Crime Scene Specialist
To conduct crime scene searches to gather physical evidence to include latent fingerprints, hair, fibers, blood, projectiles, shell casings and tool and tire marks to assist in the arrest and conviction of individuals responsible for the crimes.
Salary $33,021.00 – $50,852.00 Annually
Closing 1/22/2018 11:59 PM Central
Essential Job Functions
Conducts crime scene searches under extreme conditions to gather physical evidence, such as latent fingerprints, hair, fibers, blood, projectiles, shell casings and tool and tire marks.
Creates scale drawings of crime scenes, utilizing computer aided drafting (CAD), which include the location of the crime, evidence reference points, exact distances, and trajectory of bullets; creates cast impressions of shoe, tool, tire, and hand marks found at crime scenes.
Lifts, photographs, and develops latent prints found at crime scenes, utilizing print enhancement chemicals and photography equipment.
Identifies, photographs, collects and preserves biological material for DNA evidence.
Prepares detailed narrative and technical reports for each crime scene investigated which include a detailed summary of all evidence; maintains detailed case files for each case.
Meets with prosecuting and defense attorneys to discuss cases or to provide formal depositions regarding crime scene information and physical evidence.
Testifies in court regarding evidence collected at crime scenes, the condition of the crime scene, and the methodology employed in the collection and testing of the evidence.
Transports evidence to and from hospitals; maintains evidence transmittal forms and an evidence log book to track the chain of custody for all evidence to ensure its integrity when introduced in court.
Conducts chemical tests on blood, drugs, body fluids, fibers, etc., found at crime scenes to provide physical evidence to the prosecutor; ensures the security and integrity of all evidence processed in the Crime Scene Search Unit Laboratory.
Extracts gunshot residue from victims, suspects, and inanimate objects at crime scenes; operates a metal detector to locate projectiles and shell casings.
Operates photography equipment to photograph crime scenes; operates a video processor/enhancer to extract still photographs from videotapes taken at crime scenes.
Analyzes crime scene information, such as blood spatter patterns to determine specific crime scene information (i.e., type of weapon used, suspect's proximity to the victim, and velocity of the weapon at impact).
Develops lesson plans which meet State Minimum Standards for law enforcement officers; trains Police Officers in crime scene security and evidence collection and preservation.
Prepares monthly reports detailing the number of crime scene investigations and the number of hours spent testifying in court and at the State Crime Lab.
Conducts instructional courses and seminars for other law enforcement agencies, universities, etc., regarding crime scene searches; conducts crime scene searches for other law enforcement agencies as required.
Operates a computer with database and word processing software in the performance of essential job functions.
Operates a City pool automobile in the performance of essential job functions.
Minimum Qualifications and Additional Requirements
These knowledge, skills, and abilities are usually, although not always, acquired through completion of Bachelor's degree in in Criminal Justice, Criminology, Forensic Science, or a related area, and two hundred (200) hours of experience in a crime scene investigation internship program or a related area. Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.
Must possess a valid Arkansas Class D (Non-Commercial Vehicle) Driver's License before employment and maintain licensure for the duration of employment in this position.
Must be able to work rotating shifts and be available for emergency call-out 24 hours a day.