Forensic Scientist I, Latent Evidence

The primary purpose of the Forensic Scientist I is to perform analytical work in the field of latent print analysis. This position analyzes any evidence for the presence of latent impressions originating from fingers, palms or feet. The forensic scientist must be able to conduct these analyses using all methods approved by the section.

This is entry level professional forensic analysis work that requires the analysis of forensic evidence in a crime laboratory setting to determine if the evidence could support a criminal prosecution. Employees examine and analyze evidence from simple to moderately complex casework, make judgments and testify in court as necessary to explain and defend their findings. Employees operate with some technical independence in the forensic examination of various types of evidence. Employees may assist journey or senior forensic scientists in the more varied and moderately complex casework while continuing to learn the techniques, methods and practices involved in the examination of more complex cases. Employees conduct consultations and participate in pretrial conferences with prosecutors and defense attorneys, train and advise law enforcement officials, and handle all evidence under stringent chain of custody rules. Employees may be required to perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Latent – latent print analysis to include fingerprints, palm prints and bare foot prints; footwear analysis; tire track analysis; unknown deceased analysis, and other questioned impressions analysis.

Minimum Education and Experience – Latent Evidence Bachelor’s degree with a major in forensic science, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physical science or closely related curriculum from an appropriately accredited institution and two years of experience performing bench level analysis in latent evidence; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

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