Forensic Services Technician II

Baltimore County Police Department, TOWSON, MD, US

Responsibilities

Under general supervision, investigates and processes crime scenes and identifies, collects, records, and preserves physical evidence for laboratory examination and presentation in court as part of police and fire investigations. Demonstrates proficiency in one of the following specialized areas: digital enhancement, shoeware and tire track examination, and blood splatter analysis.

  • Operates a police vehicle and responds to crime scenes, hospitals, and the medical examiner's office to collect and transport evidence.
  • Surveys actual and suspected crime scenes, takes photographs, and prepares sketches of same.
  • Searches for and develops latent prints.
  • Photographs and fingerprints deceased individuals.
  • Performs gunshot residue tests at shootings.
  • Prepares evidence for further examination, analysis, and processing.
  • Develops various types of plaster and rubber casts of crime scene evidence.
  • Evaluates prints and photographs.
  • Operates digital cameras and related equipment to capture images of crime scenes, victims, and physical evidence.
  • Examines, enhances, and produces images of physical evidence including latent fingerprints, palm prints, and images from photographs and videotape.
  • Maintains image files on data storage devices.
  • Photographs crime suspects, crime victims, and victims of suspected domestic and child abuse.
  • Prepares detailed and accurate written reports on crime scene processing and completes all forms required for same.
  • Prepares and presents evidence, photographs, and sketches and testifies in criminal courts.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in one of the following specialized areas: digital enhancement, shoeware and tire track examination, and blood splatter analysis.
  • Trains and advises lesser skilled technicians.
  • Reviews and verifies the work of others.

Examples of Other Duties:

  • Cleans, maintains, and organizes vehicle.
  • Orders and maintains supplies, and prepares equipment required to perform duties.
  • Works with other Forensic Services specialists.
  • May train and advise other departmental personnel.
  • May participate in photography assignments, including photographing line-ups, copying photographs, and other related photographic tasks.
  • May attend training sessions, participate in seminars and conferences, and testify in courts, both locally and out-of-state.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

(NOTE: The duties and responsibilities listed above are for the purpose of determining a common set of minimum qualifications for all positions in this class. They may not include all of the essential job functions of each position in the class. Each position may not be required to perform all of the essential job functions listed.)

Qualifications

Possession of a bachelor's degree in a biological or physical science, criminalistics, criminal justice, law enforcement, or a related field.

Plus

At least three years' experience in forensics or evidence collection. (Additional experience in forensics or evidence collection may be substituted on a year-for-year basis up to a maximum of four years for the required education.)

Licenses and Certificates: Possession of a valid driver's license equivalent to a non-commercial, class C Maryland driver's license is required at the time of appointment.

Proof of Licenses, Certifications and Education: Applicants are required to submit proof of licenses, certifications and education beyond high school to meet the required and preferred qualifications of the position. Diplomas or transcripts must show the applicant’s major field of study. Copies and unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

Failure to submit proof of Licenses, Certifications and Education will result in your application not being considered. Proof of licenses, certifications, and/or education must be submitted with each application.

Proof of Degree Equivalency: Applicants who have obtained a degree from outside the United States of America are required to submit degree equivalence documentation from World Education Services, Inc. (www.WES.org) You MUST attach your transcript(s) or license(s) to your application.

EXAMINATION PROCEDURE: Applicants will be qualified based on an evaluation of their training and experience, as stated on their application, which includes answers to the supplemental questions. Applicants must state the dates and duties of past and present experience clearly and completely for evaluation purposes. Conditions of Employment

New employees are strongly encouraged to get COVID-19 vaccination.

Employees hired after July 1, 2022 are required to participate in the Baltimore County Employees' Retirement System, with very limited exceptions.

On appointment to this classification, an employee must provide a DNA sample to be maintained for quality assurance purposes by way of buccal swab of the inside of the employee's mouth or current standardized collection procedure to be performed by qualified police department personnel. Provision of the DNA sample is a condition of employment and shall only be used for law enforcement purposes as a forensic laboratory or for purposes of human remains identification and request, but only to the extent that the genetic information is used for analysis of DNA identification markers for quality control to detect sample contamination. It shall be maintained and disclosed only in a manner consistent with law, separate from the employee's personnel file as a confidential medical record, and will not be used for any other purpose. See 75 Fed. Reg. 68912, 68936 (November 9, 2010), 42 U.S.C. 2000ff-1(b)(6), 29 CFR 1635.8(b)(6), as amended. Provision of the DNA sample is a bona fide occupational qualification reasonably necessary to the normal operation of the police department. Failure to provide the DNA sample would prevent performance of an essential job function. Employees in this classification may be assigned to a work shift which includes nights, evenings, weekends, and/or holidays. Employees in this classification are subject to call to duty in emergencies, and may be required to work overtime as needed.

