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Criminalist I

Criminalist

Recruitment #191010-G12A-I03

Introduction

This position is located in the Latent Evidence Unit within the Criminalists Services Division at the Forensic Science Center in Edmond.

MAJOR WORK DUTIES:
1.  Chemically and physically processes evidence for latent print development.
2.  Comparison of latent prints to known inked prints; manually and by AFIS operation.
3.  Comparison of shoe and tire impression evidence.
4.  Process crime scenes when requested.
5.  Issue analytical reports and testifies to results.

Successful applicants must be willing to submit to a drug screen, polygraph examination, psychological evaluation (commissioned positions only), and a thorough background investigation.  Certain events automatically disqualify an applicant, such as, felony conviction; admission of an undetected crime that, if known, would have been a felony charge; failure to pay federal or state income tax; positive confirmed drug urine test; illegal use of a controlled substance within certain time frames.

BASIC PURPOSE

Positions within this job family perform and/or manage forensic analysis of evidence from criminal cases and/or convicted offender DNA samples.

LEVEL DESCRIPTORS

The Criminalist job family has five levels which are distinguished by type and complexity of work and the degree of responsibility assigned.

Level I:     
This is the entry level where incumbents train to perform forensic analysis, and perform some limited supervised casework.  All aspects of assigned tasks are clearly defined and all work is technically and administratively reviewed during performance and upon completion.  Incumbents do not have supervisory, research and development, or training responsibilities.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Level I:     
Requirements include a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in chemistry, biology, forensic science, criminalistics, toxicology, a closely related natural science, criminology, law enforcement, or criminal justice.

Note:  Selective Qualifications for a specific degree and/or specific courses may be applied for each forensic discipline.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT

Applicants must possess, or be eligible for a valid Oklahoma driver’s license.  They must be able to meet the requirements for peace officer certification if required by the agency.  They must possess the physical and mental stamina to perform the work and accept the inherent physical, psychological, chemical, and biological hazards.  They need accurate vision with or without corrective lens, and need to accurately distinguish between colors.  They must be able to successfully complete any necessary training and certification required by the agency, be able to be called back to work at irregular times, be willing and able to work overtime when required, and be willing and able to travel frequently and be in travel status for extended periods of time.  They must be willing to transfer where and when needed and to accept assignments anywhere in the state; pass a thorough character and background investigation; successfully pass a polygraph examination, drug screen and, if required by the agency, a psychological evaluation.  Subsequent to an offer of employment, applicants may be required by the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Retirement System to satisfy psychological testing, medical examination and/or physical agility testing standards or requirements.  Educational and/or experience selective qualifications may apply for specific disciplines, levels, or positions.

Some positions may require certification by the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialist (IACIS) as a Certified Forensic Computer Examiner.

THE FEDERAL OMNIBUS CONSOLIDATED APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 1997 CONTAINED AN AMENDMENT OF THE FEDERAL GUN CONTROL ACT OF 1968.  THIS AMENDMENT ADDRESSES MISDEMEANOR CRIMES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.  COMMISSIONED APPLICANTS MUST BE ABLE TO SATISFY THE LIMITATIONS CONTAINED IN THE FEDERAL LAW.

NOTES

Applicant must upload a copy of their transcript to their application submission

No additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.

Selection Plan

Scores Based On: 100% Written Test

***NOTE: Names of eligible applicants can be made available to State agencies upon their request, immediately following the closing date and time.


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