Multiple Choice Written Test: Qualifying (Pass/Fail)
Essay Test: Advisory
Evaluation of Overall Qualifications: 100%
The qualifying written test, which will consist of multiple-choice questions, may examine candidates for knowledge of: scientific methods of analysis, including principles and problem identification; scientific definitions and terminology; statistics and measurement techniques; appropriate handling of physical evidence at a crime scene; sciences: organic and inorganic chemistry, including physical properties of chemical substances; biology, including biochemistry and physiology; human anatomy; molecular biology; genetics; and physics; use of appropriate types of charts and graphs to display data; attention to detail; reading comprehension; and the ability to read street maps.
You may bring an automatic hand-held calculator to the test site for use during the written test. There will be no power source provided at the test site, so your calculator must have its own power source.
At the time of the qualifying written test, candidates will be required to complete an advisory essay test by preparing a written response on a general subject related to the duties of a Criminalist. This written response will not be separately scored, but its content and its quality, as a written communication will be considered in the evaluation of the candidate's overall qualifications. Candidates who do not respond to the essay question will be disqualified from the examination.
Candidates’ Criminalist Supplemental Training and Experience Questionnaire and advisory essay will be evaluated only if the candidates achieve a passing score on the qualifying written test. The Supplemental Training and Experience Questionnaires, advisory essays and City employment applications of these candidates will be submitted to an expert review panel for evaluation. The expert review panel will assign a numeric score to each candidate based on an assessment of each candidate’s overall qualifications, as described on the candidate’s City application, Training and Experience Questionnaire and advisory essay.
The qualifying written test and advisory essay will consist of a single half-day session. Candidates will be notified later by mail of the date, time, and location of the written test in Los Angeles.
1. As a covered entity under the Fair Employment and Housing Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and upon request, will provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. To request a disability accommodation, please complete the Disability Accommodation Form within 14 calendar days of the submittal of the City application. The Disability Accommodation Form can be obtained at http://per.lacity.org/exams/verify_disability.pdf.
2. Applications are accepted subject to review to ensure that minimum qualifications are met. Candidates may be disqualified at any time if it is determined that they do not possess the minimum qualifications stated on this bulletin.
3. This examination is based on a content validation study, and as provided by Civil Service Commission Rule 4.20, the written test will not be subject to candidate inspection.
4. A final average score of 70% is required to be placed on the eligible list.
5. You may take this examination once a year (365 calendar days). Your name may be removed from the eligible list after six months.
6. Candidates must submit a new application and Criminalist Supplemental Training and Experience Questionnaire each time they wish to re-compete in the examination process.
If you receive and accept an offer of employment to a regular position with the City of Los Angeles, your employee benefit coverage (including health and dental coverage as well as life insurance) will commence approximately six weeks after your original regular appointment. Not all positions in the City receive benefit coverage; you should inquire regarding the availability of employee benefits prior to accepting a position.
THIS EXAMINATION IS TO BE GIVEN ONLY ON AN OPEN COMPETITIVE BASIS
The City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, creed, color, ancestry, medical condition (cancer), and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.