Full Job Description
The City of Yakima is a premier employer in the Yakima Valley with extensive opportunities for training and growth. The City offers a competitive benefit package including:
Comprehensive medical, dental and vision coverage
FREE healthcare clinic!
WA State PERS pension plan
3% Employer contribution to a 457 deferred Compensation plan
Generous Accruals for vacation and sick leave
Bachelor’s Degree in Forensic Science, Chemistry, Biology, Criminal Justice or related field plus two (2) years’ experience conducting the comparisons and identifications of latent print material; or an Associate Degree (60 semester hours or 90 quarter hour college credits) plus three (3) years experience as a latent print examiner; or a High School Diploma plus four (4) years experience as a latent print examiner. Completion of a minimum of four crime scene related courses and/or current IAI certification is preferred.
Must pass a thorough background investigation, polygraph, and psychological evaluation prior to hiring.
NOTE: The education and experience requirements are as required by the International Association for Identification and the substitutions are qualifiers for the Latent Print Examiner Certification which must be achieved within 12 months of hire.
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND/OR CERTIFICATES:
Must possess and maintain a valid Washington State Driver's License. Obtain and maintain a Latent Print Examiner certification through the International Association for Identification (IAI) within twelve (12) months of employment.
Under limited direction; uses a variety of techniques to obtain, classify, preserve and secure crime-scene and related evidence for purposes of identification; maintains records of arrests and evidence property. Supervises forensic operations and associated staff; prepares and monitors unit budget; maintains a variety of statistics for departmental use and prepares written reports as necessary; prepares curricula and teaches fingerprint and evidence collection, equipment usage, and rape kit and body fluid collection for analysis. Work is performed with considerable latitude for independent judgment and initiative and is reviewed through results attained, staff and user feedback, direct observation and consultation.
Supervises or performs the collection and comparison of latent fingerprints with known suspect fingerprints; classifies fingerprint cards; determines identity of newly-arrested persons; takes finger, palm or other prints for identification purposes. Reviews latent print evidence to determine quality for submittal for identification/matching with federal or state or local identification systems. Identifies complex prints, such as palm prints.
Processes fingerprint evidence by determining appropriate chemicals or powders to apply to various pieces of evidence to result in development of identifiable latent prints. Collects trace evidence; casts shoeprints; collects trace evidence at autopsies. Performs ballistic testing using ballistic recovery tank, microscopes and other related equipment.
Prepares detailed reports on crime scene processing, evidence collection and fingerprint identification; appears in court to testify as expert witness as required.
Photographs crime scenes to depict scene and evidence placement using appropriate equipment and lighting techniques; diagrams crime and fatality accident scenes for location, separation, and distance of objects using specialized equipment. Photographs injuries to assault victims; catalogs and maintains photographic files, preserves negatives and digital records. Maintains Yakima City Jail mugshots. Collects trace evidence such as hair, fiber, paint transfer, glass and insect specimines for further analysis.
Copies and processes photographs to City Prosecutor; downloads digital media and catalogs for detective use; enlarges and/or enhances images for contrast and clarity as necessary. Archives department media. Orders cameras and other related equipment and supplies.
Uses chemicals or alternate lite sources to reveal hidden blood or other body fluids; collects, packages and preserves DNA evidence for analysis; and, conducts blood pattern and bullet trajectory analysis as appropriate. Uses acid restoration or other processes to restore serial numbers to weapons, automobiles or other metal surfaces. Performs tests to identify the existence of chemicals used in the manufacture of or existence of methamphetamines or suspected methamphetamine laboratories; collects fingerprints to identify suspects.
Performs skeletal analysis of exhumed human remains; measures bones to determine age, stature, body condition, ethnicity, gender, overall health and other factors. Determines if skeletal remains are human or animal. Attends autopsies, photographs evidence and recovers evidence discovered during autopsy proceedings.
Monitors supplies to ensure sufficient amounts to enable processing of all crime scenes and related situations; ensures crime scene van is adequately supplied at all times.
Reviews and compiles composite records on arrested persons; updates arrest records. Maintains a variety of statistics for departmental use.
Writes detailed reports on forensic evidence and fingerprint processing as part of case file.
Responds to crime scenes in other jurisdictions and provides technical assistance to local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in evidence collection and processing. Assists federal immigration officers in determining identities of individuals.
Prepares and submits preliminary budget for Forensics unit; researches and recommends new or replacement equipment or supplies to address technology change and advancements; monitors expenditures to ensure operations stay within budgeted allocations.
Supervises Forensic processes and procedures at crime scenes, in the field or in the laboratory. Supervises forsensic staff; assigns projects; provides professional leadership and ongoing growth/development opportunities to staff; evaluates individual performance including recommending employment or disciplinary action as necessary. Provides assistance to staff in resolving difficult or unusual situations and problems. Responsible for performance of subordinates; ensures compliance with all applicable laws, State and Federal regulations, City ordinances, policies, procedures and sound financial practices. .
