Examination Method: Education and Experience, 100% for Career Service positions
Responsibilities: Depending on discipline assigned, Special Agent-Forensic Scientists must be able to analyze physical evidence such as tablets, powders, plant material and identify chemicals in these materials. Forensic Scientists examine biologic evidence like blood, urine or tissue samples for drugs, gases or other toxic substances. Some must determine the manufacturer, caliber or gauge of weapons or ammunition and compare bullets and cartridges with suspected weapons. Physical evidence such as glass, fibers, hair, paint, gunshot residue, shoe prints or tire impressions are tested and documented. The nature, type and origin of biologic or physical evidence to characterize blood and other bodily fluids is determined by Forensic Scientists in Serology/DNA. The Latent Print Unit performs chemical tests on evidence to produce visible latent prints to compare with suspect’s or victim’s prints. All must compose technical laboratory reports describing evidence examined, results and interpretation of results. Forensic Scientists testify in court as expert witnesses and provide expert opinion testimony.
*After a successful completion of a two-year training period, all Special Agent-Forensic Scientists will be promoted to the next higher class. Inadequate or marginal performance during the training period will result in demotion or termination.