SENIOR EVIDENCE SPECIALIST 5706
The work involves supervision of a unit engaged in fingerprint and photographic activities or performance of the more complex duties in the unit. The employee participates in the day-to-day work and assumes responsibility for unusual or technical problems that might arise. Independent judgment and decision-making are exercised by the employee. Duties are distinguished from those performed by Criminal Identification Technicians in that Senior Evidence Specialists are expected to operate lasers and a specialized fingerprint computer. Work is performed under the general supervision of an administrative superior in the Suffolk County Police Department. Does related work as required.
Supervises photography of crime scenes, evidence and fingerprints;
Operates the Automated Fingerprint Identification System Computer to determine matches with existing prints in the system;
Operates a laser so that chemically treated evidence will fluoresce;
Reviews accuracy of fingerprint matches determined by Evidence Specialists in the unit;
Reviews videotapes of crime scenes and confessions of suspects;
Develops and enlarges black and white and color film and prints;
Gathers statistics for monthly and annual reports;
Assists in budget preparations for the unit;
Trains new Fingerprint Analysts and Evidence Specialists;
Fills out and signs police reports;
Meets with DCJS personnel to update State fingerprint computer;
Presents expert fingerprint testimony in court;
Prepares reports and exhibits for court presentation.
Comprehensive knowledge of the techniques employed in locating, developing, reading, classifying and preserving latent prints for court presentation; comprehensive knowledge of the principles used in taking black and white and color still and motion pictures; thorough knowledge of the skills employed in video technology; thorough knowledge of the methods used in developing, printing and enlarging black and white and color negatives and prints; good knowledge of principles and methods used in fingerprint classification; skill in techniques involved in usage of lasers to identify prints; ability to make independent decisions under stressful conditions; ability to present ideas clearly, both orally and in writing; ability to supervise a small staff in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
Sixty (60) credits from a New York State or Regionally accredited college or university, which includes or is supplemented by at least eighteen (18) credits in Criminal Justice or Police Science and six (6) years of professional fingerprint identification work requiring court testimony.
Three (3) years of permanent competitive status as an Evidence Specialist.
All employees are required to possess New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services CSLE (Certified SAFIS*Latent Examiner) Level III certification at the time of appointment to this position.
This certification must be maintained throughout employment in this position.
*Statewide Automated Fingerprint Identification System