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Forensics Firearms Examiner

Recruitment #21-L27101-002

Pay Grade

$60,274 pay grade 17

Nature and Scope

The Firearm Examiner position is a professional and technical position involving forensic examinations in the area of firearm, toolmarks, serial number restoration and gunshot residue analysis associated with routine and complicated police investigations.  Also prepare comprehensive investigative reports, photograph firearms, test-fire suspect weapons, determine muzzle proximity and testify in Court as an expert witness.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Examinations of firearms for operational capabilities
  • Comparison of fired projectiles and cartridge cases
  • Gunshot residue analysis for distance determinations
  • Tool mark examinations and comparisons
  • Serial number restorations
  • Photograph firearms
  • Interpretation of laboratory analyses and results
  • Operation of IBIS/NIBIN system
  • Preparation of written reports
  • Expert witness testimony in Court
  • Assist other sections and jurisdictions with examination requests

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas. Failure in any one area will result in a rating of "not qualified."  

  • Bachelor of Science Degree
  • Qualified firearms and toolmark examiner as stipulated by the Association of Firearm and Toolmark Examiners (AFTE).
  • Court qualified as an expert witness
  • Full time experience conducting examinations of firearms, bullets and related evidence as a firearm examiner
  • Computer skills including the use of the IBIS/NIBIN system

Conditions of Employment

Direct deposit of paychecks is required as a condition of employment. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. A satisfactory criminal background check is required as a condition of employment.

This position is a classification organized under an exclusive bargaining representative (labor organization). The candidate/applicant selected for this position shall be asked to join and pay dues to the labor organization or, may decline joining the labor organization and not pay dues or a fee. The labor organization has been elected by employees as their representative for collective bargaining and other work related purposes.

As a condition of employment, all employees must certify that they are fully COVID-19 vaccinated by September 30, 2021; or be required to test for COVID-19 on a weekly basis starting on September 30, 2021; or request an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination(s) due to health or sincerely held religious beliefs or practices by September 30, 2021.  If hired after September 23, 2021, these certifications or requests must be completed during their initial week of employment. This will be in effect until further notice.  More information can be found at




Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458.

TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.


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Additional Information

The State of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.