, recover and identify human remains, and collect and preserve physical and biological evidence.

  • While on scene, responsible for directing decedent transport staff in helping with manipulation of the decedent, property collection, and evidence collection at scenes.

  • Locates and notifies family of death, responds to inquiries from families and law enforcement agencies, and provides for complete transition of information from shift to shift and team to team.

  • Prepares and submits to all designated parties’ reports covering operations and jurisdictions.

  • Supervises the admission and release of bodies to ensure procedural compliance, protects the integrity of specimens and evidence, and ensures proper identification and storage.

  • This includes supervision of decedent transport staff both at scenes and in the office.

  • Coordination with Forensic Transporters and Forensic Transporter II’s for scene response and decedent recovery from hospitals/scenes.

  • Testifies in court proceedings regarding investigation, observations, and documentation procedures at the scene.

  • Notifies the Supervisor, Director of Forensic Investigations, and/or Assistant Deputy Chief Medical Examiner of special problems or interests.

  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Supervisor, Director of Forensic Investigations and/or Assistant Deputy Chief Medical Examiner.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer
  https://hrrm.harriscountytx.gov/Pages/EqualEmploymentOpportunityPlan.aspx
 If you need special services or accommodations, please call (713) 274-5445 or email 
ADACoordinator@bmd.hctx.net.
 

 This position is subject to a criminal history check. Only relevant convictions will be considered and, even when considered, may not automatically disqualify the candidate.

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