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Supervising Forensic Investigator

Sacramento Police Department, Sacramento, California

Salary: $64,141.23 - $90,629.87 Annually

Final Filing Date: November 14, 2017

Under general direction, to supervise the forensic investigation and processing of crime scenes and related evidence, provide direct supervisory oversight of subordinate personnel, process and evaluate evidence, examine latent fingerprints, train and evaluate the performance of subordinate personnel and perform related duties and responsibilities in accordance with Police Department policies and procedures.


This is the highest level of the Forensic Investigator series. A Supervising Forensic Investigator works under general direction and within the framework of established procedures, is expected to exercise first-line supervisory authority, independent judgment, and oversee, direct and perform a variety of advanced, complex and difficult duties in scene photography and videography, evidence evaluation, collection and processing, scene diagramming and latent fingerprint examination and identification without supervision or assistance. Adequate performance at this level requires independent decision making ability, the ability to supervise the activities of others, knowledge of departmental procedures and complex, advanced and accepted forensic practices and protocols, investigative skills, critical thinking and analysis and the ability to locate and examine latent fingerprints and identify and verify identifications. This level is distinguished from the lower level Lead Forensic Investigator in that the latter is the lead level of the series and the former is responsible for the direct supervision of a Unit of the Forensic Identification Section. This level is distinguished from the higher level Police Administrative Manager in that the latter is a second-line exempt management position responsible for the overall management of the Forensic Identification Section.


General direction is provided by the Police Administrative Manager. Incumbents of the Supervising Forensic Investigator class are expected to perform the full range of first-line supervisory responsibilities including direct supervision, training, oversight, work direction, administration of discipline and evaluation of the performance of subordinate personnel.

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  • Plan, assign, review and supervise the work of subordinate crime scene investigations personnel.
  • Evaluate and monitor the performance of crime scene investigations personnel, develop and implement training or initiate corrective action to improve performance and proficiency when necessary.
  • Administer personnel transactions and functions for the assigned unit; maintain unit personnel files and other records.
  • Recommend and implement informal and formal disciplinary actions.
  • Provide technical forensic advice and assistance on difficult, complex forensic assignments.
  • Oversee and evaluate the completion of reports of forensic activities; prepare complex reports on unit performance and other subjects as required.
  • Assist in preparing the section budget and monitor the expenses of the assigned unit.
  • Serve as unit liaison to Police Department units, other City departments and members of the public as required.
  • Prepare work schedules to provide for adequate shift and/or unit coverage; prepare and approve vacation and leave schedules.
  • Maintain the upkeep of facilities, vehicles and equipment; maintain adequate supplies of forensic equipment and material.
  • Review operating procedures and forensic protocols and submit recommendations for improvement.
  • Respond to a wide variety of crime scenes and oversee and direct the activities of subordinate personnel both at crime scenes, in follow-up processing of evidence, and in the examination, identification and verification of inked and latent fingerprints.
  • Participate in and perform specialized duties in the investigation and evaluation of crime scenes and related evidence.
  • Collect, preserve, protect, prepare written records and establish and/or control the chain of custody of physical and biological evidence.
  • Measure locations and relational distances of victims, suspects and other individuals, evidence, objects, buildings, vehicles and other items using manual and automated equipment and prepare diagrammatic material depicting those measurements and locations as found at crime scenes.
  • Develop latent fingerprints with powders, chemicals, or other approved methods, both in the field and in an evidence laboratory, on a variety of objects and surfaces and perform related specialized photography.
  • Perform forensic photography and videography of victims, suspects, crime scenes, items of evidence, latent prints and other items and objects.
  • Fingerprint and photograph dead bodies in various states of decomposition.
  • Evaluate and compare inked and latent prints using manual and automated methods.
  • Verify identifications of inked and latent fingerprints.
  • Fingerprint persons as required.
  • Testify in court.
  • Provide training to other department personnel.
  • Provide demonstrations and presentations regarding forensic techniques and equipment to department personnel, other City departments, citizens and community groups.
  • Provide exceptional customer service to those contacted in the course of work.
  • Other related duties may also be performed; not all duties listed are necessarily performed by each individual holding this classification.


Knowledge of:
  • Advanced techniques of digital forensic photography and videography.
  • Advanced techniques of fingerprint pattern recognition.
  • Principles of fingerprint comparisons.
  • Principles, practices, and procedures of police identification and investigation work.
  • Techniques of developing latent fingerprints with powders, chemicals, or other approved methods.
  • Advanced techniques in the manual and automated preparation of crime scene diagrams.
  • Evidence collection, preservation, protection and establishment and control of the chain of custody.
  • Report writing.
  • Safety procedures relating to evidence processing and general office procedures.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
Ability to:
  • Supervise, provide leadership, oversee and direct the work of subordinate personnel.
  • Issue, understand and carry out oral and written directions.
  • Perform a variety of record keeping, filing, indexing, and other general clerical work.Perform fingerprinting examination, identification and verification.
  • Adhere to and apply police procedures and methods for crime scene investigations.
  • Perform physical and biological evidence collection, crime scene photography, videography and diagramming.
  • Properly handle and maintain safety equipment and chemicals.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, City departments, governmental agencies, and the general public.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Provide effective testimony in court.
  • Evaluate and prepare records and reports.
  • Provide training and evaluate the performance of subordinate personnel, both orally and in writing.
  • Provide keen attention to detail and engage in critical thinking and analysis.
  • Work at locations involving human trauma of all types and degrees of severity and in high stress situations.
  • Perform crime scene investigation work involving extended hours and physical effort, in inclement weather and at a variety of locations.
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION - Any combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
  • Experience:
    • Three years experience performing the full range of journey-level duties and responsibilities related to crime scene investigations, evidence processing and evaluation, forensic photography and videography, manual and/or automated crime scene diagramming, and/or latent fingerprint examination, identification and verification.
    • Three (3) years experience as a Forensic Investigator II for the Sacramento Police Department.
    • One (1) year experience as a Lead Forensic Investigator for the Sacramento Police Department.
  • Education:
    • Completion of sixty (60) units from an accredited college or university with major work in forensic science, criminal justice, chemistry, biology, or a closely related field.
  • Substitution:
    • A Bachelors Degree from an accredited college or university with major work in forensic science, criminal justice, chemistry, biology, or a closely related field may substitute for one (1) year of experience at the Forensic Investigator II level.
  • Driver License: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License at the time of appointment. Loss of the Class C License is cause for discipline. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to physical disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Respiratory Protective Equipment: Work in this class requires wearing respiratory protective equipment at times. When assigned to such work, facial hair must be shaven when it interferes with the safe fitting of respiratory protective equipment.
  • Felony Convictions: Free of felony convictions under California Government Code Section 1029.
  • Probationary Period: Employees must complete twelve (12) months of probation at a satisfactory performance level prior to gaining permanent status.

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Posted: October 25, 2017

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