Employment Opportunity

Crime Scene Specialist I

Phoenix Police Department, Phoenix, Arizona

Salary: $35,714 - $51,834 annually

Final Filing Date: First review of applications will occur the week of December 17, 2018. Recruitment will close when we have received a sufficient number of qualified applications.

This recruitment may be used by any department for any current or future vacancies over the life of the eligible list.

The fundamental reason this classification exists is to provide technical support to Detectives, Police Officers and Forensic Scientists in analyzing, photographing, collecting, preserving, and presenting physical evidence. This is the entry-level class in the Crime Scene Specialist classification series. Work is performed in the field, including crime scenes and autopsies, and in the laboratory. Types of crime scenes include person crimes, such as homicides, sexual assaults, and robberies, as well as property crimes and traffic accidents. Incumbents of the Crime Scene Specialist I classification work primarily on less complex casework and/or crime scenes, and participate in the Crime Scene Training Program. Evidence includes fingerprints, tire prints, shoe prints, tool mark impressions, firearms, and biological evidence. Incumbents analyze, photograph, and record crime scenes showing correlation between evidence and scene, and perform various chemical and photographic processes in the field or laboratory to develop and preserve evidence. This classification is the entry level Crime Scene Specialist. Work is reviewed and evaluated by Crime Scene supervisors or leads based on results obtained, observation, and oral and written reports. Shift, weekend, and holiday work is required.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Collects, preserves, and presents biological evidence, latent fingerprints, tire prints, shoe prints, tool marks, and other physical evidence;
  • Photographs evidence at crime scenes;
  • Learns how to process evidence in the laboratory using special powders, chemical solutions, forensic light sources, and various cameras, lenses, and filters in order to develop and preserve evidence;
  • Attends autopsies to photograph injuries and fingerprint the deceased for identification purposes;
  • Testifies in court as a witness in connection to the scenes processed and evidence developed and preserved;
  • Writes departmental reports and supplements;
  • Accepts, documents, and bar-codes evidence;
  • Maintains proper chain of custody on evidence and proper packaging;
  • Participates in a structured training program;
  • Inputs data or information into a terminal, PC, or other keyboard device;
  • Demonstrates continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively and jointly to provide quality seamless customer service.


  • One year in crime scene processing or photography OR an associate’s degree in criminal justice, chemistry, or a related field.
  • Reminder: Positions in the Police Department must meet the polygraph and background standards that are appropriate to non-sworn positions. The general factors for disqualification are listed at https://www.phoenix.gov/policesite/Documents/disqualifierscivilian.pdf
  • Candidates will be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related physical tasks as part of the Police Department’s selection process.
  • Working irregular hours, second and/or third shifts, weekends, holidays, callout and evenings may be required. Some vacancies occur on second / third shift.
  • Requires working outside in a variety of environmental extremes such as heat, cold, rain, air pollution, and dust.
  • Requires walking for prolonged periods which may include walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces.
  • This is a driving position. For positions requiring the use of personal or City vehicles on City business: individuals must be physically capable of operating the vehicles safely, possess an appropriate valid Arizona driver’s license, possess personal insurance coverage, and have an acceptable driving record.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS – The job requirements listed above, plus:
  • Associates degree in a criminal justice, natural science degree (i.e., Biology, Chemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Forensic Science), criminalistics, or a closely related field.
  • Crime Scene Certification through the International Association for Identification (IAI).
Knowledge of:
  • Evidence collection and processing using a variety of technical equipment, materials, and processes.
  • Photographic methods and equipment as related to crime scene investigations and laboratory processing.
  • Departmental rules and regulations.
  • Basic rules of evidence.
  • Computers.
Ability to:
  • Communicate in the English language by phone or in person in a group or one-to-one setting.
  • Produce written documents in the English language with clearly organized thoughts using proper sentence construction, punctuation, and grammar.
  • Learn job-related material through structured lecture and reading in the English language. This learning takes place mainly in a classroom setting.
  • Travel over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces.
  • Move objects weighing less than 50 pounds short and long distances.
  • Remain in a standing or sitting position for extended periods of time.
  • Operate a variety of standard office equipment.
  • Work in a variety of weather conditions with exposure to the elements.
  • Work cooperatively with the public and other City employees.
  • Work safely without presenting a threat to self or others.
  • Perform duties in/on helicopters, aircraft, elevated platforms, ladders and roofs.
  • Perform job duties in conditions which include, decomposing bodies, strong odors, insects, hostility, emotionally charged situations, child and animal victims.

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Posted: December 6, 2018

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