PAY RANGE: 18
This is full performance field and related office work investigating deaths which fall under the jurisdiction of the Medical Examiner. The employee is required to exercise a considerable amount of discretion and tact in dealing with other governmental agencies and with the public. The nature of the work is such that an employee in this class is required to work on a rotating shift basis. Employees are distinguished from the next lower level in the series in that employees in this class perform more complex and specialized investigations. The findings of the investigations serve as an important basis for further action to be taken by the medical staff of the Medical Examiner's Office. Employees are frequently exposed to undesirable situations and occasional heavy physical effort in the investigation of cases. Employees work under the general supervision of an investigation supervisor or pathologist.
ALLOCATING FACTORS: (The following conditions must be met for a position to be allocated to this class.)
• The position must be located in the City's Medical Examiner's Office.
• The position must be responsible for the investigation of deaths under the jurisdiction of the Medical Examiner's Office.
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
Handles investigative assignments of a general nature and also handles assignments in a specialized investigative area such as homicides, drug-related deaths and unknown bodies.
Reviews reports of deaths received over the phone by lower level investigators; makes determination as to whether cases of death come within the jurisdiction of the Medical Examiner.
Conducts on-the-scene investigations based on information received from police or physicians; obtains and reviews reports of deaths, autopsy reports and related materials; correlates material and processes completed cases.
Conducts follow-up investigations to determine identity of decedent; conducts searches at scenes when picking up bodies in order to locate information for the identification of the decedent and next of kin; locates relative of decedents by contacting neighbors, various public agencies, and other sources that may render assistance; obtains medical information from relatives, physicians, hospitals and other sources; prepares and attests to the affidavits of identification.
Takes identification pictures of bodies in autopsy area and also takes pictures at death scene; fingerprints bodies for purposes of identification; receives and logs in bodies in accord with established procedures, with the exception of weighing and measuring, when Forensic Technician staff is not available; uses computer for data entry and reports related to Forensic Investigations Unit.
Performs related work as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
• the principles of health, crime, and accident investigation, the techniques of interrogation, and of the identification and preservation of physical evidence
• the laws and regulations pertaining to the investigation of deaths
• the laws and rules of evidence
• the more commonly recognized medical causes of death
• establish and maintain public confidence and to obtain accurate information through interviews, interrogation, and observation
• present ideas effectively, both orally and in writing
• maintain records and prepare reports
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE (The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests. Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based on training and experience requirements as approved on 3/13.)
Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth school grade.
Two years of experience in field investigatory work.
Three years of experience conducting field investigations of sudden or unusual deaths, two years of which have been above the trainee level.
Any equivalent combination of education and experience which shall have been
determined to be acceptable by the Office of Human Resources.
NOTE: Education at an accredited college or university may be substituted for the general experience requirement on a year-for-year basis.
PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND/OR CERTIFICATES
Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator's license as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania within six months of appointment and during tenure of employment as a Forensic Investigator 2.
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