Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security

Digital Forensic Technician

Closes: 4/20/22

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience: Education Equivalent to graduation from a standard high school and two (2) years of experience in audio, video, and/or digital technology.

Substitution of Education for Experience: Course work credit received from an accredited college or university may substitute for the required experience on a yearly basis to a maximum of two years (e.g. 45 quarter hours may substitute for one year of the required experience); 15 semester hours (or 22.5 quarter hours) must be in an area concentrated in Computer Science or Technology.

Other Requirements

1. Be a citizen of the United States or have the ability to legally work in the United States; Have a good moral character, as determined by investigation;
2. Complete a criminal history disclosure form in a manner approved by the appointing authority;
3. Agree to release all records involving their criminal history to the appointing authority;
4. Supply a fingerprint sample in a manner prescribed by the TBI for a fingerprint based criminal history records check;
5. Have no conviction for a felony or have not been discharged under dishonorable, bad conduct, or general other than honorable conditions from any branch of the United States armed forces;
6. Have the ability to obtain and retain any required security clearances;
7. Pass a psychological evaluation administered by a licensed mental health professional that is consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act and that relates to the essential functions of the position;
8. Possess and maintain a valid motor vehicle operator’s license;
9. Upon appointment, successfully complete a prescribed course of instruction as required by the hiring agency or have successfully completed the equivalent of the prescribed course(s).
10. Ability to lift light loads of approximately 50 pounds or less.
11. Pass a vision and hearing examination administered by a licensed physician that is consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act and that relates to the essential functions of the position;

Examination Method: Education and Experience, 100%, for Preferred Service positions.

Job Overview


Under general supervision, receives, analyzes, tracks, and/or redacts video, audio and digital evidence and responds to requests for department records related to administrative, operational, civil and criminal matters within required deadlines established by state law.


An incumbent in this classification is responsible for the archiving and distribution of audio, video and digitial media evidence for use in trial and investigations, retrieving surveillance video, as well as entering audio, video, and digital material into a digital evidence database, and scanning legacy photographic formats for still and digital images. The Digital Forensic Technican collects and archives digital media evidence for investigative purposes and testifies to the collected evidence in trial. Proprietary video file formats are also converted to a universally playable format for use in investigations, trial, and public records requests. The Digital Forensic Technician is also responsible for processing requests for law enforcement and criminal justice entities, copying digital evidences to portable storage devices all while maintaining proper evidentiary chain of custody protocols in accordance with Tennessee Public Records Law.

Work Activities

1. Receive, log, and track audio, video, and digital evidence submitted for forensic analysis or redaction.

2. Review audio, video, and digital evidence for confidential information that is required to be redacted pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA) 10-7-504 “Confidential Records” before release and perform redactions as necessary.

3. Coordinate the delivery of a copy of redacted file(s) to the appropriate requestor for release.

4. Assist technical forensic examiners in conducting forensic analysis of audio, video and digital evidence.

5. Assisting with the maintenance and upgrade of audio, video and digital equipment and software.

6. Maintain logs of hours spent on redaction of audio, video, and digital evidence, as well as maintain the evidence tracking log and case file/log associated with said evidence.

7. May testify to the collected evidence in trials, depositions, and hearings.

Competencies (KSA’S)


1. Action Oriented
2. Composure
3. Dealing with Ambiguity
4. Dealing with Paradox
5. Decision Quality
6. Ethics and Values
7. Functional/Technical Competency
8. Integrity and Trust
9. Interpersonal Savvy
10. Learning on the Fly
11. Peer Relationships
12. Presentation Skills
13. Self-Development


1. Clerical
2. Communications and Media
3. Computers and Electronics
4. Customer and Personal Service
5. English Language
6. Law and Government
7. Public Safety and Security


1. Active Learning
2. Active Listening
3. Complex Problem Solving
4. Critical Thinking
5. Equipment Selection
6. Instructing
7. Judgment and Decision Making
8. Operation and Control
9. Reading Comprehension
10. Speaking
11. Time Management
12. Troubleshooting
13. Writing


1. Auditory Attention
2. Depth Perception
3. Finger Dexterity
4. Glare Sensitivity
5. Hearing Sensitivity
6. Information Ordering
7. Near Vision
8. Perceptual Speed
9. Selective Attention
10. Speech Clarity
11. Speech Recognition
12. Visual Color Discrimination
13. Wrist-Finger Speed

Tools and Equipment Used


1. Computer
2. Telephone
3. Fax Machine
4. Printer/ Scanner
5. Copy Machine
6. Audio, Video and Digital Evidence Equipment
7. Projector
8. Calculator
9. Cell Phone

TN Driver Standards

State of Tennessee positions that may involve driving responsibilities require candidates to meet the following minimum driver qualifications:

  • A valid driver’s license
  • For the past five years, the candidate’s driver record must not have record of the following violations: driving under the influence (DUI), reckless driving, license suspension for moving violations, more than 4 moving violations.

Please include your Driver’s License Information under the Licenses and Certifications section of your application.