FORENSIC COMPUTER EXAMINER I

Characteristics of the Job :

Under supervision, gains skills to perform forensic examinations of computers and digital devices, including digital storage media, for the purpose of identifying and collecting data for introduction as evidence in court or other legal proceedings; and performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirement – Education :

Graduate of a college or university with an associate’s degree in computer science, information services, data communications and networks, digital forensic studies or a related field.

Minimum Requirement – Experience :

None

Substitute Education for Experience :

Additional education (i.e. technical school, etc.) in the field of computer science, information services, data communications and networks, digital forensic studies or a related field will substitute for the associate’s degree on a year for year basis.

Substitute Experience for Education :

Experience working with computers and/or digital networking devices will substitute for the associate’s degree on a year for year basis.

Special Requirements :

Must possess a valid driver’s license prior to appointment in this classification. Must maintain any required licensure(s), certification(s), or other credentials for the length of employment in this classification. Employing agency is responsible for ensuring employee possesses and maintains required licensure(s), certification(s) or other credentials.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Must possess a valid driver’s license at time of appointment in this classification. Employing agency is responsible for ensuring applicant possesses a valid driver’s license.

Post Employment Requirements :

Must maintain a valid driver’s license for length of employment in this classification. Employing agency is responsible for ensuring employee possesses and maintains a valid driver’s license.

Department/Division/Branch/Address :

Kentucky State Police
Electronic Crimes Branch
Eastern Kentucky University
Memorial Science Building 
521 Lancaster Avenue
Richmond, KY 40475

Agency Contact email and/or telephone number :

[email protected]

# of Vacancies :

1

Position Type :

Full-time Merit (18A)

Work Schedule :

1st Shift

Vacancy Type :

Competitive – Open To All Candidates

FLSA Designation

NON-EXEMPT – The position(s) is/are not exempt from FLSA requirements for time and a half overtime compensation. The employee(s) will earn time and a half for time worked in excess of 40 hours per work week.

Work Week :

37.5 hr/wk

Pay Grade :

14

Special Entrance Rate :

No

Probationary Period :

This job has an initial and promotional probationary period of 6 months. For additional information refer to: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/kar/101/001/325.htm.

Description of Job Duties

Training may take up to one year and will require the chosen candidate to come to the Electronic Crimes Frankfort Lab located at 1266 Louisville Road, Frankfort, KY 40601. This position will also require 25% statewide travel. After the training period the position will be located in Richmond. 

Under supervision, gains skills to perform forensic examination of computers and digital devices, including digital storage media, for the purpose of identifying and collecting data for introduction as evidence in court or other legal proceedings. Receives training and performs entry-level analysis of digital media such as hard drives, laptops, cell phones and cameras for content of evidence pursuant to consent or search warrant. Learns to perform detailed work duplicating digital media from evidence source to a working image for analysis. Learns to document the digital evidence analysis process and prepare a final forensic analysis reports for the requesting agency and courtroom testimony. Attends job-related courses and conferences to keep up-to-date on changing technology, computer forensic software and criminal activity relating to digital evidence. Receives and learns to document evidence and maintain chain of custody from law enforcement agencies requesting analysis of digital evidence. Assists other forensic examiners with keeping forensic work stations, operating systems, software patches, and security software up-to-date and operational in the Electronic Crime Branch. Assists other forensic examiners and supervisory personnel with peer review of forensic analysis reports for quality assurance, and assists with technical calls from law enforcement agencies regarding digital evidence seizure, correct legal processes, and other assistance. Performs other duties as assigned.

Job Group :

HEALTH SCIENCE AND LABORATORY

Typical Working Conditions :

Work is usually performed in a secure, office setting. Work is performed with computers and peripherals used for the forensic examination of digital evidence. May accompany investigators to crime scenes to perform digital forensic examinations on computers, networks, and media.

Unique Physical Requirements :

May be required to life 50 pounds or less.

Additional Requirements :

Applicants and employees in this classification may be required to submit to a drug screening test and background check. Applicants and employees in positions which perform job duties that may require contact with offenders in the custody or supervision of the Department of Corrections or with youth in the care, custody, or supervision of the Department of Juvenile Justice must meet qualifications pursuant to the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act, 28 C.F.R.115.17 and 115.317.