City of Garland, TX

Forensic Investigator I

7 days ago
Job ID
# of Openings Remaining
Police Department
Job Family
Technical Services
USD $19.08/Hr.
USD $24.51/Hr.
Regular Full-Time
Job Code Category

Position Summary

Responsible for conducting timely, organized and complete forensic crime scene investigations to document, obtain, analyze and present evidence against those who have committed crimes in the City.


Essential Job Functions


  1. Investigate crime scenes and collect evidence to document, attain, analyze and present against those who have committed the crimes.
  2. Analyze, process, and document crime scenes by use of various techniques including photography, digital video, measurements and diagrams.
  3. Prepare objective and thorough computer generated investigative reports.
  4. Establish and maintain liaison with police department, laboratory technicians and court personnel to inform all parties of investigations and reports.
  5. Provide testimony in court to present physical, documentary and photographic evidence collected and offer expert opinions. D
  6. Document and maintain files of latent prints recovered in the investigations

Preferred Knowledge - Abilities & Skills

Education/ Experience:

  • Four-year college degree in Forensic Science, Chemistry, Biology or related science
  • Up to 1 year experience as a criminalist or forensic investigator in a recognized crime laboratory


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Basic knowledge of investigative techniques, principles and practices used in crime scene analysis
  • Basic knowledge in performing blood spatter analysis, gunshot residue, chemical processing, and bullet trajectory analysis
  • Skill in using math, biology, chemistry and related sciences as they relate to crime scene analysis
  • Ability to remain calm, even tempered, decisive, accurate, and emotionally unattached

Licenses & Certifications

Valid Class C Texas driver's license
Texas Department of Safety (DPS) Texas Crime Information Center (TCIC) Less Than Full Access and Texas Law Enforcement Telecommunication System (TLETS) certifications or the ability to obtain within 6 months of hire
Complete Basic Fingerprint Comparison course within 3 years of hire
IAFIS/NGI (Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System/Next Generation Identification) certification or the ability to obtain within 6 years of hire

Physical Tasks & Working Conditions

The incumbent works at high stress crime scenes, various indoor and outdoor environments, the forensic processing area and garage. Will be required to safely handle hazardous specimens and materials (infectious, corrosive, carcinogenic, explosive, etc.). Physical tasks will include standing, pushing/pulling, fine dexterity, climbing, walking, lifting/carrying, bending, reaching and kneeling.


Customer Service
Decision Making/Judgment
Managing Conflict
Problem Solving/Analysis
Technical Skills
Work Environment/Safety

Minimum Education & Work Experience

Four year college degree
No experience required
Valid Class C Texas driver's license required
Or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.


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