Forensic Services Assistant - Hamilton Police Service
City of Hamilton
Hamilton, ON
Hamilton Police Service (HPS)

HPS provides policing to over 536,000 residents in the City of Hamilton. In 2016, HPS answered over 194,000 911 calls for assistance, and responded to over 301,000 events in the community. We have over 1,200 employees and our mission is to serve and protect in partnership with our communities.

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1 Special Constable position

City of Hamilton PeopleSoft Posting Job ID #14908

Notice/Date: January 18, 2019

Job Title & No.: Forensic Services Assistant

Reports to: Detective Sergeant, Forensic Services Branch

Job Location: Based out of the Central Police Station, 155 King William St, Hamilton, ON, but will need to attend other locations throughout Hamilton, as required

Hours of Work: Rotating shift schedule covering a 24 hour rotation, working either 12 hour night shifts (1600-0400), 11 hour day shifts (0700-1800), or 10 hour day shifts on Sundays (0700-1700)

Salary: $66,010 to $77,662 per annum (As of January 1, 2017); Subject to Joint Job Review after the first six (6) months

Updated: April 2018

Job Summary
Under the direction of the Detective Sergeant of the Forensic Services Branch, the Forensic Services Assistant will provide support to the Divisions and the Forensic Services Branch as part of the Mobile Response Unit (MRU), by examining crime scenes and articles associated with crimes, collecting fingerprints and other physical evidence, photographing evidence, crime scenes, and victims’ injuries, and downloading and processing crime scene and taxi videos. Responsibilities may also include firearms examinations, and giving evidence in Court, in relation to the above duties.
General Duties
Attend crime scenes, in order to examine, collect, preserve, process, and evaluate evidence.
Liaise with Investigators to obtain relevant information regarding a scene, and develop a course of action to interpret or locate physical evidence at a crime scene, utilizing HPS Operating Policies and Procedures.
Assess and accurately document crime scenes prior to forensic examination and/or disturbance.
Collect and preserve evidence for laboratory or forensic analysis.
Examine and photograph crime scenes and seized articles for trace evidence.
Consult and communicate with Lead Investigators regarding strategies and priorities for Criminal Investigations.
Collect DNA from crime scenes, in the form of blood, saliva, and other bodily fluids.
Attend sudden death scenes and post mortems to provide photographic services, and collect and document evidence.
Process, secure, and monitor all Forensic Evidence in Forensics Property Room Storage.
Take digital images off cameras, and download to digital share files on the computer network.
Download and process crime scene and taxi video files.
Maintain process logs using a variety of software (e.g. Avid/Ocean Systems, Photoshop, Excel, etc.), to document steps taken during the processing of physical and electronic evidence, and preserve the chain of custody.
Attend Court, in order to provide evidence as a witness for criminal and/or provincial proceedings.
Create reports through NICHE Records Management System (RMS).
Examine and review the MRU Task Box, in order to obtain and fulfill requests for Scenes of Crime Examinations.
Respond to emails and calls from Officers with regards to crime scenes.
Complete a detailed notebook of daily events, in accordance with Hamilton Police Service Policy and Procedure 1.12

Ensure equipment and supplies are available and operational, on a continual basis. Assess stock levels for Divisional MRU Officers, and restock as necessary. Enhance level of expertise and forensic knowledge through courses, seminars, and examinations.

Perform other duties, as assigned, which are related to the major responsibilities of the job.

Supervisory Responsibilities: Not applicable.

Working Conditions: Regular office environment, but will need to travel to and from various locations. Work may be performed in an environment with exposure to disagreeable conditions, such as attending scenes of crime and homes in disagreeable conditions, and dealing with irate members of the public. May need to work under consoles or above drop ceilings in order to locate and/or work on equipment or investigate physical structures as part of the video downloading process, as well as work outside in all kinds of weather. Duties involve exposure to highly confidential and sensitive information which cannot be shared except in the course of judicial proceedings or pursuant to the order of a Command Officer or Supervisor.

Physical & Sensory Demands/Dexterity: Assignments will involve activities such as reading, writing, keyboarding, talking, listening, sitting, walking, standing, crouching, lifting, using ladders, reaching over head-level, and driving.

Training: Initial/Annual Special Constable and Use of Force Block Training to obtain and maintain a Special Constable Appointment, including one (1) day HPS DNA training, plus two (2) weeks of HPS Mobile Response/Scenes of Crime training, and four (4) weeks on-the-job orientation training. May also attend additional training at the Ontario Police College (OPC) and/or the Canadian Police College (CPC), as required.

Required Competencies

Education: Minimum two (2) year Community College Diploma or University Degree in Biotechnology, Laboratory Technician, Science/Forensic Sciences, or related Health/Medical Sciences. Training in photography is an asset, but is not required.