Conducts classes to instruct YPD officers on proper techniques for lifting fingerprints and collecting evidence; plans curriculum and prepares materials. Trains officers in using cameras and other equipment. Develops and presents classes to medical personnel on the collection of rape kit evidence, urine and other body fluids for toxicology analysis.
Provides back-up and peak-load assistance to property in maintaining property files and disposing of evidence. Trains new Police Support Officers in obtaining good quality of fingerprints from inmates, and assists jail staff in fingerprinting particularly difficult inmates.
Audits computer entries for all criminal citations to assure accuracy and makes corrections as necessary.
Checks files of names and descriptions of persons filing for bankruptcy from U.S. Bankruptcy court to determine if the person is wanted or has any monies owing the City; transmits findings to the Court and City Attorney.
Forster an attitude among staff that encourages cooperation, coordination of efforts, efficient use of resources, and exceptional customer service. Provides continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively and jointly to provide quality service. Develops innovative programs and projects and proactively introduces change to address emerging issues and opportunities.
Requires regular and reliable attendance.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Major Worker Characteristics:
Knowledge of principles and techniques used in obtaining, classifying, and securing fingerprints, crime-scene photography and illumination, DNA collection, trace evidence collection, blood pattern analysis, bullet trajectory analysis, acid anad other restoration processes, and skeletal remains identification. Knowledge of modern office management and supervisory practices and techniques. Knowledge of the use of chemicals involved in identifying and preserving evidence.
Ability to maintain accurate records; to understand and comply with laws pertaining to rules of evidence; and apply basic and advanced fingerprinting classification techniques.
Advanced knowledge of laws relating to dissemination of criminal, non-criminal and other confidential information; advanced knowledge of police policies and procedures; skill in organization and time management; in operating a variety of computer systems and evidence-related equipment; skill in accurate note-taking.
Knowledge of practices and principles of work flow and systems analysis; record keeping systems, processes, and practices; best principles and practices for project and financial management; municipal records retention procedures, and techniques. Knowledge and sound judgement with regard to public disclosure, and confidentiality standards. Knowledge of and adherence to a high standard of personal and professional ethics.
Knowledge of techniques and strategies for dissemination of complex and/or technical written and verbal information to a wide range of individuals, including but not limited to managers, staff, government officials, investigators, criminal justice professionals, and members of the public.
Knowledge of budget preparation and administration; purchasing; inventory control and equipment management; possess techniques for effective, efficient, and cost effective management of allocated resources. Ability to develop, present and gain acceptance for short and long-range programs and budgets.
Ability to establish, facilitate, and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, the public, investigators, criminal justice professionals, community organizations and government agencies; to consistently and continually demonstrate tact, diplomacy, and respect to individuals, groups and organizations representing a wide diversity of ethnicities, cultures, opinions, and beliefs; train, supervise, plan, organize, and direct the work of a staff of technical and/or clerical personnel; evaluate personnel performance; provide constructive feedback to subordinates; develop and implement modern auditing and accountability methods, procedures, forms and records; facilitate and lead cohesive, positive and highly productive work teams with an outstanding customer service focus. Ability to positively receive feedback and take direction is essential.
Ability to work independently with self-direction and minimal oversight; use initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines maintain sustained attention to detail and work under timeline pressures; prioritize and assign workloads; manage multiple tasks with competing deadlines. Excellent analytical and organizational skills are essential. Must possess ability to quickly adapt to changing priorities and demands.
Ability to operate photographic and fingerprinting equipment, and standard office equipment including but not limited to a personal computer, utilize specialized software, and enter information into a computer system within speed and accuracy; effectively use City programs including but not limited to records management and automated information systems. Must have strong working knowledge of computer spreadsheets; databases; industry applications; Microsoft Office Suite including Excel; report writing tools; and office equipment including but not limited to computer, fax machine, copy machine, telephone etc.; professional office procedures and practices; and computerize municipal budgetary and fiscal management practices. Ability to develop, present and gain acceptance for long-range programs and budgets.
Must communicate clearly and effectively, with employees, members of the public representing diverse education and background, and with officials at all levels of government utilizing well developed communication skills, both written and oral, with appropriate use of business English, including but not limited to correct grammar, vocabulary, letter composition, editing, spelling, and punctuation. Must routinely and regularly maintain a high degree of confidentiality and discretion through all forms of communication.
Ability to perform a variety of mathematical computations with ability to read, interpret and analyze complex and technical documents and to translate analysis into recommendations or reports. Ability to develop, implement, and revise policies and procedures. Ability to read, research, interpret, apply and explain codes, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures. Must possess ability to identify and define complex problems, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Ability to analyze service issues, evaluate alternatives, and make recommendations based on findings; compile technical information and review and maintain complete official records.
Ability to present complex information clearly and concisely in both written and verbal formats. Make informative and persuasive presentations to individuals and groups, conduct public meetings, and participate in public forums. The ability to testify in court and qualify as an expert witness.
