Crime Scene Technician I Job Description

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CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS

Under the general direction of the Crime Scene Investigator Supervisor, is responsible for collecting, documenting, preparing, preserving, examining, securing, and packaging physical evidence for scientific evaluation; preparing detailed, well-written reports; and testifying in court regarding the findings and methods used at the crime scene.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Fingerprint and photograph suspects, victims, witnesses, etc.

Searches AFIX database to find specific prints or to make comparisons.

Corresponds with other agencies and exchanges identification information.

Processes all types of crime scenes (burglaries, train deaths, plane deaths, homicides, etc.)

Attend autopsies and process deceased persons for evidence.

Searches and develops latent prints, utilizing various methods.

Takes photographs of crime scenes; prints photographs.

Searches, collects, preserves, and processes physical evidence.

Obtain casts of shoes, tires, instruments and other impressions.

Keeps records and prepares detailed reports of findings of examinations and investigations.

Proceeds unassisted in various investigations, including death investigations, i.e., taking fingerprint impression of cadavers, etc.

Provide courtroom testimony and evidence collection in trials, depositions, and hearings.

Draws diagrams of various scenes and utilizes laser mapping equipment.

Maintains vehicles and equipment in working order.

Safely operate all types of firearms taken as evidence – load – unload.

Sift through arson debris.

Present public speaking seminars, etc.

 

REQUIREMENTS

A. TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE PRINCIPLES, PRACTICES OF CRIME SCENE

Bachelor’s (B.S.) degree in Forensic Science or related discipline. Must demonstrate knowledge in the field of forensic science, crime scene investigation techniques, and familiarity with current evidence collection and chain of custody.
Must possess and maintain a valid State of Florida driver's license without restrictions except corrective lenses and must reside within a 25 mile radius of the City of Melbourne. Applicants may possess a valid out of state driver's license and obtain the Florida license within 10 days of employment. Must successfully complete a polygraph examination, criminal records check, driving record check, and background investigation. Must not have been convicted of a felony crime or misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement in any jurisdiction.

Subject to call-outs during off-duty hours, including nights and/or weekends as required. Off-duty telephone service is required.

Must be able to obtain certification through the International Association for Identification (IAI) as a Certified Crime Scene Investigator within 2 years of employment.

B. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of crime scene principles, practices, policies, and procedures.

Knowledge of applicable laws and legal precedents.

Knowledge of applicable Federal, State, County, and City Ordinances and Laws.

Knowledge of the basics of Fingerprint Science.

Knowledge of technical aspects of crime scene processing.

Must be able to perform mathematical calculations to determine bullet trajectory and blood spatter impact origination.

Knowledge of emergency medical and first aid practices.

Ability to make oral presentations.

Ability to investigate situations and to prepare written reports.

Ability to act effectively in crisis situations.

Skills in communication with co-workers and the community.

Skills in operating motor vehicles in hazardous situations.

Skills in taking, classifying, identifying, and filing fingerprints.

Skills in the use of computers, digital cameras and other technical equipment used in crime scene investigation.

Skills in searching for, preserving, and interpreting physical evidence and identification data.

Skills in maintaining cross index filing systems and in classifying documentary material for filing purposes.

 

C. PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS

Ability to exert between 20 and 50 pounds of force on a recurring basis.

Ability to climb a ladder.

Ability to exercise manual dexterity for data entry and writing reports.

Ability to hear conversations spoken in various tones of voice.

Ability to read, write, and speak the English language clearly and concisely.

Ability to grasp objects.

Ability to operate a motor vehicle.

Ability to bend, walk, kneel, crawl, stretch and sit while lifting heavy objects.

Ability to identify colors and read symbols.

Ability to read and write legal documents.

Ability to visually inspect items for safety reasons.


This job description is not intended to be and should not be construed as an all inclusive list of all the responsibilities, skills, or working conditions associated with the position. While it is intended to accurately reflect the position activities and requirements, management reserves the right to modify, add or remove duties and assign other duties as necessary. This job description does not constitute a written or implied employment contract.

Revision Date - 12/3/15