Crime Scene Technician
This classification processes crime scenes for the Police Department.
Open Until Filled
• Processes crime scenes; examines crime scenes for evidence: identifies, collects, and preserves physical evidence; performs crime scene photography and basic and advanced crime scene fingerprint processing; maintains control and chain-of-custody over physical evidence gathered; ensures proper handling, packing, and transport of evidence to crime laboratories; performs crime scene processing according to established rules, regulations and procedures.
• Processes evidence: tests, evaluates and compares body fluids, fingerprints, tool marks, tread marks, gunshot residue, firearms casings, and other trace evidence; utilizes established laboratory techniques and processes, including presumptive testing; completes and submits reports regarding the testing, evaluation and comparing of evidence.
• Processes and examines latent print cards: utilizes the latest technology and methods available in the development of latent prints; evaluates and identifies latent prints to known inked impressions; prepares and submits quality latent prints to Sheriff’s office for entry into fingerprint identification systems.
• Documents all investigative information: prepares detailed case reports and records; reviews/evaluates crime reports; compiles, maintains, and reviews various statistical data; performs research; reviews laws for application; prepares, maintains, and submits reports regarding the search and collection of evidence.
• Receives and processes fingerprints from the general public, law enforcement applicants, and City employees: takes and evaluates fingerprints; creates and maintains related records and files.
• Attends shift meetings, training sessions and seminars as required to remain knowledgeable of departmental operations, to promote improved job performance, and to stay current with changing policies, procedures, codes, investigation techniques, and criminal/civil case law: reads professional literature; maintains professional affiliations.
• Conducts public relations activities: prepares and gives speeches regarding crime scene investigation to community groups and organizations.
• Takes other photographs on request, including fire scene documentation, officer portraits, specialized unit pictures, promotion and retirement ceremonies, police memorials, and other events.
• Processes a variety of documentation associated with department/division operations, within designated timeframes and per established procedures: receives and reviews various documentation, including police reports and lab reports; reviews, completes, processes, forwards or retains as appropriate; prepares or completes various forms, reports, correspondence, and other documentation, including supplemental police reports, evidence custody documents, processing reports; compiles data for further processing or for use in preparation of department reports; and maintains computerized and/or hardcopy records.
• Operates or uses various equipment, power tools, hand tools, and supplies in order to complete work assignments: operates and maintains digital camera, forensic processing tools and equipment, fingerprinting tools and equipment, laboratory tools and equipment and other power or motorized equipment; operates a personal computer to enter, retrieve, review or modify data, utilizing word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation, Internet, e-mail, or other software; and operates general office or other equipment as necessary to complete essential functions.
• Communicates with supervisor, other employees, District Attorney, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems.
High School diploma or G.E.D. supplemented by one year of experience in collecting and processing evidence or related field; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.
Requires a valid state driver’s license with an acceptable driving history
This is a sensitive local government position. Employment for the selected candidate(s) is contingent upon the successful completion of a departmental background investigation to including criminal, credit and driver's history checks, polygraph examination, fingerprinting and drug screening.