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Author Topic: Firearms Examiners for Iraq/Afghanistan  (Read 11730 times)

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Offline PKocher

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Firearms Examiners for Iraq/Afghanistan
« on: August 12, 2008, 09:09:18 PM »
Several Firearms Examiners are being sought for employment as civilian contractors supporting US military activity on-base in Iraq and possibly Afghanistan.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: examine and render all evidence safe for handling; provide guidance and expertise to Latent Print Examiners as to likely locations of latent prints on each firearm or weapon-related piece of evidence(this may entail adjusting firearm/weapon/accessory to expose surface wherein latent prints can be found); examine evidence item for any signs that indicate make, model, modifications, place of origin, manufacturer or maker and serial numbers and record these observations; for those evidence items designed to fire projectiles, examine item in detail to determine if item can safely fire projectiles and clearly tag evidence item as “Safe to Fire” or “NOT Safe to Fire” (judgment is based on experience and best professional judgment);  in the event the evidence item is determined safe to fire, draw appropriate standard reference ammunition and test fire weapon into projectile catch pit using remote or direct firing device as deemed appropriate, and then retrieve the projectile and cartridge case (if appropriate), bag and tag in association with evidence item number; enter the test fired projectiles and cartridges into the Integrated Ballistic Information System (IBIS) machine along with necessary data fields assigned; utilize the IBIS to query data bases and identify potential likely matches to previously enrolled firearms exhibits--likely matches shall be examined to make independent determination of goodness of match using best professional judgment; perform a hands-on comparison of projectiles and cartridge cases to assess whether they are likely produced by the same firearm; examine evidence items for unique or indicative toolmarks, using magnification x-ray and photographic techniques as desired to best exploit evidence and observe any direction from the Laboratory OIC related to non-destructive testing; capture still images at 1000 dpi or greater using provided digital photographic equipment, of each evidence item and relevant key portions of the evidence item or other exhibits to support further analysis, conclusions and documentation; document examination results/findings in a standard firearms and toolmark examination report and have a Second Examiner co-sign if verification is agreed, or have Secondary Examiner deliver a separate, signed reported stating his/her conclusions; report the results of all examinations; electronic copies of all reports shall be provided to the Laboratory OIC; and ensure that an electronic back-up copy of all new or draft reports is made before the end of each work day.

Must: be qualified within their department with recent full time firearms examination employment experience; have a Bachelor's degree in the field of criminalistics, forensics, or related field and three (3) to five (5) years of experience in a work unit engaged in firearms identification (a journey-level firearms examiner from ASCLD/LAB or ISO accredited laboratory) required  (applicants who do not possess the required education may substitute additional experience as indicated on a year for year basis with thirty (30) semester hour credits being equal to one (1) year of experience [120 hours=Bachelor’s degree]); be a current member with and either already possess or be currently eligible to obtain certification with AFTE; be a US citizen and possess current US passport; be able to successfully pass proficiency testing prior to and periodically during employment with the company as directed by the company and/or by the government Laboratory Director; have intermediate level competency in PhotoShop and Microsoft Office Suite programs (Word, Excel, and Outlook); be physically able and willing to rotationally deploy to either Iraq or Afghanistan for a minimum of six months a year; be able to obtain a US Secret Clearance and US Passport; and attend pre-deployment training.

I3 has very competitive salaries and a generous benefits package.  Free food, lodging, and transportation provided for all tours. Please apply and attach your resume on our website,,  in the Careers section. EOE

Questions? Please contact: Pam Kocher, Administrator, WV Operations
(304) 641-0958


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