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Employment Opportunity


Crime Scene Technician

Ocala Police Department, Ocala, Florida

Salary: $28,600.00 - $47,600.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

Primary function is to respond to crime scenes to preserve and collect evidence to be submitted to the Technical Services Section. This includes photography, latent print collection, and DNA collection of evidence. The position is an entry level position assigned to a field capacity in the Technical Service Section. Reports to the Technical Services Supervisor.

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Duties:

  • Responds to crime scenes to assist sworn officers in the collection and preservation of evidence related to criminal cases. These techniques include photography, latent processing, and DNA collection. Processes evidence in a lab controlled environment for latent and DNA evidence. Packages evidence for preservation.
  • Keeps notes in the field on evidence collection processes to be documented in a incident report. Completes property tab entries and evidence narrative reports on criminal cases. Maintains records on their activity for monthly Technical Service Section report. Researches the Ocala Police Department, State Attorney's Office and court records to determine if evidence and/or other property can be disposed of, returned, or to locate owner as provided by state statutes and/or city ordinances.
  • Researches to determine ownership of property and returns property to owners. High volume of customer service to employees and other various law enforcement agencies. Assists the public and other agencies with inquiries about evidence, and lost, stolen, or recovered property. Returns property that was recovered. Inquiries are made in person, written and by telephone. Testifies to the chain of custody of evidence. Produces evidence at trials, hearings and depositions.
  • Required to report to work at the appointed hour, as scheduled, and to work the entire assigned shift.

Requirements:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
  • High School Diploma or GED
MINIMUM SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
  • Ability to use computers and other office equipment.
  • Must be organized and capable of detailed and accurate work, able to safely handle firearms, bio-hazardous materials, chemicals, and tools.
  • Must be able to do photography and process evidence in the lab. Ability to operate a motor vehicle.
  • Ability to meet multiple deadlines and perform duties with numerous and sometimes lengthy interruptions.
  • Ability to give professional competent testimony in legal hearings.
  • Ability to maintain confidential information.
  • Ability to use independent judgment.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in written form.
LICENSES/CERTIFICATIONS:
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Florida Operator's Drivers License with an acceptable driving record.
WORK ENVIRONMENT:
  • This position has a separate work area comprised of an office, an evidence processing area, a photo lab, supply closet and evidence storage rooms located on the lower floor of the Department.
  • Crime Scene Technicians can be assigned to the same work site.
  • Job functions are performed Monday through Friday, but at times require flexibility in work hours. Will be called out to process a crime scene which involves adverse weather conditions.
  • Equipment used consists of desks, telephones, two computers, printer, typewriter, fax machine, copy machine, files, processing equipment and chemicals, cameras and related equipment, sink, photo lab, automobile and various items of office equipment.
  • The immediate supervisor is at the job site 75% of the time. Available by two way radio, telephone or cell phone.
PHYSICAL COMPLETION OF EACH JOB FUNCTION:
  • Approximately 70% of the essential job functions require the Crime Scene Technician I to be walking, standing, lifting, bending, carrying evidence such as TVs, bikes, stereos, drug paraphernalia and weapons which vary from light to heavy.
  • Reads small print, handwritten reports, computer printouts and screens, and to visually examine property and such items as fingerprints and serial numbers.
  • Climbs ladders and walks on rugged terrain to search a variety of crime scenes.
  • Manual dexterity to do precise and delicate work, such as focusing cameras, lifting latent fingerprints, recovering minute fragments of evidence, etc.
  • Communicates clearly to use the telephone and police radio effectively.
  • Demonstrates the ability to handle extremely unpleasant items or situations such as decomposed bodies, bloody evidence and homicide scenes.
  • Ability to maintain confidential and sensitive information.

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Posted: September 12, 2017



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