Chicago Police DepartmentEmployee Resource E05-11
Application for Firearms Identification Technician I
Issue Date:21 February 2012Effective Date:21 February 2012
Rescinds:Version dated 12 July 2005; D05-23
Index Category:Career Development
I.Purpose
This directive delineates the eligibility requirements, application procedures, and selection process for Firearms Identification Technician I.
II.Assignment and Duties
Firearms Identification Technician I will:
  • A.be assigned to the Forensic Services Division.
  • B.practice firearm safety by ensuring that firearms submitted to the Forensic Services Division are unloaded prior to being processed.
  • C.prepare firearms worksheets on the eTrack system for firearms that are submitted to the Forensic Services Section.
  • D.enter inventory information into the eTrack inventory system.
  • E.determine if firearms are to be sent to the Illinois State Police Forensic Science Center - Chicago for processing or to the Evidence and Recovered Property Section for storage.
  • F.disassemble weapons to determine if weapons are operational or have been altered.
  • G.test-fire weapons and forward test results to the Illinois State Police Forensic Science Center - Chicago for entry into the Integrated Ballistic Identification System (IBIS).
  • H.testify in court on the operating condition of individual weapons and the weapon’s mechanical functions.
  • I.perform related duties as required by directive or by a supervisor.
III.Eligibility
By the close of the application period, a member who is interested in applying for the position of a Firearms Identification Technician I must:
  • A.be a sworn member below the rank of sergeant.
  • B.have a minimum of three years of continuous service as a sworn member with the Chicago Police Department combined with one year of:
    • 1.armorer training; or
    • 2.gunsmith experience; or
    • 3.one continuous year of forensic laboratory experience in processing firearms.
  • C.be able to perform the duties of Firearms Identification Technician I as enumerated in Item II of this directive.
  • D.be able to work any watch assignment.
  • E.be willing to change furlough to attend training.
  • F.have received performance ratings above the minimum rating score necessary to qualify for a step increase as defined in the Department directive entitled “Performance Evaluation System” for each of their last four performance evaluations.
  • G.have satisfied all indebtedness to the City of Chicago at the time of application and prior to appointment.
  • H.have an acceptable disciplinary record. The candidate’s disciplinary record will be reviewed at the close of the application period and again prior to being detailed to Unit 177 for an evaluation period. The candidate’s disciplinary record cannot reflect any sustained Complaint Register (CR) investigation for misconduct resulting in a suspension of more than ten days or a record of three or more sustained CR numbers resulting in suspensions during the past five years.
    NOTE:
    Sustained CR numbers with findings of “No Disciplinary Action” will not be considered as sustained violations for purposes of this selection process. Candidates with pending grievances concerning discipline will be allowed to apply for the position of Firearms Identification Technician I and their application will be considered if the candidates disciplinary record is modified or expunged as a result of a successful grievance such that the outcome of the grievance results in a disciplinary record that meets the disciplinary standards set in this directive.
IV.Application Procedures
  • A.The application for Firearms Identification Technician I is now available on the Department intranet. The application can be obtained from the Department’s “Intranet Services” main page by selecting Bureau Sites, then selecting Bureau of Administration, and then selecting Human Resources Division. The member will choose “Firearms Identification Technician I Application” and enter his or her PC number and star number in the format requested. A confirmation page is displayed after the member has successfully registered and should be printed for the member’s records.
  • B.In addition to the application, candidates must submit a resume. The resume must explain in detail the level of experience the candidate possesses regarding the duties listed in Item II of this directive. It is important that contact information be supplied for the verification of any previous forensic experience outside the Department. The resume must be received by to the Human Resources Division, Career Development Section by the application process deadline. The application process is not complete until the resume is received. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that the application and resume are received by the Human Resources Division prior to the close of the application period.
    NOTE:
    A resume confirmation will be returned to the candidate within ten days of receipt by the Human Resources Division. Any member who does not receive a receipt should call the Human Resources Division.
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V.Selection Process
  • A.Candidates meeting the eligibility criteria listed in Item III will be scheduled for a structured practical examination.
  • B.The practical examination will be scored on a 100-point scale.
  • C.The following process will be used to create a list of eligible candidates:
    • 1.Practical Examination - Candidates will be required to demonstrate familiarity with a variety of firearms, render firearms “safe,” and field strip certain firearms.
    • 2.Seniority - Candidates will be placed on an eligibility list on the basis of their practical examination scores. Seniority will be used to resolve any ties.
  • D.Members will not be compensated for participating in any portion the of selection process during off-duty hours. The station supervisor or designated unit supervisor will excuse a member who has been scheduled for an interview during duty hours provided that the station supervisor or designated unit supervisor were notified by the affected member at least forty-eight hours prior to the scheduled interview.
  • E.Management reserves the right to fill 20 percent of the vacancies at its discretion without regard to seniority, provided that the vacancy is filled with a candidate from the eligibility list.
VI.Additional Conditions
  • A.Candidates will be detailed to Unit 177 for a forty workday evaluation period and training, in rank order (or by management selection), off the eligibility list as vacancies occur and approval to fill the vacancies is obtained.
    NOTE:
    If the evaluation period is interrupted for any reason, the probationary period will be suspended until the member resumes the duties related to training and probation.
  • B.Candidates must undergo and pass a drug screen test at the time the forty workday evaluation period begins.
  • C.Upon successful completion of the evaluation period, candidates will be appointed to the position of Firearms Identification Technician I.
VII.Candidate Evaluation
If, after appointment as a Firearms Identification Technician I, a member demonstrates a lack of knowledge, skills, or abilities necessary for the job, or is unable to perform the essential functions of the assignment, or exhibits problematic behavior, the member will be subject to removal from the assignment of Firearms Identification Technician I.
(Items indicated by italic/double underline were added or revised)
Garry F. McCarthy
Superintendent of Police
T05-053 / 12-003 RDR/PMD