Police Crime Scene Specialist

Surprise, AZ
Surprise Police Department
Salary: $19.31-$28.95 Hourly

Incumbents photograph, process, and record crime scenes showing correlation between the evidence and scene, and perform various chemical and photographic processes in the field or workstation to develop, compare, and preserve evidence. Incumbents also train Police employees in evidence collection and crime scene safety, and may make public presentations.

$19.31 – $28.95 Hourly


This list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed.
• Identifies, collects, examines, interprets, classifies, preserves, and presents evidence from crime scenes, such as biological evidence, latent fingerprints, tire prints, firearms, shoe prints, tool marks, and other physical evidence
• Processes evidence in the field or workstation using special powders, chemical solutions, forensic light sources, and various cameras, lenses, and filters to develop and preserve evidence
• Prepares detailed reports of scenes that have been processed and any involvement during the investigation
• Attends autopsies to photograph injuries and fingerprint the deceased for identification purposes
• Photographs major crime scenes and serious accidents
• Develops, collects, and/or preserves latent fingerprints by conventional, chemical or laser/alternate light source technology; classifies and compares fingerprints
• Performs presumptive chemical identification examinations on various types of substances, including blood and narcotics
• Provides expert testimony relative to the work performed in court and other legal proceedings
• Trains Police employees in crime scene evidence collection, safety, and photography; instructs Police personnel on the proper methods of crime scene search and investigation, and the preservation and collection of physical evidence; may provide training in crime scene preservation to patrol officers, detectives, and citizens
• Works with Investigations personnel to ensure the proper preparation of evidence for court and other relevant proceedings
• Enters and extracts information from the AFIS system; runs searches/matches on the system
• Ensure workstations and assigned areas are stocked with evidence collection supplies and kept in an organized manner
• Works rotating shifts with irregular hours, weekends, holidays, on-call basis, and availability over the normal duty hours
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality
• Performs other duties of a similar nature or level


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Classifications, comparison, identification, filing, and searching of fingerprints
• Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, rules, codes, statutes, and regulations
• Crime scene investigation principles and practices
• Firearms safety and handling
• Photography principles
• Principles and procedures of investigating, processing, and documenting of motor vehicle accidents
• Basic warehousing practices and procedures
• Local, State, and Federal rules, policies, and procedures related to the collection, preservation, storage, retention, and disposal of property and evidence

Skill In:
• Use of photographic equipment and photo lab materials
• Using modern office and laboratory equipment
• Use of latent print development and recovery equipment
• Using a computer and related software applications

Ability to:
• Learn and apply criminal law and procedures
• Take fingerprints suitable for use in the AzAFIS
• Testify in court as a latent print/fingerprint expert
• Use computerized data entry and retrieval systems
• Identify, evaluate, and present evidence
• Handle and process various chemicals to process evidence
• Prepare accurate and grammatically correct written reports and purchase requests
• Understand and carry out oral and written directions in an independent manner
• Learn and apply the City's purchasing procedures
• Apply Local, State and Federal rules, policies, and procedures to the retention and disposal of property and evidence
• Organize a large inventory
• Maintain efficient record keeping systems
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships and those contacted in the course of work
• Facilitate training sessions
• Think and act quickly under pressure and make appropriate judgments
• Work rotating shifts with irregular hours, weekends, holidays, on-call basis, and availability over the normal duty hours
• Communicate orally and in writing
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc., to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction

Associate's Degree in Crime Scene Investigations, Criminalistics, Forensic or Natural Science and two years as a Crime Scene Specialist with a law enforcement agency or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

Must obtain an ACJIS Terminal Operator Certification within six months of hire date. Must obtain certification on Arizona Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AzAFIS) within six months of hire date. Must obtain certification as a Crime Scene Investigator by the International Association of Identification within two years of hire date. Must have at the time of hire and be able to maintain a valid Arizona Driver License.