Chicago Police DepartmentEmployee Resource E05-17
Application for Police Forensic Investigator I
Issue Date:21 February 2012Effective Date:21 February 2012
Rescinds:Version dated 16 March 2005; D05-08
Index Category:Career Development
I.Purpose
This directive delineates the eligibility requirements, application procedures, and selection process for Police Forensic Investigator I.
II.Assignment and Duties
Police Forensic Investigators I will:
  • A.be assigned to the Forensic Services Division.
  • B.search for, collect, mark, photograph, and preserve evidence and latent fingerprints at crime scenes or any other incident for which the services of the Crime Scene Processing Unit have been requested.
  • C.collect, mark, preserve evidence and fingerprints from homicide victims at the Medical Examiners Office.
  • D.use cameras, fingerprint powders, brushes, small hand tools, alternative light sources, and any other equipment necessary to process crime scenes.
  • E.administer Gun Shot Residue (GSR) tests to individuals suspected to have used a firearm.
  • F.fingerprint, photograph, and perform other tests on a hospitalized individual (suspect or victim) as required.
  • G.perform other duties as required.
III.Eligibility
By the close of the application period, a member who is interested in applying for the position of a Police Forensic Investigator I must:
  • A.be a sworn member below the rank of a sergeant and:
    • 1.have a minimum of two years in grade as an evidence technician; or
    • 2.had previous comparable employment experience working in the forensics field.
      NOTE:
      The resume required in Section IV-B should contain all the information necessary for the Department to verify any previous outside experience which must have been performed for two years at the time of application.
  • B.be a police officer who:
    • 1.is currently assigned as an evidence technician;
    • 2.was previously assigned as an evidence technician for a minimum of two years; or
    • 3.has had two years comparable forensics field experience.
      NOTE:
      Members with less than two years in grade as an evidence technician will not be appointed to the position of Police Forensic Investigator I until the two years in grade are complete. The resume required in Section IV-B should contain all the information necessary for the Department to verify any previous outside experience which must have been performed for two years at the time of application.
  • C.be able and willing to work any watch assignment.
  • D.be willing to change furlough to attend training.
  • E.have a minimum of three years of continuous service as a sworn member with the Chicago Police Department.
  • F.have received performance ratings above the minimum rating score necessary to qualify for a step increase 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) numbers 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 Police Officer Assigned as Police Forensic Investigator I and their applications 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 forth in this directive.
IV.Application Procedures
  • A.The application can be obtained from the Department’s Intranet home page by selecting Bureau Sites, then selecting Bureau of Administration, and then selecting Human Resources Division. The member will choose “Forensic Investigator 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 submitted to the Human Resources Division, Career Development Section. 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, Career Development Section 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, Career Development Section. Any member who does not receive a receipt should call the Human Resources Division, Career Development Section.
  • C.Proxy applications will be allowed under limited circumstances, such as military duty.
V.Selection Process
  • A.Candidates meeting the eligibility criteria listed in Item III will be scheduled for a practical examination and be notified of the date, time, and location of the examination.
  • B.All eligible candidates must successfully complete a practical examination to be administered by the Forensic Services Division. The practical examination will consist of processing a crime scene to include crime scene search, photography, evidence collection, inventory, packaging of evidence, and report writing.
  • C.The practical examination will be scored as follows:
    • 1.crime scene search (maximum 25 points);
    • 2.report writing (maximum 65 points);
    • 3.photography (maximum 75 points); and
    • 4.evidence collection, inventory and packaging of evidence (maximum 85 points), for a total of 250 points.
  • D.Members scoring 70 percent (175 points) or above will be placed on an eligibility list on the basis of their score. Seniority will be used to resolve any ties that may occur.
  • E.Members will not be compensated for participating in any portion of the selection process during off-duty hours. The station supervisor or designated unit supervisor will excuse a member who has been scheduled for testing during duty hours provided that the station supervisor or designated unit supervisor was notified by the affected member at least forty-eight hours prior to the scheduled testing.
  • F.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.
  • G.Selection process will be conducted during a predetermined week at the Education and Training Division. Notifications will be sent out by the Forensics Services Division regarding exact date, time, and location.
VI.Additional Conditions
  • A.Candidates will be detailed to Unit 177 for a thirty workday evaluation period 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 thirty workday evaluation period begins.
  • C.Upon successful completion of the evaluation period, candidates will be appointed to the position of Police Forensic Investigator I.
VII.Candidate Evaluation
Candidates will be evaluated daily on their field work and equipment usage. If, after appointment as a Police Forensic Investigator I, a member demonstrates a lack of knowledge, skills, or abilities necessary for the job, is unable to perform the essential functions of the assignment, or exhibits problematic behavior, the member may be subject to removal from the assignment of Police Forensic Investigator I.
(Items indicated by italic/double underline were added or revised)
Garry F. McCarthy
Superintendent of Police
05-013 / 12-003 RDR(PMD)/JB