Employment Opportunity

Police Services Manager - Identification and Property Units

Council Bluffs Police Department, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Salary: $65,881 - $84,082 per year

Final Filing Date: December 4, 2017

Coordinates and supervises the activities of the Identification and Property Units of the Police Department. The work in this class involves having the supervisory responsibility of performing crime-scene functions; managing the retention and disposition of evidence and property; processing evidence; plus developing and presenting materials for court presentations.

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  • Supervises the receipt, storage, release, or destruction of evidence and other property
  • Oversees the preparation of evidence and property for auction, donation, destruction, or return to owner
  • Supervises the transport of evidence from crime scene or drop boxes to the evidence room
  • Coordinates processes to comply with chain of custody protocol, policies, procedures, and legal requirements
  • Provides court testimony concerning evidence and property brought into the property system as an expert witness
  • Manages all phases of crime scene investigations, fingerprint identification, forensic analysis and comparison disciplines, and resolves problems relating to crime laboratory operations
  • Coordinates forensic activities with various units of the Police Department and other local federal agencies as appropriate
  • Photographs crime scenes, including aerial and forensic photography and maintains all digital/film photography negatives and files
  • Prepares fingerprints found on various types of evidence for entry in to the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS)
  • Takes inked/digital fingerprints of individuals
  • Makes fingerprint comparisons to verify identity and/or duplication of records
  • Researches new technology and more efficient methods of performing forensic investigation functions and recommends and implements new forensic investigation policies, procedures, and standards
  • Manages the budgets of the Identification and Property Units
  • Maintains statistics of services provided
  • Maintains equipment used in the Identification and Property Units
  • Maintains good public relations through courteous and prompt attention to all citizen requests for service
  • Performs any and all duties of the Identification Technician I and Property Management Specialist positions
  • Regular and predictable attendance is required
  • Other duties as assigned


Education and/or Experience:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement, Physical Science, Criminal/Forensic Sciences, or a closely related field
  • Master’s Degree in Law Enforcement, Physical Science, Criminal/Forensic Sciences, Personnel Management, Public Administration, or a closely related field, preferred
  • Two years’ experience working for a law enforcement agency
  • Two years of supervisory experience
  • Experience as a Latent Print Examiner and in the operation of the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) is a plus
  • Any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • International Association for Identification (IAI) Certified Crime Scene Investigator (Level 1) is required, Certification as a Crime Scene Analyst (Level 2) is preferred
Physical Demands:
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and see, talk, and hear.
  • The employee must be able to occasionally lift and work with up to seventy-five (75) pounds.
  • The employee must be able to frequently lift and work with up to fifty (50) pounds.
  • The employee must be able to continuously lift and work with up to ten (10) pounds.
  • Depending on the locations of crime scenes, investigation work may include moving body parts and bloody clothing, and may be performed indoors or outdoors in varying weather temperatures and conditions, at heights, and in confined spaces. In addition, incumbents are required to move through fields or wooded areas while carrying equipment or evidence. Employees may have to perform duties in conditions involving emotionally charged situations and overt hostility. Many crime scenes are in dangerous, unsanitary locations, and involve unsightly and disturbing sights such as a murder victims, suicides, and motor vehicle accidents. Work requires adherence to Universal Barrier Precautions since it involves exposure to infectious and contagious diseases, unsanitary health habits, and contact with sputum, urine, feces, sperm, blood, and vomit.
Other Skills and Abilities:
  • Thorough knowledge of specialized technical functions in identification procedures
  • Knowledge of instrumentation, capabilities, and limitations of breath analysis methods, firearms and tool mark comparisons, fingerprint identifications, and photograph processing in digital media
  • Knowledge of current forensic laboratory processes and equipment used to develop and enhance differing forms of latent evidence
  • Knowledge, training, and skill to independently process a major crime scene
  • Knowledgeable in the operation and management of the Property Unit
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of evidence collection, analysis, and preservation
  • Ability to adhere to safety policies, guidelines, and procedures
  • Ability to learn and adapt to advances in computer and electronics device technology and software
  • Good knowledge of modern office practices and procedures
  • Knowledge of simple mathematical calculations, simple bookkeeping, and accounting principles
  • Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing with the public, other agencies, and staff
  • Considerable skill in the organization and maintenance of files, records, and systems
  • Ability to prepare and maintain clear, concise, and accurate reports
  • Ability to learn and apply department rules and procedures
  • Ability to work independently
  • Must be able to work long hours and irregular shifts
  • Must be of good moral character

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Posted: November 1, 2017

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