Crime Scene Specialist

Agency: Prince William County Police Department

Location: Woodbridge VA

Industry: Protective Service

Occupational Category: Law Enforcement


Salary:  $41,203.50 - $69,966.00 Annually

Job Type: Full-Time (PF)

Job Number: 201203566

Closing: 3/30/2017 11:59 PM Eastern



Do you enjoy working with technology and gathering information? Are you interested in working in an organization promoting public safety in the community? Prince William County Police is seeking enthusiastic and energetic candidates for the position of Crime Scene Specialist. Prince William County is a growing, diverse and dynamic community located within easy commuting distance from Washington DC and Northern Virginia. Prince William County Police uses cutting edge technology to collect evidence and process crime scenes. If you are looking for an exciting career in crime scene processing and evidence collection this is the job for you.

Experience working with these standards ASCLD/LAB, ISO 17025
Experience providing testimony in a criminal or civil court relevant to the processing of a crime scene or specific items of evidence.
Qualifications as an expert witness in a criminal or civil court

General Definition of Work, Typical tasks, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The statements in this class specification are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by incumbent(s) assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.


Performs responsible technical work involving investigating crime scenes and analyzing associated data.  Work involves collecting, processing, documenting and preserving evidence obtained during investigations, testifying in court proceedings regarding crime investigations; processing evidence for latent fingerprints and reconstructing crime scenes to determine the nature of the crime.
Work is performed under regular supervision of Police Sergeant/First Sergeant.
Prepares detailed reports on information gathered during investigation, to include analysis of evidence and appropriate conclusions based upon subject analysis;
Provides support to photo laboratory personnel as necessary;
Conducts crime scene investigations and analysis;
Collects, processes, and preserves evidence per applicable regulations;
Processes evidence for latent fingerprints as required;
Reviews latent fingerprints, fingerprint cards, and photographs as necessary to ensure correctness and to assist in ongoing investigations;
Ensures fingerprint cards and photographs are properly labeled, organized, and filed;
Coordinates follow-up examinations with State Forensic Laboratory, Commonwealth Attorney's office, and department detectives, as required;
Testifies in court proceedings regarding crime scene investigations, as required;
Assists in gathering evidence from autopsies, to include taking photographs, collecting biological samples, and recording inked impressions and identification of the body;
Conducts crime scene reconstruction and diagrams, trajectory analysis of projectiles, and gunshot residue tests;
Performs specialized and technical crime scene processing and evidence recovery, to include taking photographs and video recordings, locating, seizing, packaging, and preserving evidence, and complete investigative reports and analysis on same;
Performs related fingerprint function, to include recovering, analyzing, and identifying fingerprints; evaluating partial prints; applying chemicals to assist in recovery; and taking photographs of recovered prints;
Identifies, collects, and analyzes footwear, tire tracks and tool mark impressions;
Conducts training sessions for department personnel on a semi-annual basis.
Thorough knowledge of the principles of police procedures, rules of evidence, and search and seizure process; thorough knowledge of the principles and techniques of forensic procedures; knowledge of photography (especially crime scene photography), forensic science and fingerprint classification and identification; thorough knowledge of keen observation techniques, attention to detail, adaptability perseverance, and innovation; general knowledge of latent fingerprint recovery; general knowledge of digital imaging, CAD software and mapping software; general knowledge of the geography of Prince William County; ability to operate desktop and/or personal computers and applicable software; ability to coordinate and monitor status of activities; ability to exercise appropriate judgment in establishing work priorities and methods; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; ability to instruct departmental personnel in Crime Scene Analysis techniques; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public and other County officials.


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Education and Experience

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree in law enforcement, criminal justice, chemistry, biology, physics or forensic science; and 2-3 years of work experience in specific areas of photography, fingerprint examination, crime scene investigation, or forensic science.  Prefer an equivalent of education and experience to a Master's Degree in above disciplines.

Special Requirements

Must be able to obtain VCIN Certification within six (6) months of employment;
Must pass a polygraph examination, background investigation, credit check, criminal record check;
Must pass physical examination to include drug screen;
Must possess a valid driver's license;
Must pass DMV record check.