8260 Criminalist II (Firearm and Toolmark)

Recruitment #PBT-8260-067784


8260 Criminalist II - Firearm and Toolmark

This is a Position Based Test administered in accordance with Civil Service Rule 111A.

Position Description: The San Francisco Police Department has one ( 1 ) full-time position in our Firearm and Toolmark Unit of the Crime Lab. Under supervision performs sophisticated collection, analysis and evaluation of firearm and toolmark related evidence utilizing standardized and industry accepted techniques to classify, compare and identify a variety of firearms, cartridges, cartridge cases, bullets, toolmarks and similarly related evidence. Conducts complete scientific test of firearms evidence utilizing chemical and microscopic techniques and instrumentation which may include comparison microscopes, forensic photography, lasers, x-ray cameras and computer networking linked to federal, state and local databases; documents findings; prepares technical written reports of laboratory examinations and communicates directly with law enforcement, attorneys, and various agencies regarding results found; prepares evidence in order to provide expert court testimony as to findings; maintains records and files, stores evidence, keeps abreast of scientific advancements in forensic fields by attending conferences, reading technical journals, seminars, and training sessions.

Essentials Duties & Responsibilities:

1. Examines and classifies the make, model and serial number of firearms and munitions in connection with criminal investigations using various laboratory equipment and systems.

2. Researches established methodologies and relevant literature to determine applicable methods to be used in each specific situation.

3. Reviews files and images that have been entered into local and national firearm databases for potential associations (NIBIN Database).

4. Restores by physical or chemical etching process to identify fracture match, toolmarks or serial numbers which have been removed or obliterated from firearm related evidence.

5. Test fires weapons in water tanks, cotton wadding and/or other recovery systems to determine possible use in criminal activities.

6. Performs trigger pull analysis to determine ballistic information related to firearm and crime scene.

7. Takes photographs employing photo micrographic techniques during analytical comparison

8. Performs render-safe procedures in the unloading of weapons which are compromised, unsafe, or unfamiliar to Department members

9. Maintains chain of custody and integrity of evidence under their control.

10. Prepare reports on all evidence examination, which include description of weapon and /or ammunition and tests results or comparisons

11. Maintains report files, ensuring proper evidence storage in accordance with standard operating procedures.

12. Interprets/evaluates examination results to determine their validity, scientific significance, and the evidentiary value that will provide

13. Testifies in court as to the findings of tests performed in the laboratory and concerning general firearms examination science.

14. Performs routine preventative maintenance on equipment and quality control procedures to preserve use longevity and efficiency.

15. Performs related duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in criminal justice, police science, criminalistics, forensic science, physical science, natural science, industrial technology, or related field of studies; AND

2. Two Years of casework experience in a laboratory performing duties of a Firearm and Tool Mark examiner (equivalent to the City's 8259 Criminalist I). AND

3. Membership in (or qualified to be accepted as a member within six months of appointment) of the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE); AND

4. Possession of a valid driver’s license.

Desirable Qualifications:

· Firearms Evidence Examination & ID Certificate from Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners

· Toolmarks Evidence Examination & ID Certification from Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners

· Gunshot Residue Evidence & ID Certification from Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners

The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.

How To Apply

Applications for the City and County of San Francisco jobs are being accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to begin the application process.

Once at the website:

· Click and select the 8260 Criminalist II, Firearm & Toolmark (CBT-8260-067784)

·Click on “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information

· Click on "I am a New User" if you have not previously registered, or “I have REGISTERED PREVIOUSLY”

· Follow instructions given on the screen Interested candidates are encouraged to immediately apply.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact Danielle Poole, Sr. Personnel Analyst at 1 (415) 837-7382 or email danielle.poole@sfgov.org.

Resumes may be attached to the application; however, resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application. Computer kiosks are available for public use in the lobby of the Department of Human Resources, 1 South Van Ness, 4th Floor, San Francisco. The hours of operation are from8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Selection Procedures

Oral Examination (Weight 100%):

Candidates will be tested to determine their relative knowledge, skill and ability levels in the 8260 Criminalist II, Firearm & Toolmark Examiner job-related areas including: Interpersonal Skills; Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in writing; and Oral communication Skills.

Certification Rule:

The certification rule for the ranked eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Three (3) Scores. The hiring department may administer additional position-specific selection procedures to make final hiring decisions.


Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications requirement by the filing date.

Eligible List:

The eligible list resulting from this examination is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission. The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be six (6) months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

Background Investigation (Qualifying):

 Prior to employment with the San Francisco Police Department, a thorough background investigation will be conducted to determine the candidate’s suitability for employment. The investigation may include, but not be limited to: criminal history records, driving records, drug/alcohol screening, and other related employment and personal history records. Reasons for rejection may include use of controlled substances and alcohol, felony conviction, repeated or serious violations of the law, inability to work with co-workers, inability to accept supervision, inability to follow rules and regulations or other relevant factors. Candidates may be required to undergo drug/alcohol screening, and must clear Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation fingerprinting. Criminal records will be carefully reviewed; candidates who do not report their complete criminal records on their applications will be disqualified. Applicants will be fingerprinted.

Conviction History

As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates applying for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates applying for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.



Reasonable Accommodation Request:

Applicants with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation for this process must contact the Sr. Personnel Analyst, Danielle Poole by phone at 1(415) 837-7382 or if hearing impaired, 1(415) 575-6082 (TTY), or in writing at San Francisco Police Department, Staff Services Division – 1245 -3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94158 Attn: 8260 Criminalist II as soon as possible. Information on requesting reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities can be found at: http://www.sfgov.org/site/sfdhr_page.asp?id=46205#applicants_with_disabilities.

Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at:

Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at:

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:

Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20 or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams:
Information regarding seniority credit can be found at:

Terms of Announcement and Appeal Rights

Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. [Note: The correction of clerical errors in an announcement may be posted on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.] The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 110.4. Such appeals must be submitted in writing to the Department of Human Resources, 1 S Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-5413 by close of business on the 5th business day following the issuance date of this examination announcement. Information concerning other Civil Service Commission Rules involving announcements, applications and examination policies, including applicant appeal rights, can be found on the Civil Service Commission website at http://sfgov.org/civilservice/rules.

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams: Information regarding seniority credit can be found at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#senioritycredit

Exam Type: Combined Promotive and Entrance (CPE)
Issued: June 6, 2016
Micki Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number:8260-067784



All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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