A class incumbent is responsible for traveling statewide collecting, tagging, securing and preserving the chain of custody for controlled substance evidence submitted to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
Nature and Scope
A class incumbent reports to a technical superior and is responsible for traveling statewide collecting, tagging, securing and preserving the chain of custody for controlled substance evidence submitted by police agencies. In addition, the incumbent informs law enforcement officers of the appropriate chain of custody maintenance process. A class incumbent is responsible for maintaining records on these cases as well as testifying in court about the evidence collection process. In addition, the incumbent responds to and investigates cases of death which are under the jurisdiction of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
Collects, tags, secures and maintains a strict chain of custody for controlled substance evidence submitted by law enforcement agencies in the State for analysis.
Establishes and maintains case records.
Testifies in court about the controlled substance collection process.
Responds to death scenes and conducts an investigation involving questioning police, medical personnel, family members, associates, friends and co-workers etc.
Gathers data and evidence from the death scene to be used in determining the cause and manner of death.
Prepares completed investigative reports.
Photographs the death scene as well as the body at the scene and in the autopsy room.
Transports the body to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in such a manner so as not to disturb any evidence.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities is to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KSA’s listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class.
Knowledge of various drugs, chemical substances, drug paraphernalia and chain of custody protocol;
Knowledge of investigative techniques and procedures relative to death scenes and in particular unnatural deaths (suicides, homicides, accidents, etc.);
Knowledge of data and evidence gathering techniques with emphasis on collection, tagging and preservation of same.
Knowledge of photographic techniques relative to forensic photography and its related equipment.
Skill in interrogation techniques and particularly in dealing with distraught family members, friends, co-workers and acquaintances of decedents who may have been witnesses to the death.
Skill in removing and transporting bodies in such a manner as not to disturb forensic evidence.
Ability to work under adverse and extremely unpleasant conditions such as abnormal sights, sounds and odors;
Ability to deal effectively with highly emotional situations and personnel.
Ability to endure physical stresses which may occur in recovering bodies from unusual or hard to get to locations.
Ability to maintain strict chain of custody in accordance with established protocol.
JOB REQUIREMENTS for Forensic Evidence Specialist Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:
Six months experience in collecting, tagging, securing, and preserving evidence.
Six months experience in record keeping.
Knowledge of forensic, medical, and legal terminology.
Possession of a valid Driver's License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).