Forensic Scientist - Firearms & Tool Marks Examiner
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Wichita, KS 67203
Company: Sedgwick County
Performs various analytical tests within the Firearm & Tool Mark Unit according to standard operating procedures set in place in order to meet requirements of accreditation. Present analytical findings and give expert opinion in judicial proceedings.
Successfully complete requirements to perform independent case work per accreditation standards.
Examine, test and analyze submitted bullets, cartridge cases and other ammunition components in an effort to determine source.
•Function test and trouble shoot a wide variety of firearms
•Safely obtain test fired ammunition components for comparisons
•Use a comparison microscope
•Interpret laboratory findings and test results from evidentiary material
• Prepare detail notes •Compose written laboratory reports
•Confer with law enforcement and/or attorneys in regard to test results and their interpretation
•Document and protect evidence according to laboratory procedures, ensuring chain of custody is maintained
•Continue to increase level of expertise by attending available training courses
•Provide verifications of comparisons for other scientists
•Perform administrative reviews of case files
•Perform technical reviews of case files
•Participate in internal and/or external proficiency tests
•Testify as an expert witness in a court of law
Examine and compare submitted tool marks in an effort to determine source.
•Create test tool marks
•Take accurate measurements using a variety of measuring devices
•Make detailed descriptions of observations
Maintenance of lab equipment and inventory of supplies and reference files
•Maintain laboratory equipment per accepted procedures
•Maintain inventory of supplies
•Prepare reagents as needed
•Maintain the ammunition and firearm reference files
•Perform validations/ crossover studies as required
•Provided training on the functions of lab to other agencies
•Perform serial number restorations
Educational Requirements: Graduation from a four year college or university in chemistry, bio-chemistry or a related field. A minimum of 2 semesters of chemistry.
Years of Experience:
Forensic Scientist I – no prior experience
Forensic Scientist II – 2 years of applicable lab experience
Forensic Scientist III – 4 years of applicable lab experience.
A master’s degree or doctorate in an appropriate field may be substitutable for 1 or 2 years of experience respectively.
License, certifications, etc… Valid Kansas State Driver’s License
Educational Requirements: Master’s Degree in Forensic Science or other appropriate field. Documented successful competition of a Firearm and Toolmark training program.
Years of Experience: 5 years
License, certifications, etc… AFTE Certification