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Employment Opportunities - Forensic Science Communications - October 2004

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Forensic Science Communications
October 2003 – Volume 5 – Number 4 

Employment Opportunities

Firearms and Toolmarks Examiner
— Salary: Commensurate with qualifications

Pasadena Police Department
Crime Laboratory
Pasadena, Texas

Qualifications include the following:

  • BS in science preferred
  • Knowledge of firearms, ammunition, and microscopy
  • At least three years' experience as a recognized firearms and toolmarks examiner expert
  • Experience in testifying as a firearms expert in a court of law
  • Knowledge and experience with the identification and comparison of firearms, ammunition, and ammunition components; laboratory techniques used in the analysis of firearms and ammunition; chemical tests for distance determination; serial number restoration; and applying the principles of external and terminal ballistics to crime scenes
  • Knowledge and experience with the IBIS system and laboratory and firearms safety

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Performing laboratory and field work involving firearms and toolmarks and related evidentiary examinations
  • Examining and identifying firearms, cartridges, bullets, and similar evidence in criminal investigation
  • Performing on-scene evidentiary searches at major or difficult crime scenes
  • Collecting physical evidence at crime scenes
  • Providing expert testimony on general firearms capability and examination methodology
  • Entering and correlating IBIS entries
  • Performing related work as required


Pamela McInnis
Laboratory Director
Pasadena Police Department Crime Laboratory
The Work Source
103 Pasadena Town Square Mall
Pasadena, Texas 77506
E-mail: pmcinnis@ci.pasadena.tx.us
713-475-7866 (Voice)
713-472-1608 (Voice)
713-475-2022 (Fax)
713-472-1275 (Fax)