Physical and Environmental Conditions: The work of this classification frequently requires walking and standing, lifting, carrying, or dragging equipment and evidence of various sizes and shapes, traveling between work sites, and exposure to adverse weather conditions, toxic chemicals, bio-medical hazards, such as blood and other body fluids, and other hazardous conditions. Some situations will require climbing ladders, working at heights, or accessing confined spaces.

Character Requirements: All applicants must be of good moral character and emotionally stable, as determined by a comprehensive background investigation, polygraph examination, and drug test. Employees are subject to periodic drug testing.

Medical Examination and Employment Background Investigation: Applicants selected for an appointment to a position in Baltimore County must successfully complete a physical examination and drug screen and an employment background investigation, including, but not limited to a criminal background, education, and fingerprint check.

Compensation

Salary $54,683.00 - $67,975.00

Annually Employment Benefits for Full-Time, Merit or Classified Employees

Baltimore County General Government offers the following benefits to full-time,merit or classified employees. Some benefits vary for sworn employees of the Police and Fire Departments. New employees are eligible for benefits upon hire, unless noted otherwise.

Equal Opportunity Employer: Baltimore County is an equal opportunity employer and encourages minority, female and disabled applicants.

Smoke free workplace: All Baltimore County offices are smoke free.

Drug free workplace: Baltimore County provides a drug free workplace. Prospective employees are required to submit to urinalysis drug testing as part of the pre-employment physical examination.

Annual Salary review - Step increases may be granted on anniversary date based on satisfactory job performance
General Increases - Cost of living increases and adjustments may be granted as legislated.
Longevity Increases - In accordance with the specific pay schedule, a full-time merit or classified employee may receive a longevity increase, equivalent to one step, upon completion of a certain number of years of classified service with the County.

Employee Assistance Program: Our Employee Assistance Program provides confidential and professional assessment and referral assistance for employees and eligible dependents in the household who are experiencing personal problems that may be affecting work performance, job satisfaction, or overall quality of life.

Health Insurance benefits elected become effective the first day of the month following the date of hire if the employee has completed online enrollment prior to that date. New employees must enroll within thirty (30) calendar days of hire. Plans offered include: Medical, Prescription, Dental and Vision insurance.

Flexible Spending Accounts: Opportunity to set aside pre-tax dollars, through payroll deduction, for eligible unreimbursed medical care expenses and/or dependent care costs.

Life Insurance: Employees may elect basic term life insurance for themselves equal to one time the employee's annual salary, rounded to the next higher $1,000. Employees contribute a portion of the premium through monthly payroll deductions. The County also offers an Additional/Employee paid Life Insurance plan with coverage up to $100,000.

Retirement: Full-time civilian employees must join the Employment Retirement System (ERS) within sixty days of hire as a condition of employment. Part-time civilian employees can waive enrollment for up to sixty days, then may join or waive permanently. Newly hired employees at least 55 years of age may opt not to join the ERS.

Paid Leave: Paid benefits listed below vary depending upon the Classification.

Sick Leave
Vacation Leave
Personal Leave
Holidays
Bereavement Leave
Jury Leave
Military Leave

Baltimore County Employees Federal Credit Union: Membership in Baltimore County Employees Federal Credit Union offers a full range of savings programs, loans, checking, direct deposit, payroll deduction, savings bonds, and other financial services.

Direct Deposit: Payroll through direct deposit to the financial institution selected by employee is required.

Educational Assistance: 70 to 80 percent tuition reimbursement following successful completion of pre-approved courses related to position. Amount of reimbursement and fiscal year dollar limitations vary with bargaining group.

Website: http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov

Deferred Compensation: Nationwide Retirement Solutions offers a 457 retirement plan allowing for payroll contributions of tax deferred dollars to investment options of your choice.

Disclaimer: This is only a summary of benefits and policies in Baltimore County. Any benefit or policy may be changed at any time at the discretion of the administration. This summary does not constitute an express or implied contract, nor does it constitute a guarantee that your employment relationship will continue for any specified period of time or end only under certain conditions. 

How to apply

  1. Apply through baltimorecountymd.gov
  2. Mail or deliver documents to:

ATTN: Forensic Services Technician II
Office of Human Resources
Baltimore County Government
308 Allegheny Ave.
Towson, MD 21204

You MUST attach your transcript(s) or license(s) to your application.

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