STATE CLASSIFICATION JOB DESCRIPTION


Salary Group B19

Class No. 6084

FORENSIC PHOTOGRAPHER I

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Performs complex (journey-level) forensic image analysis work.  Work involves the scientific examination, documentation, comparison, and evaluation of photographic, video, and digital evidence in legal matters.  May train others.  Works under general supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED

Examines and analyzes recorded audio, video, and photographic media for enhancement, authenticity, voice, and photographic comparisons, signal analysis, and repair of damaged media.

Prepares technical reports of photographic and scientific examination results.

Operates various types of cameras, slide duplicators, and video or digital equipment.

Documents crime scenes and participates in criminal investigations.

Testifies in court as an expert witness in the scientific analysis of audio/video/image evidence and maintains records of evidence and its disposition.

Inspects and tests camera equipment and makes modifications in photographic equipment as necessary. 

Maintains, services, and repairs photographic equipment.

Mixes and monitors photo chemistry, develops and prints black and white and color negatives, and develops and mounts color slides.

Conducts training on proper documentation techniques, equipment procedures, and evidentiary retrieval of video, audio, and images at crime scenes and investigations.

Provides instruction in photographic methods and techniques.

Assists in updating and reproducing training programs, preparing exhibits for court, meeting court deadlines, and providing video and digital services.

Assists with determining equipment and material requirements. 

May requisition photographic supplies and equipment.

May train others.

Performs related work as assigned.

GENERAL QUALIFICATION GUIDELINES

Experience and Education

Experience in forensic image and photographic analysis work.  Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in photography, forensic science, digital imaging, photo-journalism, radio-television-film, or a related field is generally preferred.  Experience and education may be substituted for one another.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of the use of various types of cameras, video, and digital imaging equipment; of photo techniques and processes; of chain of custody procedures for evidence; and of forensic photography theories and practices.

Skill in the use of cameras and peripheral equipment; in developing and processing film, photos, and videos; and in the use of a computer and applicable software.

Ability to implement photographic principles and techniques, to learn specialized methods and techniques, to communicate effectively, and to train others.


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