Forensic Specialist/Lateral Entry

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Forensic Specialist (Lateral Entry)
Completed applications will be reviewed and only qualified applicants whose qualifications best meet or exceed the requirements of the position and needs of the City, will be invited to participate further in the selection process. 
Do you enjoy being organized and thorough in your work? Are you passionate about supporting a team that is committed to protecting life and property, solving neighborhood problems, and enhancing the quality of life in our community? If so, the Ontario Police Department (OPD) has the perfect opportunity for you! OPD has current openings for motivated individuals interested in the Forensic Specialist position.
The Division
The Ontario Police Department’s Forensic Division is comprised of seven (7) Forensic Specialists, two (2) Senior Forensic Specialists, a Forensic Supervisor, and a Forensic Manager. The unit prides itself on providing employee opportunity, training, and special assignments.
The forensic professionals in the unit perform a wide range of complex and technical crime scene investigations. These investigations include documentation, preservation, and collection of physical evidence, thorough photography, latent print examinations and providing expert testimony and other related work as required.

The Position
This position operates on a 4/10 schedule and will be required to work weekends, evenings, nights, holidays and on a rotating on-call schedule. Incumbents will be working in the field in all weather conditions, laboratory and general office settings. Physical demands of the position include climbing, crawling, bending, lifting, pushing and/or pulling objects weighing up to 55 lbs., exposure to blood-borne, air-borne pathogens, bodily fluids, various chemicals and tolerating adverse conditions.
The ideal candidate for this position will possess:
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to interpret and present data in a clear and concise manner. 
  • Exhibits excellent interpersonal skills by cultivating positive working relationships and facilitating the exchange of information.
  • The embodiment for the City’s Approach to Public Service- Commitment to the Community, Achieving Excellence Through Teamwork, and Doing the Right Thing the Right Way.
  • The qualities of a 5 Tool Player – Leader, Thinker, Operator, Communicator, and Public Servant. 
This recruitment will result in an eligibility list, which will be used to fill current full-time vacancies and any future opportunities which may include part-time vacancies within this classification. 

Background Check Process

All appointments to this position are subject to the successful completion of an in-depth background investigation conducted by the Ontario Police Department as well as a physical examination including a drug screening. The background investigation is a rigorous process which often takes several months to complete. A typical background investigation includes but is not limited to: background interviews with individuals designated by the Ontario Police Department (this may include current and former co-workers, friends, relatives, neighbors, or any other relevant individual), criminal background check, credit check, polygraph examination, and psychological evaluation. Candidates may be disqualified from further consideration during the background investigation for a variety of reasons including if they have: an excessive number of traffic citations and/or collisions; arrests and/or convictions; a history of illegal substance abuse; poor credit history (factors include bankruptcy, foreclosures, liens, repossessions, and recency); or thefts from a previous employer. For clarification of any of the above disqualifying reasons, please call Police Department Background Unit at (909) 408-1820. The following list describes some areas that are covered in the background investigation:

  • Your relatives, references, and acquaintances are asked to comment on your suitability for a career in law enforcement.
  • The information supplied regarding your educational history is examined and verified.
  • You must list a history of your residences.
  • Your work history and experience are examined with regard to your dependability, relationships with fellow workers, trustworthiness, and general job performance.
  • Military service records are subject to verification.
  • The background investigation considers your management of personal finances (however, being in debt does not automatically disqualify you).
  • Your criminal, driving, and insurance records are evaluated. Felony convictions will be grounds for disqualification from the selection process.
  • If you have a history of recent or prolonged use of illegal controlled substances (i.e., Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Marijuana, etc.), you may be dismissed from the process.
The Ontario Police Department

The mission of the Ontario Police Department is to protect life and property, build and maintain authentic relationships, and enhance the quality of life in our community.  

  • TEAMWORK: Fulfilling community partnerships that instill pride, passion and commitment through communication and performance. Learn from the past and embrace the future through empowerment, respect, and cooperation.
  • PROFESSIONALISM: It is not the job we do; it is how we do our job. We are engaging and considerate with our actions, image, and conduct.
  • INTEGRITY: We hold honesty as our guiding principle. When faced with difficult decisions, we do the right thing, even in the face of adversity.
  • ACCOUNTABILITY: We openly identify and address problems and willingly accept responsibility for our own actions.
  • DEDICATION: We are committed to our craft and to the residents, businesses, and visitors of the City of Ontario. 
Ontario is an economic leader in the Inland Empire, making it an excellent choice for a law enforcement career. We offer the opportunities and resources of a large department with the teamwork of a small one. 

The City of Ontario

The City of Ontario is a dynamic leading and growing community in the Inland Empire with a variety of full-time and part-time employment and volunteer opportunities. Ontario  is proud to have the reputation of being a progressive City providing solid leadership to its citizens and to the business community. The City provides a full range of services to the community including; Police, Fire, Management Services, Community Life & Culture, Community Development, Economic Development, Public Works, Financial Services and the Ontario Municipal Utilities Company. The City’s team is staffed with approximately 1,400 full-time and 200 part-time diverse and talented employees who work to support a common goal of providing excellent service to the community.

We invite you to learn more about the City of Ontario by reviewing the City’s website including the City’s 2023 State of the City Address to learn more about the exciting opportunities this position will play in the vital growth of the City in becoming the Premier Community of the Inland Empire!

Please click on other useful links below to learn more about the City of Ontario: 
Approach to Public Service (Core Values for City of Ontario employees) (Information about City of Ontario employee benefit plans)
The Ontario Plan  (The City’s Comprehensive Business Plan for Development)

Smart Ontario (The Future of Ontario – Growing greener everyday)

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