City of Bend Police Department, Oregon

Police Detective Computer Forensic


The City of Bend is currently hiring for a full time Police Forensic Detective. This position supports the Investigation Division within the City of Bend Police Department, is overtime eligible and is represented by the Bend Police Association. 

To be considered for this position, applicants must have a complete application that includes all of the following items:

  • The online application via NeoGov (access also available on City of Bend website under Human Resources/Job Openings)
  • Attached formal Cover Letter (required)
  • Attached formal Resume (required)
  • Attached valid Credentials, Certifications and Licensing (if applicable)
  • Applicants must provide certification that they are a veteran or disabled veteran to receive veteran’s preference

Complete applications must be received by Thursday, November 28 at 12:00pm (noon) PDT. 

This position is supervised by the police sergeant/lieutenant, but performs general duties independently, performs specialized police work by conducting in-depth investigations looking towards the solution of crimes against persons and property and by the prevention of crime; does related work as required. Supervision is not normally a responsibility of this class.

Collect, preserve and analyze digital and electronic evidence with specialized investigative tools. May occasionally provide functional and or technical supervision over individuals and processes associated with the collection, preservation and presentation of digital evidence. Provides digital and electronic expert testimony in field of expertise.

The City of Bend is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion.  At the City of Bend, we don’t just accept differences; we value them. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and support the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAAA). Functions, Duties and Responsibilities

The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification.  Shown are duties intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.

  • Have the ability to provide credible testimony in any judicial hearing.
  • Conducts detailed and thorough investigations of criminal offenses such as: high level drug trafficking organizations, money laundering, burglaries, robberies, embezzlements, frauds, grand larcenies, petit larcenies, homicides, suicides, assaults, rapes, forgeries and other crimes.
  • Prepares clear, concise and technically accurate handwritten, typed or oral reports.
  • Obtains and prepares statements from accused and witnesses.  The ability to properly work with confidential informants and handle sensitive information.
  • The ability to research, prepare, and serve search warrants involving multiple types of crimes.
  • Ability to work within a multi-agency task force and be flexible while working cases.
  • Makes a thorough search of crime scene for evidence or clues, gathers and protects evidence; prepares and presents evidence in court, searches for and apprehends violators; takes pictures and obtains fingerprints at crime scene.
  • Prepares cases for court presentation; appears in court as a witness
  • Maintains surveillance over persons or property in order to gather evidence; checks a variety of sources for stolen property.
  • The ability to learn how to operate technologically advanced equipment for investigative purposes.

Duties specific to Computer Forensic assignments:

  • Collect, preserve examine, analyze, and process digital evidence using specialized investigative tool. 
  • When possible: recovery of digital evidence in deleted, hidden, encrypted, corrupted and protected electronic storage files in order to expose and recover digital evidence.
  • Advise investigator(s) and or prosecuting attorneys on all aspects of electronic evidence, including the collection, preservation, recovery and analysis of all forms of electronic data.
  • Prepare accurate reports, demonstrations and training relating to the collection, preservation, recovery and analysis of all forms of electronic data.
  • Maintain detailed records, chain of custody, notes and or policies related to the collection, preservation, recovery and analysis of all forms of electronic data.
  • Maintain appropriate training and certifications related to collection, preservation, recovery and analysis of all forms of electronic data.
  • Provide digital and electronic expert testimony pertaining to the collection, preservation, recovery and analysis of all forms of electronic data.
  • Maintain and apply up to date knowledge relating to the computer hardware and software, the internet, and the potential benefit to criminal investigations.
  • May be required to work uniformed patrol during emergencies or as needed.
  • May be reassigned to other duties as needed.

Knowledge, Skills and Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Various law enforcement techniques and procedures.
  • Various state and local criminal, traffic and civil laws, codes and ordinances, and their application.
  • Federal and State laws regarding custody, interrogations, search and seizure, and other procedural aspects; knowledge of applicable case law, such as court decisions pertaining to search, seizure, and arrest.
  • Departmental policies and procedural manual, guidelines, and chain of command.
  • Basic investigative techniques.
  • Detection and basic identification of hazardous and controlled substances and their effects.
  • Operation of various types of firearms and other police equipment.
  • Safety and health hazards.
  • Use of defensive tactics.
  • Court procedures and rules of evidence.
  • Report writing techniques, crime coding system, and case preparation techniques.
  • Correct and safe usage of police equipment.
  • Community resources, such as social services available for persons in crisis situations.
  • Basic crime prevention techniques and information.
  • Basic problem solving techniques and methodology.
  • Geographical layout of city.
  • Basic interview techniques.
  • Principles of First Aid.

Skill in:

  • Performing prolonged and detailed investigations
  • Gathering pertinent facts and integrating data into objective patterns leading to the solution and deposition of criminal cases;
  • Preparing clear, concise and accurate reports;
  • Dealing tactfully but firmly with offenders, suspects, and witnesses;
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other employees, court and enforcement agency representatives and the general public;
  • The care and use of firearms;
  • Reacting quickly and calmly in emergency conditions;
  • Operating automobile and other specialized equipment in the performance of duty;
  • Search warrant affidavit and subpoena preparation and service.

Education, Experience, Certifications and Licenses Required:

Must have at least three-years of full time law enforcement experience with the ability to be certified as a police officer through the Oregon Department of Safety Standards and Training or have a current Oregon Police Department of Safety Standards and Training certification.  

Incumbents must also have had satisfactory annual evaluations for the last three years.
Must possess a valid Oregon Driver’s License.

Must demonstrate competency in firearms, self-defense, physical fitness, and emergency vehicle operation. 

Police Detective assignments primarily assigned to Computer Forensics:

Must have at least two-years of experience working as a computer forensics examiner and at least two years of specialized college level training in the field of computer science or related field, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Must be a Certified Forensic Computer Examiner through the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists or an equivalent industry recognized digital forensic certification.