Civil Service Title: Evidence Analyst

Salary Range: $45,220 – $58,043

Agency: Police Accountability Board

Division: Investigations

Openings: One (1)

Location: Rochester, NY

Accepting Applications: October 1, 2021

Application Deadline: October 29, 2021

Where You Will Work

The Police Accountability Board is an independent agency within the City of Rochester charged with overseeing and reimagining Rochester’s policing system. The Board investigates potential wrongdoing by Rochester police officers, brings change and transparency to the Rochester Police Department, and educates and engages community members in the work of reimagining public safety. The Board is committed to performing these tasks in a workplace defined by accountability, equity, transparency. The Board’s headquarters are located in Rochester’s downtown core.

What You Will Do

Evidence Analysts advises the Police Accountability Board on policies and procedures regarding the examination and transfer of evidence between the Board and other investigating bodies. This position is also responsible for collecting, analyzing, and processing physical evidence and preparing relevant physical evidence for reporting, public dissemination, and litigation. Occasional participation in PAB community engagement efforts as and when required. Flexibility to work occasional nights and weekends as needed.

Who We Are Looking To Hire

The ideal candidate for this position will combine technical expertise with the ability to envision how the end-product of their work can best be understood by the general public. The Board is looking for a quick worker who has thought deeply about how evidentiary reports, photographs, and related documents shape the public’s understanding of police activities.

The Board is looking to hire people that reflect the diversity of Rochester and are committed to our community and our mission. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, the Board strongly encourages people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, women, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, and gender non-conforming persons to apply. All applicants will be considered without regard to actual or perceived race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, age, prior record of arrest; or any other basis prohibited by law.  

Benefits You Will Receive

The City of Rochester offers the Board’s full-time employees a benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance. Board employees receive generous vacation, holiday and sick leave benefits in the context of a flexible, supportive work environment. Employees can also receive up to $6,000 toward the purchase of a home in Rochester, up to $3,000 in annual tuition assistance, and reimbursement for certain transit costs.  

In addition to this standard benefits package, employees in this position will undergo extensive training in oversight, policing, and public safety reform. Moreover, working in this position can qualify employees for student loan forgiveness through the federal government’s Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. To learn more, visit the Program’s website HERE. 

Qualifications & Additional Requirements

To qualify for this position, you must have (at minimum) a high school diploma or G.E.D. and one of the following:

  1. An Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in criminalistics, criminal justice, forensics, laboratory technology, or a related field; or
  2. Two (2) years of work experience in the collection, analysis or evaluation of physical evidence.

If hired for this position, you will have one year to move within the City of Rochester. Continued residency in the City will be required throughout your tenure. 

This jobs falls within the “competitive” class of civil service positions. If you are hired to this position, you will be given a provisional appointment that allows you to work in the position until a civil service exam is created and administered. Your permanent appointment to the position will depend on your receiving an appropriate score on the exam. For more information about provisional appointments, please visit THIS webpage.

Typical Work Activities

This job is under the Civil Service Title of Evidence Analyst. The typical work activities for jobs under this Title include: assisting Police Accountability Board investigative staff in the collection and maintenance of all types of electronic evidence including audio and video material, as well as electronically stored information; conducting forensic audio and forensic video analysis in support of investigative needs; monitoring and reporting on the status of forensic testing by the agency’s external partners; coordinating with the Rochester Police Department and other city departments to ensure that all possible relevant evidence or other information related to a Police Accountability Board investigation has been acquired; collaborating with the Executive Office and Public Affairs Division to prepare relevant evidence for reporting, public dissemination, and litigation; Researching and maintaining proficiency in tools, techniques, and trends in forensic analysis; advising agency administration on policies and procedures related to Rochester Police Department evidentiary policies.

How To Apply & Submit A Resume/Cover Letter

If you are interested in applying, we strongly encourage you to submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected]. This position will be officially posted on the City of Rochester’s jobs portal (located HERE) on Friday, October 1, 2021 under its Civil Service Title of “Evidence Analyst.” To apply, you will have to create an account through the jobs portal and complete an employment profile. If you need help navigating the City’s jobs portal or have questions about this posting, feel free to email us at [email protected] or call us at 585-428-9627.