Criminal Identification Technician

Colchester, VT
Colchester Police Department

The Colchester Police Department is seeking a highly organized and detail-oriented professional to join its team. This individual will oversee all property and evidence operations within the Police Department, including collecting, documenting, preparing, preserving and examining physical evidence from crime scenes.


Hiring range is $23.16 – $26.41 per hour, depending on qualifications and experience, plus a competitive benefits package.

Final Filing Date

January 28, 2022



Manages and operates the function of evidence and property collection including being
responsible for proper inventory, control, and recording of evidence and property that
enters the control of CPD.

     o Records property/evidence into the CPD property software and ensures that it
matches entries made by collecting officer in records management software.

     o Maintains chain of evidence for court and legal proceedings in which they may be
called to testify.

Properly identifies, obtains, catalogues and processes forensic crime scene evidence as
described in CPD General Order # 45.

     o Utilizes proper and appropriate Personal Protective Equipment.

     o Searches crime scenes for evidentiary items pertaining to the incident in
conjunction with investigating detectives.

o Appropriately packages and secures serology, drug, firearm, DNA, fingerprint,
trace, and any other type of evidence.

o Processes evidence at CPD or sends/transports evidence to the Vermont
Forensic Laboratory for further analysis

Maintains and audits evidence and property storage areas and filing systems.

     o Conducts periodic inventory of evidence as directed in General Order # 45.

     o Uses computer databases to locate, update, and compile information concerning
evidence status.

     o Thoroughly researches cases so that evidence related thereto may be destroyed
when certain criteria are met.

Performs other duties as required


 Associate degree in criminal justice, digital forensics, or related field required.
 Additional relevant experience may be substituted for a degree requirement on a two-for-
one per year basis.
 Demonstrated knowledge of various photography methods, forensic sciences, and
identifying probative evidence required.
 Must successfully complete application, interview panel, and background investigation.
Felonies, certain misdemeanors, and crimes involving violence may be disqualifiers.
 Ability to work independently and as part of a team required.
 Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
 Employee must be able to establish and maintain good relations with his or her
coworkers, other law enforcement officers, civilian technicians, and the general public.
 Employee must be able to appropriately deal with stress such that it does not interfere
with his/her performing his/her job duties.