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Author Topic: Firearm and Toolmark Examiner position at Austin Police Department, Austin, TX  (Read 2327 times)

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Offline Steven Aston

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Under general direction, uses broad, comprehensive knowledge, and standardized principles, practices, and procedures to examine, analyze, classify and identify all firearms, for Austin Police Department personnel to determine usage in a particular crime.
Duties, Functions and Responsibilities:
Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following.  Other related duties may be assigned.
  • Responds to and coordinates shooting incidents with the lead detective and/or crime scene supervisor, utilizing disciplines related to the collection and documentation of firearm  evidence. 
  • Documents according to established standard operating procedures, collects, prepares, packages, preserves, and processes evidence for examination and analysis.
  • Performs comparative analysis of legally seized firearms, ammunition components, and/or weapons. 
  • Documents the unique characteristics of firearms during a forensic examination, to include thorough inspection, temporarily repairing/restoring firearms.
  • Restores serial numbers using various processes, including acid etching, magnetic, and electrochemical methods.
  • Performs comparative analysis of gunshot residue and distance determinations.
  • Documents all firearm and toolmark examinations performed and results obtained.
  • Educates police personnel in firearm identification.
Responsibilities - Supervisor and/or Leadership Exercised:
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.
  • Knowledge of city practice, policy, procedure, statutes, ordinances, and criminal law.
  • Knowledge of the Integrated Ballistics Identification System.
  • Knowledge of the theory and application of firearms identification.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Skill in using computers and related software applications.
  • Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.
  • Skill in handling conflict and uncertain situations.
  • Skill in data analysis and problem solving.
  • Ability to work with frequent interruptions and changes in priorities.
  • Ability to train others.
  • Ability to quickly recognize and analyze irregular events.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective communication and working relationships with city employees and the public.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Graduation with a Bachelorís degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in a field related to the job. 
  • Experience may substitute for education up to a maximum of four (4) years.
Licenses and Certifications Required:
Valid Texas Class C Drivers License


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