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Class Code: 2017
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Summary Statement: Under general supervision is responsible for performing forensic examination and evaluation of computer hardware, software, electronically stored data and other computer related evidentiary materials to assist with investigations of criminal activity. Performs related duties as assigned. This is a competitive classification.

Essential Functions: (not intended to be all inclusive)

1. Conducts forensic examination of electronic evidence, including computer-related equipment, network devices, and information systems.

2. Physically disassembles and examines computers and related hardware.

3. Uses forensic software applications to analyze electronic media.

4. Examines and analyzes magnetic and optical media.

5. Collects, transports, labels, and secures evidence from crime scenes and/or during forensic processing.

6. Work with investigators and prosecutors to assist in the preparation of search warrants, investigative information, and cases for court purposes.

7. Prepare written report of forensic examination findings to include procedures used and evidence located.

8. Testify in local, state, county and federal courts as an expert witness.

9. Provide investigative and technical assistance to law enforcement agencies.

10. Research legal issues and case law as it relates to computer forensics.

11. Prepares and presents a variety of training programs.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required: Knowledge of:

1. applicable federal, state, county and or city statutes, rules, regulations, ordinances, codes, administrative orders, case law, department policies and procedures.

2. LANs, WANs, and computer systems to include computer systems security and computer systems networks.

3. standard computer software including databases, spreadsheets, word documents, and operating systems.

4. internet, web browsers, search engines, and e-mail systems.

5. forensic software.

6. legal terminology and court processes.

7. research methods related to forensic analysis.

8. ANSI ASCII character sets as well as binary, decimal and hexadecimal.

Skill in:

1. examining and analyzing computer hardware, software, and electronically stored data pertaining to law enforcement investigations.

2. identifying, analyzing and documenting evidence of crimes.

3. interviewing suspects and witnesses.

4. providing expert testimony.

5. restoring deleted files and accessing secured data.

6. recognizing evidence of criminal activity.

7. training and instructing others in computer crimes analysis.

8. researching, reading, and interpreting technical/analytical data.

9. comprehending technical and non-technical materials.

10. prioritizing tasks to meet deadlines.

11. establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with staff, coworkers, and representatives from other agencies, including those contacted in the course of conducting business.

12. communicating orally and in writing.

13. researching, gathering, organizing and analyzing data and drawing logical conclusions.

14. the use of computer software programs.

15. operating computer hardware, keyboards and peripheral devices.

16. reading, understanding, interpreting and applying statutes, rules, regulations, ordinances, codes, administrative orders, case law, policies, procedures, guidelines and directives.

Ability to:

1. present data in a clear and understandable manner.

2. exercise sound judgement in safeguarding/ disseminating confidential or sensitive information.

3. communicate orally and in writing to all levels.

4. read, comprehend and interpret complex information including directions/instructions.

5. plan, organize, coordinate and prioritize multiple tasks and projects.

6. perform detailed work with a high degree of accuracy.


Work is performed in an office setting. May be required to travel. May be required to carry up to 40 pounds.


All applicants must successfully complete the examination process.

Must be able to obtain a valid State of Arizona driver license

Minimum Qualifications: Requires a high school diploma or GED and three (3) years of experience in computer forensics and/or computer operations, computer programming, computer systems analysis, criminal investigations, intelligence analysis, or closely related experience. Certification and/or training directly related to the field of computer forensics may substitute for years of experience on a case by case basis.

Progression to the next pay level/step requires an overall performance rating of at least "Standard" in the last 12 months.

All levels must successfully complete the examination process.

FSLA Status: Non-Exempt


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Current as of: 7/25/2014 10:05:28 PM