CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS
Under the general direction of the Investigative Support Sergeant, is responsible for supervision of Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) personnel and for performing skilled technical police work in the identifying, collecting and classifying physical evidence, to include fingerprints, and performing technical photographic work. Must possess extensive experience in the field of forensic science or crime scene investigation and certification as a latent print examiner or as an expert witness in a criminal forensics discipline.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
A. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
Collects, documents, prepares, preserves, and examines physical evidence from crime scenes and persons related to a crime to reconstruct the chain of events for a specific crimes.
Assume responsibility as Lead Crime Scene Investigator in major cases and coordinates crime scene related activities with Major Case Detectives.
Processes crime scenes and physical evidence related to a crime with advanced knowledge for latent and/or patent finger/palm prints using chemicals. Chemicals can include Ninhydrin, Cyanoacrylate Ester Fuming, lodine Fuming, Hungarian Red, Leuco Crystal Violet, and any other chemical necessary for the development of latent/patent prints. Graphite powder, and alternate light source techniques can be included in the processes.
Diagrams and measures crime scenes for reconstruction purposes
Documents investigations and examinations with written reports in a clear and concise manner. Performs routine office tasks such as typing, faxing, telephoning and photocopying.
Provides expert witness testimony in court proceedings.
Constructs computerized facial composites and computerized crime scene diagrams for reconstruction of a crime.
Classifies fingerprints and records classification according to prescribed formula.
Attends autopsies of deceased persons. Collects, preserves, and packages physical evidence obtained from deceased persons at autopsy.
Exhibits a working knowledge and perform safety procedures related to crime scene investigations on a continual basis. Operates assigned vehicles and equipment in a safe manner.
Provides training to new crime scene investigators on procedures; provides interdepartmental training to civilian and sworn personnel, as well as local, federal and state agencies upon request in crime scene investigation techniques.
Provide expert analysis in a particular crime scene investigation related field.
Management may assign additional tasks related to the type of work of the class as necessary.
Provides verbal and written correspondence with other agencies and individuals for informational exchange.
Make oral and visual presentations to civilian attorneys and law enforcement Officers.
Assists in making microscopic comparisons from plaster and moulage casts of shoes, tires, instruments and other impressions.
Proceeds unassisted in various investigations, including death investigations, i.e., taking fingerprint impression of cadavers, etc.
Attends court hearings and trials as required.
B. MARGINAL FUNCTIONS
Safely operate all types of firearms taken as evidence – load – unload.
Sift through Arson debris.
Present public speaking seminars, etc.
A. TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
Requires a Bachelors Degree or specialized training equivalent to satisfactory completion of four years of college education with emphasis in Forensic Sciences, Criminal Justice or closely related field and the equivalent of five years of job experience as a Crime Scene Investigator.
Requires Certification through the Florida Division of the International Association of Identification as a “Level 2 – Certified Crime Scene Analyst”
Requires the successful completion of (120) hours of crime scene related advanced training courses.
Requires a valid Florida driver’s license without restrictions except corrective lenses and must reside within a twenty-five (25) mile radius of the City of Melbourne. Must successfully complete a polygraph examination, criminal records check, driving record check, and a background investigation. Must not have been convicted of a felony crime or misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement in any jurisdiction.
Subject to emergency call-outs during off-duty hours, including nights and/or weekends as required. Off-duty telephone service is required.
B. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of supervisory skills and practices.
Ability to observe and direct a small work group.
Ability to recognized and correct performance that deviates from accepted norms.
Knowledge of crime scene principles, practices, policies, and procedures.
Knowledge of applicable laws and precedents.
Knowledge of applicable City, State, and Federal Ordinances and Laws.
Advanced knowledge of Fingerprint Science
Knowledge of technical aspects of crime scene processing.
Knowledge of emergency medical and first aid practices.
Ability to make oral presentations.
Ability to physically move property items – large and small.
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 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 REQUIREMENTSAbility 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 - 5/2015