Employment Opportunity

Crime Scene Investigator

DeKalb County Police Department, Decatur, Georgia

Salary: 36,555 - $56,660 per year

Final Filing Date: Open unttil filled

The purpose of this classification is to process crime scenes for the Police department.

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  • Processes crime scenes: examines crime scenes for evidence: identifies, collects, and preserves physical evidence; performs crime scene photography and sketching; maintains control and chain-of-custody over physical evidence collected; ensures proper handling, packing, and transport of evidence to crime laboratories; performs crime scene processing according to established rules, regulations and procedures.
  • Processes evidence: tests, evaluates and compares trace evidence ; utilizes established laboratory techniques and processes; completes and submits reports regarding the testing, evaluation and comparing of evidence.
  • Processes and examines latent print cards: utilizes the latest technology and methods available in the development of latent prints; evaluates and identifies latent prints to known inked impressions.
  • Documents all investigative information: prepares detailed case reports and records; enters/uploads information into department databases; verifies accuracy and completeness of information.
  • Participates in court activities: prepares cases for prosecution; testifies in judicial proceedings regarding findings and procedures used in evidence collection and processing.
  • Attends shift meetings, training sessions and seminars as required to remain knowledgeable of departmental operations, to promote improved job performance, and to stay current with changing policies, procedures, codes, investigation techniques, and criminal/civil case law.
  • Prepares or completes various forms, reports, timesheets, evidence logs, scene sketches and diagrams, daily activity sheets, vehicle/equipment maintenance records, or other documents.
  • Receives various forms, diagrams, equipment operational guides, chemical labels, street maps, policies, procedures, manuals, reference materials, or other documentation; reviews, completes, processes, forwards or retains as appropriate.
  • Communicates with supervisor, other County employees and departments, outside agencies, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems.
  • Operates and maintains a motor vehicle, digital camera, video camera, forensic processing tools and equipment, fingerprinting tools and equipment, laboratory tools and equipment, etc.
  • Operates a personal computer to enter, retrieve, review or modify data, utilizing word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation, Internet, e-mail, or other software; and operates general office or other equipment as necessary to complete essential functions.
  • Takes other photographs on request, including fire scene documentation, officer portraits, specialized unit pictures, promotion and retirement ceremonies, police memorials, and other events.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • Associate’s degree in Crime Scene Investigation, Forensic Science or related field required ; supplemented by one year of experience in related field; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.
Specific License or Certification Required:
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license.

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How to apply: Apply online

Posted: September 1, 2017

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