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Offline Jonathan Pope

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Firearms Examiner - Washington, DC
« on: August 04, 2008, 08:15:58 AM »
The DC Metropolitan Police Department is now accepting applications for the position of Firearms Examiner.

POSITION:  Firearms Identification Specialist, CS 301 - 9/11

OPENING DATE:           08/04/2008

CLOSING DATE:           08/15/2008


Incumbent is responsible for receiving incoming evidence and conducts simple preliminary examinations of actual evidence by examination of specimens.  Logs in all firearms and/or firearms evidence in the Laboratory Control Book and Property Book.  Performs routine functional test on evidence firearms by firing weapons into the water recovery tank and records information on the test fired weapons, such as proper identification of the manufacturer, the model, serial number and caliber of the weapon.  As necessary or maybe required to appear in court to testify as a witness in cases related to laboratory work performed or participated in.  Utilizes a high degree of mechanical aptitude, read and interprets schematic and line drawings and analyzes the mechanisms of firearms for the purpose of assessing possibility of accidental discharges and diagnosis of reasons for such malfunctions.   Independently conduct all examinations in the area of firearms, tool-marks, and fracture identification.  These examinations involve using the most advanced techniques and expertise necessary to obtain forensic laboratory results, which includes innovative macroscopic and microscopic examination techniques to include bunter marks, ejection patterns, ballistic trajectory and barrel casting.  Research, adapt and develop new technological advances to forensic problems and advises Unit Chief on these matters and on other forensic related topics.  Conduct lecture at Metropolitan Police Department and other Law Enforcement agencies seminars. Performs other job related duties as assigned.


Candidates must have one (1) year of specialized experience. Specialized Experience is experience that has demonstrated accomplishment of computer project assignments that required a wide range of knowledge of computer requirements and techniques pertinent to the position to be filled.  To be creditable, specialized experience must have been at least equivalent to the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression.  Time-in-grade requirements are applicable.  Substitution of education for experience will be allowed as defined by the X-118 Qualifications Standards.  However, in order to receive credit, you must submit official proof with your application.

1.   Knowledge of the mission, priorities, commitments, policies, and goals of the Department, and the Firearms Identification Unit’s protocols and procedures as it pertains to the identification and handling of firearms.
2.   Ability and skill to operate such laboratory equipment such as: industrial balance scales (mechanical and electronic), micrometer, venier caliper, microscopes (stereo and comparison), chemical mixing equipment, and various types of 35mm camera equipment, etc.

3.   Ability to present clear, convincing court testimony and withstand vigorous cross-examination under unfriendly conditions.

4.   Broad knowledge of the firearms identification discipline; technical terms and nomenclature used in firearms identification, and have specialized knowledge of the chemical procedures and equipment used.


For additional detailed information and procedures please view the attached vacancy announcement.

Also, you may contact Executive Director Karen A. Wiggins at (202) 727-4416 or via email at
Jonathan Pope
FEU Unit Manager | DC Department of Forensic Sciences (DFS)
Office: 202-442-8369 | Cell: 202-617-7906 | Email:
401 E. Street SW, 4th Floor | Washington DC, 20024 |


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