Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office – Bend, Oregon

Digital Forensic Detective

Closes: 06/23/2020


Deschutes County is accepting applications for a Digital Forensics Detective. This position is responsible for advanced electronic crime investigation for the detection and apprehension of offenders through the forensic recovery of electronic evidence as well as assisting and supporting daily technology-based investigations. Duties include conducting day-to-day digital forensic investigations, including data preservation, data recovery, and analysis; advising investigators and/or prosecuting attorneys on all aspects of electronic evidence, including the collection, preservation, recovery, and analysis of all forms of electronic data on a case by case basis; serving as a subject matter expert on technical matters relating to digital evidence and testifying in court or at hearings as an expert witness in the area of digital forensics; preparing reports, demonstrations, training, and policies related to the collection, preservation, recovery, and analysis of all forms of electronic data; maintaining Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Digital Forensic Lab, including lab security, equipment maintenance, software upgrades, detailed records, chain of custody, notes, and/or policies; providing ongoing analysis of technology trends to incorporate proven forensic investigation and supporting technologies into practice; and attending training to maintain competency and remain current with evolving technologies.

*This job posting is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but constitutes a general definition of the position’s scope and function.

Notification to all candidates will be sent via email only. Please check your email for recruitment information, and your account for application status.

Additional job description information may be found by clicking here.Compensation

$6,517.28 to $8,317.86 per month for a 173.33 hour work month, plus an unknown cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). Applicants that possess or are able to obtain an Advanced DPSST Certification will receive an 11% increase in pay, when eligible. Salary normally starts at the first step. Excellent County benefit package when eligible. This union-represented position is available July 1, 2020.Minimum Qualifications

Five years of experience as a Sworn Law Enforcement Officer with an additional two years of work experience as a computer forensics examiner, or any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities to perform the job. Must possess, or be able to obtain an Intermediate Certificate from the Oregon Department of Public Standards and Training (DPSST) within one (1) year of hire/appointment date. Must possess and maintain, or be able to obtain, IACIS CFCE Certification or an industry recognized Digital Forensic Certification within 18 months of hire/appointment date. Please click here for information on IACIS CFCE Certification. Must have the ability to perform duties of a Patrol Deputy Sheriff.

Preference will be given for:

  • Current certification as a Police Office in the State of Oregon.

Must have knowledge and skill in:

  • All investigative aspects of police work including principles and practices of modern crime prevention, investigation, criminal identification, apprehension, rules of evidence, record keeping, and law enforcement administration.
  • Principles, methods, and practices of technology involved investigations, digital forensics, evidence identification, and evidence collection.
  • Common computer hardware and software, including Microsoft, Macintosh, Linux operating systems, and various hardware devices.
  • Constitutional and statutory laws governing law enforcement, the geography of the county and the location of private and public commerce activity.
  • Criminal behavior that contributes to crimes.
  • Train others in an in-service environment, present information to community groups and the media, resolve conflict, conduct interviews, and accomplish harmony and productivity in a diverse work team.

Must have the ability to:

  • Carry out the full scope of the position.
  • Plan and carry out the administrative and technical programs, projects, and work assignments.
  • Analyze complex law enforcement problems with technological ties and develop strategies of investigation.
  • Exercise sound judgment when reviewing digital evidence.
  • Operate and use forensic equipment including forensics computers and appropriate complex digital forensic software.
  • Prepare complex scientific reports, demonstrations, and complex technology related testimony in a clear and concise manner.
  •  Work well in a team environment, including the ability to co-operate and work effectively with all levels.
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with personnel both inside the Sheriff’s Office and external members of other law enforcement groups including investigators, prosecutors, supervisors, and members of other digital forensics sections.

Necessary Special Requirements

Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Oregon driver’s license within 30 days of hire date. The employment offer will be contingent upon presentation of an acceptable and verifiable driver’s license, pre-employment screening for criminal history, driving history, and controlled substances (NOTE: Positive test results for marijuana use may result in rescission of a contingent offer of employment). This screening must be completed with satisfactory findings in order for a formal offer of employment to be extended.

Background Investigation:
A successful candidate who receives a conditional job offer will complete a full background investigation, psychological testing and interview, and full physical prior to receiving an official offer of employment. Upon completion of each hiring process phase, applicants will be notified of his/her status via email.

Must pass a driving record review and criminal history background. 

  • A current driver’s license and the state of origin are required. Candidates who wish to be considered for this position must include an accurate driver’s license number and state of origin on their application under the Personal Information section.

Physical Abilities. Requires sufficient hand/eye coordination to operate a firearm and other law enforcement equipment and apparatus; visual acuity necessary for performing necessary functions of the job; ambulatory ability to walk or run to calls for assistance and crime scenes; and the ability to subdue a resistive or combative individual.  Requires speech and auditory abilities sufficient to carry on conversations and project voice among large crowds.