Chicago Police DepartmentEmployee Resource E05-18
Application for Police Forensic Investigator II
Issue Date:21 February 2012Effective Date:21 February 2012
Rescinds:Version dated 15 February 2005; D05-04
Index Category:Career Development
I.Purpose
This directive delineates the eligibility requirements, application procedures, and selection process for the position of Police Forensic Investigator II.
II.Assignment and Duties
Police Forensic Investigator II will:
  • A.be assigned to the Forensic Services Division.
  • B.provide supervision, as delineated below, for the following sections of the Forensic Services Division:
    • 1.Evidence Evaluation Team - Ensure that evidence is received, dried, properly packaged, sealed, entered into eTrack, and accompanied by the proper paperwork.
    • 2.Firearms Team - Ensure that firearms evidence is properly packaged, sealed, entered into the Departments inventory tracking system (eTrack), and is accompanied by the proper paperwork.
    • 3.Forensic Services Support Team - Ensure that narcotic evidence is properly packaged, sealed, entered into eTrack, and accompanied by the proper paperwork.
    • 4.Laser Team - Ensure that latent-fingerprint evidence is properly packaged, sealed, entered into eTrack, and accompanied by the proper paperwork.
    • 5.Mobile Crime Lab and Evidence Technicians - Ensure that assignments are prioritized and evaluated. Reassign, when necessary, certain requests for service to evidence technicians.
    • 6.Photography Team - Ensure that requests for photographs have been properly completed and submitted for processing.
    • 7.Polygraph Team - Ensure that requests for polygraph examinations are directed to this section during normal business hours and that a polygraph examiner is contacted for examinations conducted after normal business hours and on weekends.
  • C.ensure that Department policies are enforced and chain of custody is maintained when evidence is presented at the Forensic Services Division desk by other units within the Department. This includes approving inventories, checking for proper packaging, and routing of evidence to the appropriate section for evaluation and/or submission to the Illinois State Police Forensic Science Center-Chicago.
  • D.coordinate the maintenance, inspection, and availability of supplies for Forensic Services Division equipment and instruments and the Intoximeter EC/IR instruments used in the district stations.
  • E.act as liaison between the Chicago Police Department and the Illinois State Police Forensic Science Center-Chicago to ensure that evidence is submitted properly and in a timely manner.
  • F.assume responsibility for the security and preservation of Forensic Services Division records, reports, and film negatives as well as supervising the filling of subpoena requests for the above items.
  • G.have working knowledge of computers and software such as Word, Excel, Access, and similar software systems.
  • H.perform related duties as required by directive or supervisory personnel.
III.Eligibility
By the close of the application period, a member who is interested in applying for the position of a Police Forensic Investigator II must:
  • A.be a sergeant of police and have a minimum of three years in grade as a sergeant with the Chicago Police Department.
  • B.be a sergeant who is currently a supervisor in the Forensic Services Division or who has previously worked as a supervisor in the Forensic Services Division for at least one year or who has had previous employment experience working as a supervisor in the forensics field.
  • C.be able to perform the duties of a Police Forensic Investigator II as enumerated in Item II of this directive.
  • D.be able and willing to work any watch assignment.
  • E.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 the last four performance evaluations.
  • F.have satisfied all indebtedness to the City of Chicago at the time of application and prior to appointment.
  • G.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 candidates 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 Forensic Investigator II and their applications will be considered if the candidate’s 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 for Police Forensic Investigator II is now available on the Department Intranet. 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 II 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, by the determined application 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, Career Development Section.
  • C.Proxy applications will be allowed under limited circumstances, such as military duty. The candidate’s proxy will contact The Human Resources Division, Career Development Section, for submission of a proxy application prior to the close of the application period.
V.Selection Process
  • A.Candidates will be scored on a 100-point scale and placed on an eligibility list based upon the following:
    • 1.An oral interview conducted by the Commander, Forensic Services Division, the Forensic Investigator III, and a lieutenant currently assigned to the Forensic Services Division. Candidates will be notified of the date, time, and location of the interview. The interview will consist of questions regarding:
      • a.crime scene protection;
      • b.crime scene processing;
      • c.evidence handling; and
      • d.inventory procedures.
    • 2.Candidates will be placed on an eligibility list on the basis of their scores. Seniority will be used to resolve any ties.
  • B.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.
  • C.Members will not be compensated for participating in any portion 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 was notified by the affected member at least forty-eight hours prior to the scheduled interview.
VI.Additional Conditions
  • A.Candidates will be detailed to Unit 177 for a ninety work-day evaluation period as vacancies occur and approval to fill the vacancies is obtained.
    NOTE:
    If the probationary 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 ninety work-day evaluation period begins.
  • C.Upon successful completion of the evaluation period, candidates will be appointed to the position of Police Forensic Investigator II.
VII.Candidate Evaluation
If, after appointment as a Police Forensic Investigator II, a member demonstrates a lack of knowledge, skills, or abilities necessary for the assignment; is unable to perform the duties of the position; or exhibits problematic behavior, the member will be subject to removal from the position of Police Forensic Investigator II.
(Items indicated by italic/double underline were added or revised)
Garry F. McCarthy
Superintendent of Police
04-278 / 12-003 RDR(PMD)/JB