Employment Opportunity

Crime Scene Technician

Hobbs Police Department, Hobbs, New Mexico

Salary: $18.21 - $20.94 Hourly

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

Under the general direction of the Deputy Chief of Investigations provides technical support to Police Department in photographing, collecting, preserving and presenting physical evidence.

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  • Responds to field investigations, systematically surveys crime scene and determines best method in which to process the crime scene related to identification, documentation, collection, preservation and utilization of physical evidence. This includes but is not limited to, photographs, video tape, complete diagrams or sketches of crime scenes, collection of evidence including hairs, fibers, saliva, blood, latent prints or other physical evidence.
  • Maintains proper chain of custody on evidence and proper packaging, prepares evidence for submission to state crime lab or private laboratories. Prepares evidence and/or exhibits for use in court.
  • Enters latent fingerprints into AFIX system. Trains in the examination of finger prints for matches to criminal offenders.
  • Insures firearms collected by the department are sent to the state crime lab for IBIS and other appropriate testing.
  • Submits ATF trace forms on firearms that are seized by the department.
  • Utilizes video enhancement equipment to help identify offenders or gather other evidence.
  • Prepares digital composite likeness for investigation purposes.


  • Associates degree in criminal justice, chemistry or a related field or two years of experience in crime scene processing.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.
  • Knowledge of evidence collection and processing using a variety of technical equipment, materials and processes. Knowledge of basic rules of evidence.
  • Knowledge of photographic methods and equipment as related to crime scene investigations and laboratory processing.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft office programs such as Word, Excel, Access and Power Point.
  • Ability to prepare and submit written reports and other documents.
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.
  • Ability to understand, follow and transmit written and oral instructions.
  • Ability to perform job duties in conditions which include strong odors, insects, hostility, emotionally charged situations, child and animal victims, decomposing bodies.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, supervisors, other City personnel and members of the public.
  • Valid state issued drivers license.
  • A minimum of 30 wpm will be required on a City of Hobbs administered typing test. Please contact the Human Resources Department at (575) 397-9228 to set up your typing test.
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to talk or hear, and reach with hands and arms from a standing position. The employee is frequently required to remain in standing or sitting position for extended periods of time. The employee is occasionally required to walk, stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee is occasionally required to travel across rough, uneven or rocky surfaces.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move objects up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job the employee is occasionally exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to strong odors.
  • The noise level in the work environment is moderate.

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Posted: May 22, 2018

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