Experience: Minimum four (4) months previous experience in a laboratory or crime scene investigation environment (co-op experience is acceptable), or related experience of a similar nature to the above duties. Training or experience in the processing of video/photographs would be an asset, but is not required. Previous experience in a law enforcement/public safety environment (e.g. policing, military, customs, and/or corrections) would also be an asset, but is not required.

Certificates/Licenses/Apprenticeships: Valid Class G Driver's Licence, or the equivalent, with no more than six (6) accumulated demerit points, permitting you to drive an automobile in Ontario with full driving privileges, as well as valid Standard First Aid and CPR (Basic Rescuer Level C) certification. Must be able to obtain/keep a Special Constable Appointment designation, throughout their time in this position.

Candidates must successfully complete the HPS PREP Fitness Test, without shuttle run, if they do not have a current OACP PREP test result (see HPS PREP YouTube video for further details).
Must have a basic knowledge of the principles of photography, and the use of a digital Single-lens Reflex (SLR) camera, including technical knowledge of various camera equipment and forensic light sources.
Ability to utilize a personal computer, including word processing and spreadsheet skills (e.g. Microsoft Word and Excel) for documentation and tracking purposes. Previous experience with a Records Management System (e.g. Niche) is an asset, but is not required.

Ability to learn new software and internal systems quickly, including NICHE Records Management System (RMS), in order to obtain requests for workflow and updating reports.

Strong verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to write comprehensive yet concise, detailed and accurate reports, and give evidence in Court.

Excellent organizational, planning, and time management skills.

Strong investigative and analytical aptitude.

Ability to identify problems, implement solutions, and evaluate outcomes.

Effective team player; must be able to communicate and work cooperatively with all members of the HPS, other Services/Agencies, and members of the community, and use both formal and informal channels or networks for acquiring information and assistance, and accomplishing work goals via the chain of command.

Self-control (including the ability to work with difficult members of the public).
Ability to be open-minded and adaptable to changing situations/assignments, new ideas/information, and work processes.

Ability to take responsibility for actions, and make recommendations that are consistent with high integrity and ethical policing standards.

Ability to learn and follow policies and procedures, both formal and unwritten, informal structure, culture, and rules.

Must have good electronic filing and documentation skills, and be able to produce accurate work.

Ability to work independently, with minimal supervision.

Must be a continuous/life-long learner, who is able to quickly and successfully research and learn new related technologies and techniques in both self-learning and formal learning environments.

No criminal record for which a pardon has not been received.
Must be in good physical and medical condition, and capable of working out in the field.
Subsequent tests and assessments are dependent upon successful completion of the previous tests and assessments.

Posting Deadline and Instructions

Applications (i.e. cover letter and resume – all one document, cover letter first) are to be submitted via the City of Hamilton's Careers website, and will be reviewed on a daily basis, with a final closing date/time of 11:59 pm on February 1, 2019, and should clearly indicate what you have to offer in terms of all of the Required Competencies in either a chart or paragraph format as part of your cover letter or resume (see sample below).

Please note that there will be a quick recruitment process for this posting, which will include the following steps:

HPS PREP Test, without shuttle run, and Skill Testing
Mini-Interview and Background Security Checks
Behavioural Based Panel Interview
Full Background Investigation
Psychological Evaluation/Interview
Medical Examination/Clearance

To apply for the position you will need to:
Have/create a user name and password for the City of Hamilton Careers website
Upload an application (i.e. cover letter and resume – all one document, cover letter first) to the City of Hamilton Careers website
Complete a questionnaire as part of the online application process
Email correspondence is an essential part of the recruitment process. Ensure you include your email address, as well as your business/day phone number, your home/evening number, and/or your cell phone numbers on your application and online, to facilitate our ability to contact you. Failure to provide an e-mail address will result in your application being rejected. Also, please ensure you allow your email to accept messages from and/or check your junk mail regularly after applying.

We thank all applicants, however, only those candidates selected for testing and/or an interview will be contacted. No phone calls or emails please. We are unable to respond to all applicants.

Please note that the Hamilton Police Service is committed to the principles of equal opportunity and reflecting the diverse community that we serve. Fluency in a second language is an asset; please indicate if you are able to speak another language on your application.

The Hamilton Police Service is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes. If contacted for an employment opportunity, please advise Human Resources if you require accommodation for testing, interview, or employment purposes.

We invite you to visit the Hamilton Police Service website or Victim Services webpage to obtain further information on the Service, or visit our Careers webpage to obtain further information on career opportunities with our Police Service (e.g. Police Constable, Police Cadet, Civilian, Volunteer, and Auxiliary opportunities). Information on the Constable Selection System (CSS) can be found on the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services website.

If hired, the incumbent shall comply with all Health and Safety Policies and Practices for their position and the workplace.

By applying, you agree that the statements made by you are true, complete, and correct to the best of your knowledge. Further, you understand that any falsification of statements, misrepresentations, and/or deliberate omission or concealment of information may be considered just cause for dismissal.