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Forensic Technician Trainee

Detroit, MI
Detroit Police Department
Salary: $27,367.00-$30,032.00 Annually

Under general supervision, responds to an processes crime scenes in the City of Detroit. Serves as a support service to the Detroit Police Department; performs a variety of routine and less complex forensics procedures and tests.

Salary $27,367.00 – $30,032.00 Annually

Responsibilities:

MAJOR JOB DUTIES
• Assists mid- and senior- forensic examiners in the preparation of casework by performing less complex and routine forensic procedures and tests.
• Responds to and processes a variety of crime scenes during all hours and in all types of weather, including inclement weather conditions.
• Identifies, evaluates, collects and properly preserves evidence, including latent prints and maintains the proper custody chain.
• Measure locations and distances of evidence, victims and other important landmarks utilizing a variety of equipment, both manual and automated.
• Prepares sketches based on measurements and location of crime scenes.
• Photographers crime scenes, victims. perpetrators and related evidence.
• Test fires evidence weapons.
• Enters images of bullets, casing and fingerprints into computerized databases.
• Develops latent finger prints on a variety of surfaces and items in the laboratory and in the field using fingerprint powders, chemicals and alternate light sources.
• Processes biological samples for storage.
• Prepares and updates files and records.
• Transfers and tracks evidence.
• Testifies in court as to the nature and appropriateness of work performed and interpretation of results.
• Performs general laboratory housekeeping duties, maintains inventory of laboratory supplies and performs other tasks related to the efficient operation of the laboratory.
• Prepares reports based on work performed, data and evidence collected, and, if appropriate, conclusions drawn.

Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications
High school graduation or GED. with successful completion of coursework in biology, chemistry, physical science, and algebra.

A Valid State of Michigan Operators License is Required.

KNOWLEDGE OF:
• Metric system weights and measures
• General laboratory safety procedures.

SKILL IN:
• Observation
• Mathematical applications including fractions, percentages, ratios and simple geometry.

ABILITY TO:
• Precisely document observations and prepare basic technical reports.
• Operate common laboratory instruments and equipment including but not limited to balances, microscopes, spectrophotometers and gas chromatograph.
• Communicate effectively orally and in writing and make public presentations.
• Test fire weapons and recover spent items from specialized water recovery system.
• Operate personal computers and other common office equipment.
• Organize and prioritize work and follow documented procedures.
• Develop and maintain effective working relationships.

LICENSE, CERTIFICATION AND OTHER SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
Due to the confidential nature of work performed and access to illegal and controlled substances, qualification for employment in this class is subject to a Police Department background check.