Crime Scene Investigator

Huntington Beach, CA
Huntington Beach Police Department

Under general supervision, conducts investigations on crime scenes, deaths, serious traffic accidents, industrial accidents and other crimes; documents and gathers evidence; and performs other duties as required within the scope of the classification.

$5,373.33 – $6,657.73 Monthly

4/30/2021 5:00 PM Pacific


• Conducts investigations on crimes including residential, commercial and bank robberies; petty and grand thefts; residential, commercial and vehicle burglaries; stolen and recovered stolen vehicles; domestic violence, homicides, suicides, and all death investigations; sexual assaults; serious injury and fatal traffic accidents; industrial accidents; and other crimes
• Collects, preserves, and transports physical evidence from crime scene investigations such as latent fingerprints, trace evidence, clothing, serological evidence, narcotics and firearms
• Documents crime and accident scenes; takes photographs and videos of crime and accident scenes using a variety of photographic films and techniques
• Writes crime reports based on evidence found, classified, and results obtained
• Examines evidence in both field and laboratory for latent fingerprints using print powders, chemicals and laser techniques
• Prepares charts, graphs or exhibits for investigation or court presentation
• Appears in court as an expert witness and gives depositions
• Assists traffic officers in the investigation of serious accidents; issues parking citations and impounds vehicles
• Reviews, evaluates, processes, and maintains a variety of files related to cases
• Attends a variety of continuing education classes, seminars and meetings to maintain current knowledge of applicable codes, regulations, policies and procedures
• Travels to various sites and locations during the course of work
• Reports to work as scheduled; may work a variety of schedules including evenings, weekends, and holidays as required
• Maintains a regular and consistent attendance record



Education: High school diploma or equivalent certificate. College level course work in crime scene investigation, photography, fingerprint identification, and/or criminalistics preferred.

Experience: Three (3) years’ experience in crime scene investigation.

License and Certification: Possession of a valid California driver license and an acceptable driving record are required at time of appointment and throughout employment.
Must pass an extensive background check.
Certificate of completion as a Forensic Technician, Crime Scene Investigator, or equivalent Field Evidence Technician course completion required.