Employment Opportunity

Forensic Specialist - Crime Scene Investigator

Aurora Police Department, Aurora, Colorado

Salary: $26.39 - $38.22 per hour

Final Filing Date: March 16, 2018

This posting is scheduled to close on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 12 noon, however is subject to close at any time without prior notice.

The City of Aurora Crime Lab is looking for a highly qualified candidate who will perform a variety of technical work to investigate crime scenes and assess and prepare physical evidence to support the investigations function of the Aurora Police Department.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Assists in investigating crime scenes
  • Locates, identifies, classifies collects and preserves crime scene evidence
  • Prepares detailed reports on investigations
  • Photographs and videotapes crime scenes and evidence
  • Assists coroner at death scenes
  • Attends autopsies to collect evidence and photograph examinations
  • Measures evidence at crime scenes using a variety of manual, electronic and computerized measuring devices and creates scaled drawings/diagrams
  • Processes evidence in the laboratory using special powders, chemical solutions, forensic light sources and various camera lenses and filters in order to develop and preserve evidence
  • Testifies in court as required
  • Documents evidence for submission to the Property Unit for storage
  • Maintains proper chain of custody on evidence and proper packaging to preserve and prevent contamination
  • Performs additional duties as required


Minimum Qualifications
  • Education: Associates Degree in criminal justice, biology/chemistry science, police science or a directly related field
  • Experience: 2 years experience in Criminal Justice or related field that includes Crime Scene Investigation and laboratory work
  • An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that demonstrates required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be considered.
Licenses and Certifications:
  • None required
  • Knowledge of basic chemistry; photography; procedures and techniques of evidence collection and preservation; and crime scene investigation and photography.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and citizens; handle stressful situations with tact and diplomacy; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; work under stressful conditions in any weather condition and under adverse physical circumstances; ability to work various shifts, nights, holidays, and weekends; ability to respond to Aurora Police Department within one hour of notification.
  • Strong technical and analytical skills.
Physical Demands:
  • Light to moderate physical work requiring ability to lift 50 pounds with or without assistance
  • Regular lifting and carrying of 10 to 20 pounds of equipment and/or evidence Regular standing and walking to investigate crime scene
  • Hand/eye coordination to operate computer, laboratory instruments and video equipment
  • Foot/eye coordination to operate motor vehicle
  • Visual acuity correctable to 20/40 with no color impairment to interpret data
  • Speech and hearing to maintain communications with other employees and citizens
Work Environment:
  • Works indoors and outdoors at crime scenes in all weather conditions; works in a laboratory environment; possible exposure to biohazard contamination, chemicals, odors and noise
Equipment Used:
  • Frequently uses standard office equipment including computer, calculator, multi-line telephones, and copy/fax machines
  • Camera, laboratory instruments, video equipment
  • This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment

To be employed by the Aurora Police Department you will need to successfully pass a background test, polygraph test, and fingerprint screening, along with other conditions of employment; drug test and verification of employment. Because of this, there is a longer recruitment process, we thank you in advance.

Despite changes in the Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug free workplace. A positive test for marijuana is grounds for disqualification or termination once hired.

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How to apply: Apply online

Posted: March 6, 2018

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