Employment Opportunity


Crime Scene Analyst II

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Las Vegas, Nevada

Salary: $55,000.92 - $81,414.72 Annually

Final Filing Date: September 19, 2018

Incumbents respond to crime scenes and perform a variety of investigative tasks to document the crime including taking photographs, recovering evidence and processing for latent fingerprints and other impression evidence.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more

Duties:

CSA II incumbents perform the following Essential Functions with independence.
  • Conduct detailed inspections of crime scenes for the presence of evidence such as latent prints, footwear and tire impressions, firearms evidence, blood and other physiological fluids, controlled substances, and trace evidence such as hair, fibers, and gunshot residue.
  • Respond to the Morgue to evaluate, photograph, fingerprint, and recover any trace or physical evidence from deceased persons, including bodily tissue and fluid.
  • Document crime scenes, to include general and comparison photography, note taking, and sketching and diagramming crime scenes.
  • Evaluate potential latent print surfaces and conduct latent fingerprint processing using appropriate powders, chemicals, or photographic techniques, as necessary.
  • Obtain finger, palm, and any other type of exemplars.
  • Photograph crime scenes, victims, autopsies, traffic accidents, property damage, stolen property, arson sites, arrestees and deceased animals.
  • Collect and process evidence from various body areas of living and deceased persons.
  • Collect and process physical evidence including, but not limited to evidence from various body areas of living and deceased persons; maintain appropriate chain of custody to preserve crime scene evidence for presentation in court.
  • Complete detailed written reports related to evidence and property.
  • Maintain accurate records and logs of collected evidence and daily activities using computer programs.
  • Testify as an expert witness in civil and criminal courts, pretrial conferences, grand juries, coroner's inquests.
  • Provide input to investigators and attorneys regarding submittal of photographs, physical evidence, and diagrams.
  • Ensure the adherence of standard safety precautions when responding to toxic, bio-hazardous, and physically challenging scenes.
  • Determine appropriate safety equipment to be utilized including protective masks, gloves, clothing, and eye wear.
  • Prepare technical and accurate computer generated diagrams with forensic diagramming software.
  • Clean and maintain equipment and work areas.
  • Recover, unload, process, and impound firearms and other weapons using sound safety precautions.
  • Combine prepared chemicals in the lab and field as necessary to process scenes and/or evidence.
  • Stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of crime scene investigations.
  • Adhere to Department firearms requirements if electing to carry a firearm on duty.

Requirements:

Training, Education and Experience
  • Two years of full-time experience conducting crime scene investigations at a law enforcement agency within the past five years.
  • Possession of an Associate's degree (or 60 college credits) from an accredited university or college with a minimum of 14 college-level credits in biology, chemistry, forensic technology, forensic science, physical anthropology, physics, anatomy, or physiology.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid Nevada driver's license.
Best Candidates Will Have
  • Five years of full-time experience conducting crime scene investigations at a law enforcement agency.
  • Experience performing a broad range of crime scene investigation duties to include experience in photography, note taking, report writing, fingerprint chemical/powder processing of evidence, and diagramming.
  • Experience performing a variety of crime scene investigations to include property crime, personal crime, and homicide investigations.
  • Experience working under accreditation standards.
Knowledge of:
  • Basic principles of chemistry, biology, anatomy, physiology and related physical sciences.
  • Mathematical concepts to perform geometric and trigonometric calculations.
  • Basic drawing and sketching techniques.
  • Basic photographic principles.
  • Proper English usage to include spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
  • Operations, services and activities of the Crime Scene Investigations Section.
  • Theory of fingerprinting and fingerprints.
  • Methods and techniques of latent fingerprint processing using powders and chemicals.
  • Pertinent Department and Section policies and procedures.
  • Statutes pertaining to crime scene investigations, fingerprinting and photography.
  • Firearms mechanics, handling and safety.
Ability to:
  • Exemplify Department values and demonstrate professionalism, compassion and empathy.
  • Follow safety precautions.
  • Organize and prioritize a crime scene investigation.
  • Use computer and applicable computer programs.
  • Take observational notes and document actions taken.
  • Transfer notes into report format.
  • Use and operate tools and equipment used in crime scene investigations.
  • Operate various types of photographic equipment.
  • Operate forensic equipment.
  • Apply crime scene investigation theories and techniques in various field situations.
  • Work in the absence of supervision.
  • Make independent decisions.
  • Apply deductive, logical reasoning.
  • Work in extremely stressful situations.
  • Testify in court and handle adversarial situations.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely orally.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely in writing.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Deal with hostile, uncooperative, and emotional suspects, victims, and witnesses.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

Crime Scene Analyst incumbents are required to:
  • Submit a DNA sample for entry into the LVMPD DNA Staff Elimination Index System.
  • Provide a copy of college diploma and/or college transcripts to the CSI Section to ensure accuracy of Statement of Qualifications file.
  • Participate in random drug testing as part of the LVMPD Department Drug Testing Program.
  • Maintain a Nevada driver's license for commuting between the regular workplace and offsite work locations such as crime scenes and the courts.
  • Be on call based on operational needs.
  • Satisfactorily complete the Crime Scene Analyst training within the period determined by bureau management or they may be terminated.
  • Work a variety of shifts, days off, weekends or holidays as determined by the Bureau.
Environmental Conditions:
  • Office environment; urban and rural traffic and road conditions while driving a vehicle to travel from site to site; exposure to computer screens, potentially hazardous chemicals, human body fluids, blood-borne pathogens, other hazards, evidence items, and inclement weather conditions.
Physical Conditions:
  • Vision sufficient to read fine print on computers, distinguish fine details when examining evidence items, as well as distinguish color, contrast, patterns, and dimensions in poor lighting conditions.
  • Speech sufficient to effectively communicate with other persons encountered in the line of duty, utilize the police radio, render expert courtroom testimony and scientific instructions.
  • Hearing sufficient to hear police radio, instructions, training content, and conversations.
  • Agility and mobility sufficient to climb ladders, navigate unpredictable terrain at crime scenes, stand, walk, stoop, bend, reach, rotate and extend neck, and balance self while using standard office equipment, as well as lift, push, and pull files, documents, crime scene equipment, and/or standard office equipment.
  • Dexterity sufficient to manipulate instruments and small items accurately over an extended period of time, as well as write labels for collected evidence items.
  • Strength and mobility sufficient to lift items up to 50 lbs with or without aid of equipment.
  • Endurance sufficient to sit or stand for long periods of time, as necessary.
  • Physical and mental capacity to fly in aircraft to perform aerial photography

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Posted: September 4, 2018



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