Digital Forensics Analyst/Investigator Job – Hennepin County


++OPENING DATE :++ 08/08/22

++CLOSING DATE:++ 8/15/22 11:59 PM CET

++TYPE OF EMPLOYMENT:++ Limited Time: Regular Schedule (FT with benefits)

++LOCATION:++ Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota

++DEPARTMENT:++ Sheriff’s office


Join the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO), Criminal Intelligence Division, Digital Forensics Services Section in the role of Digital Forensics Analyst/Investigator. In this role, you will be responsible for all aspects of digital cellular electronic device extractions and investigative analysis in support of criminal investigations.

The Forensic Analyst position provides support to complex cases by extracting digital data from digital cellular devices and performing investigative analysis on that data. The forensic analyst provides this digital data to law enforcement investigators and prosecutors. Responsibilities include using specialized forensic hardware and software and information technology to search, gather, secure and analyze digital evidence to support criminal investigations.

Location and times: This position is located at the 701 Building at 701 South 4th Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55417. Primary work hours are Monday through Friday, anytime between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and may include nights, weekends, occasional overtime and holidays.

About the post type: This is a full-time (temporary) term position with benefits, expected to last up to two years.
This position is internally classified as an Investigator. Click on ++here++ to display the job classification specification.

As of September 1, 2021, all new job offers are conditional on the candidate being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. “Fully Vaccinated” means 14 days after receiving the second dose of a two-dose series of vaccines approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a full or emergency basis, or 14 days after receiving received an FDA-approved single-dose vaccine on a full or emergency basis. After a conditional job offer, the candidate must show proof of full vaccination before their start date. A COVID-19 vaccination card from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a vaccination record from your doctor’s office, or a personal digital vaccination record is sufficient “evidence.” The candidate must also certify that he is vaccinated by filling out a form on the first day of employment. Reasonable accommodations to this vaccination requirement will be considered at the request of an applicant for medical or religious reasons, as required by applicable law.

In this position, you will:

  • Receive and process electronic communications devices relating to criminal investigations from law enforcement officials following chain of custody procedures, rules of evidence, and standards of the electronic cellular device forensic community.
  • Use specialized equipment and software to search, extract and analyze data from a variety of electronic cellular devices.
  • Review search complaints/warrants, assist in the execution of search warrants regarding the extraction of digital evidence.
  • Collect, research and analyze information and data developed from cellular device extractions to identify patterns, historical location data, reveal connections, perform link analysis, categorize media images/videos and discover new other lines of inquiry.
  • Prepare and organize the information retrieved in a format suitable for the requester; complete clear and concise reports to inform the claimant of the nature of examinations performed and findings/conclusions reached and prepare and organize case files and exhibits for court proceedings and potential testimony.
  • Act as liaison with all details of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and neighboring law enforcement agencies; respond to inquiries from law enforcement and other agencies.
  • Establish and maintain professional working relationships with HCSO personnel, local, state, and federal law enforcement partners, and state and federal prosecutors, to facilitate open communications for the purpose of obtaining information to further investigations; and share insights into digital cellular device forensics, methods, tools and techniques.

Need to have:

  • One of the following:
    • Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, law enforcement, business/public administration, sociology, psychology or closely related field, * _ and * _ one year of experience in investigation, law enforcement the law or military investigator.
    • Associate’s degree in one of the above fields, * _ and * 3 years of investigative, law enforcement or military investigative experience.
    • Five years of investigative, law enforcement or military investigative experience.
  • A valid driver’s license.

Good to have:

  • Live:
    • Analyze and interpret complex statistical data and create graphical representations of data; specifically in an investigative or law enforcement context.
    • Collect and interpret data and information from various sources and prepare reports using reporting tools.
    • Military intelligence experience, including experience as an anti-drug analyst.
    • Present data to groups in a variety of settings.
    • Perform extractions from digital cellular devices in an investigative or law enforcement context.
    • Work with federal, state and local law enforcement databases.
    • Working with crime trend analysis.
    • With investigative techniques and rules of evidence related to criminal investigations.
    • Testify in court.
    • Use computers and software to assess; compare and identify, and document evidence.
  • Two or more years of full-time equivalent work experience as a forensic technician or examiner within a digital evidence facility that supports criminal investigations and has an external credential or executive internal quality assurance.
  • Ability to:
    • Collect, assemble, analyze, evaluate evidence, statistics and other relevant information to draw conclusions to effectively solve crimes.
    • Attend formal courses to develop and maintain the latest knowledge and skills in the process of forensic extraction of digital cellular devices and the application of appropriate forensic extraction methods and techniques.
  • Strong verbal communication skills.
  • Certifications as a digital cellular device forensic examiner.
  • Knowledge of federal rules and organizational policies regarding the definition, handling and review of digital evidence.

*About the department: * The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office serves the county’s 1.2 million residents. State law mandates most duties of the sheriff’s office, including running the county jail, providing district court security, and patrolling county waterways.

The Sheriff’s Office also manages specialized initiatives such as Criminal Information Sharing and Analysis (CISA), Violent Offender Task Force (VOTF), Crime Scene Investigations, Criminal Investigations, community awareness and employee well-being. The mission of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is: To serve and protect all members of our community by promoting equal justice, safety and well-being.

About Hennepin County: Hennepin is Minnesota’s largest county government organization. Our employees work every day to improve the health, safety and quality of life of our residents and communities. All of our jobs align with one or more of our overriding goals – that the residents of Hennepin County are healthy, protected and safe, self-sufficient, assured of due process and mobile.

Our employees enjoy a combination of generous benefits and a positive work culture not found in other organizations. This includes meaningful work that impacts our community, competitive pay, work-life balance, a variety of benefits, and opportunities for growth. Learn more about

Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity and reducing disparities is fundamental to providing excellent service to our community.

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This posting may be used to fill current and future vacancies.

Applicants must have no felony convictions and must pass a drug test and thorough background investigation including criminal, employment and financial checks prior to employment. Invitations to interview will be based on an assessment of education and experience.


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