Ohio State Highway Patrol – Columbus, Ohio

Forensic Computer Specialist 1

Under general supervision of the Highway Patrol Sergeant, utilizes specialized tools (e.g., computers, evidence acquisition devices, computer peripherals, software) & procedures (e.g., established, validated forensic principles & highly technical & specialized forensic analysis of seized computers & components) to collect, preserve & examine computer/digital related evidence. Participates in investigations of criminal activity with other departmental units & outside entities {e.g., Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation [BCI], forensic computer specialists, investigators, prosecutors, courts, law enforcement agencies, Attorney General’s Office, etc.} by providing assistance (e.g., recovers deleted &/or corrupted files, password protected &/or encrypted files, recovers hidden data, prepares duplicate images of files as backup copies & implements tracking mechanisms pertaining to Internet & network communications).

Receives, maintains & releases evidence in accordance with evidence handling procedures (e.g., collects information from investigators &/or prosecutors, makes determination on best forensic analysis strategy, tests computer programs according to procedural specifications, configures & maintains computer hardware for use in case work & program development, resolves technical issues involving equipment connectivity & communication, executes verification tests of forensic software & methods to independently validate functionality & responds to routine inquiries from staff, other agency divisions, sections &/or units regarding pertinent research activities). Prepares reports of findings for presentation in criminal case proceedings & testifies as required (e.g., uses forensic analysis of computers &/or computer related evidence to compose written findings reports in preparation for criminal case proceedings, provides verbal &/or written testimony in court & maintains electronic & hard copies of evidence transfers).

Attends seminars & classes for training in specialized forensic software applications, forensic analysis techniques & other specialized areas (e.g., keeps abreast of significant changes in forensic technology, relative search & seizure rules, software licensing agreements, criminal &/or administrative law).


 Completion of associate core program in computer forensics (e.g., information technology or related scientific discipline systems administration; network security; internet protocol).

-Or 24 mos. exp. in computer forensic processing or related specialty area (e.g., systems administration; network security; internet protocol).

-Or equivalent of Minimum Class Qualifications for Employment noted above. 

Major Worker Characteristics:

Knowledge of:  Human Relations; Agency policies & procedures (i.e., evidence handling); Interviewing; Electronic Data Processing (e.g., computer networking, programming & systems & technology; systems administration, network security, internet protocol); Law: federal (e.g., criminal law); Inventory control.

Skill in:  Word processing (Microsoft Office); Equipment operations (e.g., operation & configuration of personal computer systems & peripheral equipment).

Ability to:  Deal with many variables & determine specific action, resolve technical issues involving many variables & understand somewhat abstract field of study (i.e., forensic analysis); Use algebra; Use proper research methods in gathering data; Gather, collate & classify information about data, people or things; Handle sensitive inquiries from & contacts with other law enforcement agencies & general public.

(*) Developed after employment.

Supplemental Information:


May require travel.

            •This position may be filled by a layoff or certification eligibility list.
            •This position will be filled in accordance with the bargaining agreement if applicable.
Background Check Information

•A BCI and FBI fingerprint check, a background check, including a polygraph examination, may be required on all selected applicants.
•A comparative analysis and/or drug-test may be a requirement of the hiring process.