Employment Opportunity

Crime Scene Technician

Richmond Police Department, Richmond, California

Salary: $4,727.00 - $5,577.00 Monthly

Final Filing Date: August 11, 2017

Under general supervision, identifies, collects, and preserves evidence at crime scenes in support of law enforcement activities, and performs related work as required.

The Crime Scene Technician is a non-sworn, professional position assigned to the Policing Bureau of the Police Department. This classification requires the exercise of initiative and independent judgment in implementing established work methods and procedures. Supervision is received from a police sergeant and/or sworn officer who reviews work through reports, meetings, field observations, and overall results achieved. The work requires exposure to hazardous chemicals and evidence that may be bio-hazardous or carcinogenic. Incumbents may be required to use a respirator when these elements could be present. The Crime Scene Technician position requires shift work, and working weekends and holidays.

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  • Responds to calls for crime scene services as quickly as good judgment and safety allow.
  • Processes scenes of major crimes at any hour of the day or night under any weather conditions.
  • Photographs crime and accident scenes, including burglaries, robberies, deaths, thefts, and assault victims to record the appearance of evidence using highly-skilled photographic and evidence-gathering techniques.
  • Identifies, collects, and secures physical evidence, including: blood, bodily fluids, hair, fibers, and firearms for laboratory testing and use as evidence in criminal prosecutions.
  • Searches for and develops latent prints at crime scenes.
  • Photographs and fingerprints suspects, victims (including deceased individuals), witnesses, and applicants.
  • Produces castings of footprints, tire tracks, and other impressions.
  • Determines procedures to be used when identifying, collecting, and processing evidence.
  • Comprehends and makes inferences from written material, including procedure manuals and departmental administrative and field orders in order to learn and apply crime scene processing techniques.
  • Performs basic mathematical calculations to measure distance.
  • Testifies in court.
  • Writes detailed reports and establishes and maintains records to ensure proper chain of custody of physical evidence.
  • Communicates and interacts with sworn officers, co-workers, supervisors, and the public in answering questions, processing crime scenes, explaining procedures, and handling complaints; interacts with victims and witnesses.


Thorough Knowledge of:
  • Law enforcement activities and the organization of a police department; the police officer's role in criminal prosecution.
Ability to:
  • Read maps and learn the geography of the City; observe and recall details; learn photographic techniques and methods, including the use of a variety of film, digital equipment, lighting, filtration, infrared, and ultraviolet techniques; learn to use powders and chemicals to process scenes for latent fingerprints and subsequent lifting/photographing; learn standard techniques for classification, development, transfer, and chemical processing of fingerprints; learn the techniques for gathering and preserving physical evidence; learn the rules of evidence and court methods and procedures; learn the hazards and safety precautions related to crime scenes, chemicals, and equipment used in processing evidence; learn gunshot residue testing and field drug testing; present accurate and professional testimony in court; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with associated personnel, federal, state, and regional law enforcement agencies, court personnel, and the public.
  • Applicants must have completed at least 60 semester units of college coursework from an accredited college or university with coursework in Photography, Criminalistics, or Physical Science (Biology/Biochemistry, Chemistry, or Forensic Science).
  • Possession and maintenance of a valid California Driver's License and a satisfactory driving record is an on-going requirement. Because of the confidential, sensitive nature of the work required, successful completion of a polygraph and background investigation is required. Must be able to qualify to use protective respirator equipment based on passing a specialized physical examination by the hire date, and maintain certification.
  • Must be able to work in an office or outdoor setting and have a range of hearing and vision equal to performing the essential functions of the job. Incumbents will be subject to a variety of weather conditions, noises, and various chemicals and odors associated with job responsibilities. Incumbents must have a range of motion to permit climbing stairs, walking, standing, stooping, and crouching for extended periods of time. Lifting heavy items may be required.

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Posted: July 18, 2017

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