Employment Opportunity

Crime Scene Investigator I

Denver Police Department, Denver, Colorado

Salary: $50,731.20 - $74,068.80 Annually

Final Filing Date: November 13, 2017

This is the entry-level class in the Crime Scene Investigations classification series. This class provides support to Police Officers, Detectives, Forensic Scientists, Prosecuting and Defense Attorneys in processing crime scenes as directed by senior crime scene analysts or Supervisors. Work performed in the field is often in difficult conditions, including autopsies and in the crime laboratory vehicle examination garage. Personnel are responsible for preparing reports, case summaries to maintain liaison between other investigators, Detectives, and Police Officers at the direction of Supervisor(s) and/or Senior Crime Scene Analyst(s). Shifts, weekends, and holiday work is required, as well as call-out assignments as required by the mission of the Denver Police Department Crime Laboratory. These personnel respond to requests for information and provide testimony in City, State, and Federal legal proceedings. Examinations, work, observations, oral and written reports are reviewed and evaluated by Forensic Supervisor(s) and/or Senior Crime Scene Analyst(s).

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  • Receives comprehensive instruction to identify, collect, preserve, package, document and present biological evidence, latent fingerprints, tire impressions, shoe impressions, tool marks, photographic, video and other physical evidence on routine cases.
  • Learns how to process evidence in the laboratory to develop and preserve evidence.
  • Attends autopsies to photograph and videotape injuries and assist with the collection of additional evidence.
  • Prepares routine technical departmental reports and supplements.
  • Assists with documenting evidence for submission to the Property Management Bureau for storage.
  • Maintains proper chain of custody on evidence and proper packaging to preserve and prevent contamination.
  • Testifies in court as a witness in connection to the scenes processed and evidence recovered and preserved.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


The ideal candidate will have:
  • A strong scientific acumen
  • Analytical skills
  • Ability to perform well under pressure
  • Be effective at managing a large and dynamic call load
  • Excellent communication
  • Strong attention to detail
  • A team attitude
  • Flexible
We realize your time is valuable so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required minimum qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, Chemistry, Biology, or a related field and
  • One year of experience in crime scene processing that includes the techniques generally used in crime scene documenting and processing.
Education/Experience Equivalency:
  • Additional appropriate education may be substituted for the minimum experience requirement.
  • Additional appropriate experience may be substituted for the minimum education requirement. Volunteer experience and scholastic experience may substitute for up to one year of total experience.
Licensure and/or Certification:
  • By position, requires a valid driver's license at the time of application.
  • Ability to obtain applicable IAI Certified Crime Scene Investigator, Level 1 or LEVA Certified Forensic Video Technician certification within two years of employment.
Condition of Employment:
  • It is a condition of employment that the Denver Police Forensics & Evidence Division form for consent for collection of a DNA sample be completed at the time of hire.

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Posted: October 30, 2017

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