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Criminalist/Firearms Examiner

City of Valdosta

Posted: Jul. 20, 2018

End Date: Dec. 31, 2018

Position Title:                           Criminalist/Firearms Examiner
Annual Minimum Salary:        (DOQ)  
Pay Grade:                             16
Announcement Type:             External
Department:                            Police
Facility:                                    Crime Lab
City/State:                               Valdosta, Georgia
Deadline:                                 OPEN UNTIL FILLED
The Valdosta-Lowndes Regional Crime Laboratory is accepting applications for a highly motivated individual for a Criminalist/Firearms Examiner position. This position is responsible for performing independent scientific examinations and comparisons of firearms, tool marks and serial number restorations.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Perform comparative analysis on evidence such as bullets, cartridge casings, and tool marks.
  • Perform serial number restorations.
  • Take photographs.
  • Enter evidence into Integrated Ballistic Identification Systems (IBIS).
  • Perform correlation review of images acquired by partnering sites to determine the possible presence of a NIBIN lead.
  • Care for and maintain laboratory equipment.
  • Perform technical and administrative reviews of another examiner’s casework.
  • Interact and collaborate with other group/team members and other forensic staff to ensure a high quality and accurate product.
  • Prepare evidence for presentation at court and appear as an expert witness to testify on the results of laboratory examinations.
  • Comply with relevant policies and procedures.
  • Participate in public relations activities such as conducting tours of the laboratory and speaking to interested groups.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
Minimum Requirements:
  • A bachelors or advanced degree in criminal justice, physical, natural or forensic science from an accredited college or university.
  • Successful completion of a documented Firearm and/or Tool Mark Examiner training program
  • Be able to pass a competency test.
  • Ability to prepare technical reports.
  • At least three to five (3-5) years independent firearms casework experience in an accredited forensic/crime laboratory preferred.
  • Must satisfactorily complete a background check and post offer physical.
  • A valid driver’s license.
  • Satisfactorily complete a background check, drug test and pre-employment physical.
All online applications must be processed through www.valdostacity.com. To be fully considered, applicants must submit a completed City of Valdosta Application Form to Berna Hepburn at covhr@valdostacity.com, or apply at the City of Valdosta Human Resources Department, 216 East Central Avenue, Valdosta, GA 31601.