Maine State Police – Vassalboro, ME

Supervisor, Computer Forensic Lab

This is a new supervisory position handling the day-to-day direction and oversight of the Maine State Police Computer Crime Lab.  Responsibilities focus on planning and directing unit activities; overseeing and evaluating the work of unit personnel; and developing, implementing, and monitoring unit quality assurance/control, accreditation, and safety programs.  As well as functioning as a forensic science resource to subordinate personnel and members of the law enforcement and legal communities, performing highly advanced computer forensic laboratory analyses, preparing written reports and interpretation of findings, developing methodologies and analytical systems procedures, and developing and monitoring unit budget.  Supervision is exercised over a professional staff of 8.   

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Responsibilities include:

  • Develops and recommends unit goals, objectives, and standards in such areas as proficiency testing, quality assurance/control, safety, and validation studies to ensure unit maintains proper accreditation. 
  • Assists with development and monitoring of unit budget and grant acquisition to ensure unit has resources to attain established goals and objectives and fulfill service requirements. 
  • Plans, implements, and monitors unit operations including self-audit testing, quality assurance and control, and laboratory safety to obtain and maintain necessary accreditation and ensure the integrity of analytical testing and results. 
  • Researches and evaluates laboratory equipment, mobile field devices, and other materials used in laboratory analysis and/or field work to ensure facility meets accreditation standards and is capable of performing accurate testing. 
  • Examines, analyzes, and compares various types of electronic evidence using scientifically valid forensic techniques to identify evidence and to determine usefulness for criminal investigations. 
  • Explains and interprets test findings, their scientific basis, and statistical significance in criminal court proceedings and/or to provide consultation regarding laboratory procedures and the interpretation of results. 
  • Establishes liaisons with federal, state, county, local law enforcement agencies, and Maine Crime Laboratory to compare and explain analytical results and provide information concerning laboratory services. 
  • Trains law enforcement personnel in proper methods of handling of evidence and capabilities of computer forensic analysis to ensure the integrity and continuity of case evidence and promote the use of electronic forensic analysis. 
  • Processes crime scenes and vehicles and collects, packages, marks, and receives evidence to identify and obtain physical evidence and ensure the integrity and continuity of case evidence. 
  • Writes technical reports and opinions of analytical findings and their interpretation to document results, develop analytical reports, and provide expert written findings/testimony. 

Knowledge & Abilities Needed: 

  • Knowledge of theoretical and practical aspects of laboratory procedures and technology.
  • Knowledge of forensic laboratory proficiency, validation studies, quality assurance/control, and safety programs.
  • Knowledge of criminal and scientific investigation theories, techniques, practices, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of laboratory advanced computer hardware, software, operating systems, networking, endpoint devices, and programming.
  • Knowledge of forensic and anti-forensic methods and techniques.
  • Knowledge of rules of evidence.
  • Knowledge of administrative, personnel, procurement, and financial procedures. 
  • Ability to establish and monitor progress towards unit goals and objectives.
  • Ability to plan, direct, and evaluate the work of subordinates.
  • Ability to technically review the analytical work of subordinates.
  • Ability to determine how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Ability to work in a team environment with proven leadership skills.
  • Ability to evaluate and interpret digital devices and endpoint instruments, cyber data, cybercrime patterns, and digital forensics.
  • Ability to conduct and supervise research on computer forensic analysis methods.
  • Ability to present and defend findings in a court of law.
  • Ability to develop analytical reports for publication.
  • Ability to examine, analyze, identify, and compare various types of physical and digital evidence.
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions. 

Minimum qualifications:

A (6) six-year combination of education, training, and/or professional experience demonstrating expert level knowledge in areas of computer science, information security/systems, network security hardware/software, and forensic analysis to include two-years’ experience in a forensic specialty, or advanced research. 

Certification as a Computer Forensic Examiner or mobile forensic examination by a nationally recognized authority in the field of computer/mobile forensics must be attained prior to the end of the probationary period.

Supervisory experience preferred.