Digital Forensic Analyst

Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA)
Number of Positions: 2
Under general supervision, this position with the City of Chicago’s new Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) provides support to the investigative staff in the collection and processing of various types of electronic evidence; preserves and analyses data from electronic data sources, including laptop and desktop computers, mobile devices and other sources of audio and video; and performs related duties as required.
Essential Duties:
  • Preserves, harvests, and processes electronic data according to all applicable rules and law
  • Researches and maintains proficiency in tools, techniques, and trends in digital forensic analysis
  • Assists the investigative staff in the collection and maintenance of all types of electronic evidence including audio and video material, as well as electronically stored information.
  • Conducts examinations of digital evidence and assists with the preparation of electronic evidence for litigation
  • Ensures that audio and video evidence is collected in a manner that maintains its integrity and a proper chain of custody
  • Coordinates with CPD and other city departments to ensure that all possible relevant audio and video evidence or other electronically stored information related to a COPA investigation has been acquired
  • Assists investigators in the review of audio and video evidence and other electronically stored evidence as needed
  • Coordinates with investigative support services to have relevant audio and video material prepared and converted as needed
  • Utilizes forensic techniques and forensic toolsets such as EnCase Enterprise, EnCase eDiscovery, Tableau Writeblockers and Imagers, Cellebrite and cell phone forensics and FTK suite
  • Conducts forensic audio and forensic video analysis in support of investigative needs
  • Collaborates with legal department and Public Information Officer to prepare relevant audio and video evidence for reporting, public dissemination, and litigation.
  • Advises agency administration on policies and procedures related to Chicago Police Department audio and video material (i.e. body cams, in-car camera)
  • Utilizes specialized equipment to process and enhance audio and video data files
  • Produces still images for evidentiary purposes
  • Stays abreast of sources of audio and video evidence from CPD, other city departments, and other government entities
NOTE: The list of essential duties is not intended to be inclusive; there may be other duties that are essential to particular positions within the class.
Location: 1615 W. Chicago Ave, 4th floor, Chicago, IL 60622
Days:        Monday – Friday
Hours:      9:00am – 5:00pm (on-call rotation)


Education, Training, and Experience        
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree, plus two (2) years work experience in computer forensics, forensic video analysis, forensic audio analysis, or a related discipline, or an equivalent combination of training and experience, provided the minimum degree requirement is met.
Licensure, Certification, or Other Qualifications
  • A valid State of Illinois driver’s license is required
  • Availability to work any duty watch is required
  • Availability to participate in the on-call rotation
  • One of the following certifications is preferred:
    • Certified Forensic Video Analyst (CFVA), Certified Forensic Video Technician (CFVT) from the LEVA International, Inc.
    • Forensic Video Certification from International Association for Identification (IAI)
Disclaimer – “Accredited” means any nationally or regionally accredited college, university, or law school where the applicant is enrolled in or has completed an Associates, Bachelors, Masters, or Juris Doctorate degree program.
Education & Employment Verification:  Please be advised that if you are selected to be hired you must provide, upon request, adequate information regarding your educational and employment history as it relates to the qualifications of the position for which you are applying. If you received your degree internationally, all international transcripts/diploma must be accompanied by a Foreign Credential Evaluation. If the City of Chicago cannot verify this information, any offer extended to you will be withdrawn and you will not be hired.
NOTE: You must provide your transcripts or diploma, professional license, or training certificates at time of processing, if applicable.
NOTE: You must also provide your valid U.S. driver’s license at time of processing.
NOTE: To be considered for this position you must provide information about your educational background and your work experience. You must include job titles, dates of employment, and specific job duties. (If you are a current City employee, Acting Up cannot be considered.) If you fail to provide this information at the time you submit your application, it will be incomplete and you will not be considered for this position. There are three ways to provide the information: 1) you may attach a resume; 2) you may paste a resume; or 3) you can complete the online resume fields.
This position requires applicants to complete an interview.  The interviewed candidate(s) possessing the qualifications best suited to fulfill the responsibilities of the position will be selected.
Preference will be given to candidates possessing the following:
  • Previous work experience in criminal justice
  • Previous work experience in digital forensic analysis
  • Possession of any of the following certifications: Certified Forensic Video Analyst (CFVA), Certified Forensic Video Technician (CFVT) from the LEVA International, Inc., and/or Forensic Video Certification from International Association for Identification (IAI)
VETERANS PREFERENCE NOTE:  The City of Chicago offers Veterans Preference to both current, active military personnel AND military personnel who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States and have received an honorable or general discharge.  Eligible candidates must have at least six months of active duty documented.  In order to receive the veterans preference, candidates need to indicate whether or not they are a veteran by answering “yes” or “no” to the question on the online application that asks, “Are you currently serving on active duty for at least six months in the Armed Forces of the United States OR have you served in the Armed Forces of the United States on active duty for at least six months and received an honorable or general discharge?”  In addition, you must attach documentation to verify your military service.  For veterans, you must attach a copy of your DD214 (Member Copy-4) to your online application which includes character of service status OR a letter from the United States Veterans Administration on official stationary stating dates of service and character of service.  For active military personnel, you must attach a letter from your Commanding Officer on official stationary verifying your active duty, length of service, and character of service in the Armed Forces of the United States AND a copy of your military ID to your online application.  Failure to answer the question and attach the required documentation will result in you not being considered for the Veterans Preference.
Evaluation: Your initial evaluation will be based on information provided on the application form and documents submitted with the application. Applications must be submitted by the individual applicant. No second party applicants will be accepted.
Residency Requirement: All employees of the City of Chicago must be actual residents of the City as outlined in 2-152-050 of the City Chicago Municipal Code. Proof of residency will be required.
If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation due to disability or pregnancy in order to participate in the application process, please contact the City of Chicago, Department of Human Resources, at 312-744-4976 (voice) or 312-744-5035 (TTY).   Please be prepared to provide information in support of your reasonable accommodation.
The City of Chicago is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Military Friendly Employer
City of Chicago                                                                                                          Department of Human Resources
Rahm Emanuel, Mayor                                                                                                Soo Choi, Commissioner


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