Ability and willingness to institutionalize the concepts of continuous quality improvement, essential elements of outstanding customer service delivery, performance measurement and management, benchmarking, and innovation.
Ability to work extended hours as needed to carry out the supervisory responsibilities and functions for the department.
Work is occasionally performed in an office environment while sitting at a desk or computer terminal for periods of time or while standing for an excessive period of time. Constant use of all senses including feeling/talking/hearing/seeing while performing duties and while communicating with co-workers, general public and completing all tasks as assigned. Constant use of both hands in reaching/handling/grasping/ keyboarding and other fine skills manipulation while performing duties and operating computers. Work will require occasional travel to a variety of locations. May work outside with all weather extremes, be exposed to insects, dust, electrical hazards, noxious odors, fumes, or chemicals, solvents, needles/drug paraphernalia, and/or bloodborne pathogens. Frequent kneeling/ bending/crouching/crawling/reaching/ walking. Occasional heavy work includes lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds. Occasionally ascends/descends stairs and inclines while maintaining balance. May work at heights, confined spaces, alone, with others, or in noisy work area. Must be able to distinguish color and maintain long-term and short-term memory. Will be required to wear safety protective gear when necessary. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
UNUSUAL WORKING CONDITIONS:
May be required to wear a department uniform. Schedules include shift work and on-call work, including work on weekends and holidays. Some overtime may be required. Must be available to testify in court as necessary. May come in contact with criminals; irate, upset or disturbed citizens; deceased persons; property which may be soiled from crime or bug infestation; suspected drug labs and hazardous chemicals.
PRELIMINARY BACKGROUND SCREENING CRITERIA FOR FORENSIC SUPERVISOR
TYPICAL BACKGROUND DISQUALIFIERS:
You do not possess or cannot obtain a valid Washington State driver's license.
You will not be 18 years old at the time of exam.
You are not a U. S. citizen or lawful permenant resident.
You have been convicted of D.U.I. within the past five years or have two or more D.U.I. convictions. A diversion or similar action (First Degree Negligent Driving) is the same as a conviction.
You have possessed any illegal drug in the past year.
You have ever manufactured, sold, offered to sell, distributed, or transported for sale any illegal drugs/narcotics.
You have been convicted of any crime involving false swearing.
You have been dishonorably discharged from the armed services.
You do not successfully pass a Department polygraph or you cannot be certified medically by Department physicians.
You have been convicted of a domestic violence related crime, which precludes you from possessing a firearm.
You falsify any information on your application or within any other component of the hiring and screening process.
ADDITIONAL TYPICAL DISQUALIFIERS:
Your traffic history shows a continuing and/or recent pattern of poor decision making.
You have been convicted of any felony charges - traffic or criminal.
Your financial affairs or personal life shows a history of poor judgment and refusal to confront problems. (Example: Nonpayment of child support, ignoring overdue bills, etc.)
You have recently or are currently misrepresenting yourself or ignoring any laws. (Example: Not paying taxes, using a false address for school tuition purposes, etc.)
You have a pattern of involvement with illegal drugs.
Your work history shows a pattern of unexcused absences, discipline, or discharge.
People who know you have doubts about your honesty, integrity, or character.
You have been involved in significant misdemeanor activity.
Applicants are also cautioned that government clearances or success in other public safety agency selection processes are no guarantee of success in our process.
This list is not all inclusive and is intended only as a general guideline.
DRUG USAGE - MINIMAL GUIDELINES
The City of Yakima uses the following minimum guidelines for disqualification of Public Safety applicants. Exceptions can be made on a case by case basis if appropriate.
PLEASE NOTE: Additional screening and thorough background checks and polygraph and psychological examinations will be conducted on successful candidates.
ANY USE OF ILLEGAL DRUGS FALLING UNDER THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:
Any illegal drug use within the last year.
Use of Marijuana within the last year
Injection of amphetamines/methamphetamine.
Use of opiates/narcotics (heroin, morphine, etc.) or abuse of prescribed opiate/narcotics.
Use of cocaine over five times regardless of time frame. Any injection of cocaine
Participating in the manufacture, selling, offering to sell, distribution or transporting for sale any illegal drugs/narcotics, regardless of the time frame.
Use of any illegal drugs after submitting an application with any law enforcement agency within the last five years.
Use of non-prescribed oral or injectable steroids over five sequences/cycles within the last two years.
Use of illegal drugs while employed by a law enforcement agency regardless of the time frame.
Use of Marijuana/Hashish over 15 times
ANY USE OF THE FOLLOWING ILLEGAL DRUGS WITHIN THE PAST TEN YEARS:
Use of hallucinogenic drugs (mushrooms, LSD, PCP, etc)
ANY USE OF THE FOLLOWING ILLEGAL DRUGS WITHIN THE PAST FIVE YEARS UNDER:
Use of amphetamines/methamphetamine over five times
Swallowing/sniffing/smoking illegal amphetamines or methamphetamine one time.
Use of crack cocaine one time.
Use of free-based cocaine/paste one time.