The incumbent will perform forensic death investigations to assist in determining circumstances, jurisdiction, and cause and manner of death. Investigations include conducting interviews, photographing the scene and body, gathering and preserving evidence, and transporting the body. Investigations include but are not limited to accidents, homicides, suicides, suspicious deaths, and industrial and aircraft disasters.
Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
- Investigates circumstances of death at the scene by questioning police, witnesses, medical personnel, and others present; preserving evidence; photographing the scene and the body.
- Determines compliance with medicolegal death investigation laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures.
- Conducts investigations to gather additional information, such as interviewing relatives of the deceased to ascertain medical history, recent health and other pertinent factors concerning the circumstances surrounding the death; contacts decedent’s physician, hospital personnel, dentists, law enforcement, attorneys, and others who may have pertinent information.
- Prepares body for transport while preserving body evidence, transports the body to the office, tags and photographs the body in the autopsy room.
- Coordinates with a tissue procurement agency, the forensic pathologist, and relatives of the deceased to facilitate anatomical gifts.
- Prepares various investigative reports of findings to include statistical data, body condition, body receipts, personal effects receipts, and other forms associated with the disposition of the body.
- Participates in mass fatality preparedness and drills.
- May assist in the conduct of autopsies by labeling specimen containers, opening and suturing the body, and cleaning the area and instruments; may take x-rays of bodies.
JOB REQUIREMENTS for Forensic Investigator I
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:
- Six months experience in conducting investigations such as conducting interviews to obtain confidential information, preserving evidence and documenting findings.
- Six months experience in determining compliance with laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies or procedures.
- Six months experience in narrative report writing.
- Knowledge of forensic, medical, and legal terminology.
- Knowledge of digital photographic techniques and photographic equipment such as cameras, flash, tripod and related equipment.
- Possession of a valid Driver's License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).
Conditions of Hire
Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. The State of Delaware Executive Branch participates in the Federal E-Verify system where the State will provide the federal government with each new hires Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. For more information refer to our job seeker resources.
The application and supplemental questionnaire are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position. It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the supplemental questionnaire to include dates of employment, job title and job duties. For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content. Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.
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