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Recruitment #19-000255-0002






MSP Forensic Sciences Division

221 Milford Mill Road

Pikesville, MD 21208

Main Purpose of Job

The main purpose of the position is for microscopic, chemical and functional examinations of firearms and firearms related evidence. NIBIN database entry and court testimony is required and the position also serves as the training coordinator for the unit. In addition, the position requires familiarity with new technologies that are being used in Firearm/Toolmark identification.


Education: Possession of a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, genetics, medical technology, pharmaceutical science, criminal justice or related physical, natural or forensic science from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Four years of experience in comparative analysis or scientific evaluation of evidence including experience in providing testimony as an expert witness in moot or criminal court.

Notes: 1. Additional experience performing comparative analysis or scientific Evaluation of evidence to include experience in providing expert testimony may be substituted on a year for year basis for the required education.

2. Possession of a Master’s degree in criminal justice or the above physical, natural or forensic sciences from an accredited college or university may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

3. Possession of a Doctorate in the criminal justice or the above physical, natural or forensic sciences from an accredited college or university may be substituted for two years of the required experience.


Education:  If using a bachelor's degree to satisfy the educational requirement, completed coursework must include at least 24 credits in a physical, natural or forensic science to include laboratory components.


1.  Qualified as an expert witness in court in the discipline of Firearm and Toolmark Identification

2.  A  minimum of four years of experience as a Firearm and Toolmark Examiner in an accredited laboratory

3.  Successful completion of external proficiency tests in Firearms Examination, Toolmarks Examination and Serial Number Restoration without any outstanding corrective actions


1. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.

2. Persons appointed to this classification must possess the certification or license required by the governing body of the forensic discipline associated with the job duties for the specific position. Specific information concerning the requirements and procedures of the applicable governing body can be obtained from the personnel office of the Maryland Department of State Police, 1201 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, MD 21208.


1. Employees are subject to call 24 hours a day and, therefore, are required to provide the agency with a telephone or pager number where they can be reached.

2. Employees in this classification are subject to random substance abuse testing in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulation 17.04.09, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs.

3. In accordance with Section 2-204(b) (6) of the Public Safety Article, candidates for positions in this classification will be subject to an initial drug screening, a physical examination, submission of a DNA sample, and a complete criminal background investigation, to include a polygraph examination before permanent appointment can be made. A criminal conviction may be grounds for rejection of the candidate.


The selection for this process will involve a review of each application.  Applicants who meet the minimum and selective qualifications will be placed on an eligible list in the BEST, BETTER or QUALIFIED category.  The list will be used by the hiring manager to select the individual to fill the vacancy.  The list will be valid for one year.



NOTE: Currently, applicants are limited to uploading one file.  As a result, it is strongly urged that those applying upload ALL required and additional documents (undergraduate and graduate transcripts, resumes, etc.) as one file

If you are unable to apply online, you may submit an application via mail.  The Maryland State Application Form can be found online.

Completed applications, required documentation and any required addendums may be mailed to:

Maryland State Police

Human Resources Division

1201 Reisterstown Road

Pikesville, MD 21208

ATTN: R. Bruce Tanner


Questions or concerns regarding this recruitment may be sent to the following e-mail address:

It is the policy of the Maryland State Police to comply with all applicable federal and state laws prohibiting employment discrimination and to provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, gender, identity and expression, genetic information, marital status, mental or physical disability, national origin, race, religious affiliation, belief or opinion, sex, sexual orientation or any other protected status.

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