Employment Opportunity

Crime Scene Specialist III

Phoenix Police Department, Phoenix, Arizona

Salary: $42,869 - $63,003 annually

Final Filing Date: February 11, 2019

The Phoenix Police Department Laboratory Services Bureau is a nationally accredited forensic laboratory that provides technical assistance and training, evaluates and analyzes evidence, interprets results and provides expert testimony related to the full spectrum of physical evidence recovered from crime scenes. Some of the scientific procedures utilized by the laboratory have the potential for linking a suspect to a crime, victim, or a scene.

Crime Scene Specialist III’s work on more complex crime scenes (e.g. homicides, officer involved shootings, death investigations, aggravated assaults, etc.) requiring a great amount of technical skills and expertise. Duties include providing support to Police Officers, Detectives, and Forensic Scientists in analyzing, documenting, collecting, and preserving physical evidence; photographing and recording crime scenes showing correlation between evidence and scene; and performing various analytical techniques such as chemical and photographic processes in the field and/or laboratory to analyze, develop, and preserve evidence. The majority of work is performed in the field, including at crime scenes, at the Medical Examiner’s Office, and in the Laboratory. A Crime Scene Specialist III may serve as a lead to Crime Scene Specialists I & II classifications at major crime scenes.

Crime Scene Specialists differ from Forensic Scientists in that they are involved in collecting and processing evidence from crime scenes and Forensic Scientists utilize science in a laboratory environment to process controlled substances, toxicology, etc.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Analyzes, collects, preserves, and presents biological evidence, latent fingerprints, tire prints, shoe prints, tool marks, and other physical evidence from primarily persons crimes including homicides and suicides;
  • Photographs evidence at crime scenes;
  • Processes evidence in the field and/or laboratory using powders, chemical reagents, forensic light sources, and various photographic equipment in order to develop and preserve evidence;
  • Assumes role as lead Specialist for a shift, squad, or at major crime scenes;
  • 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;
  • Participates as a trainer 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.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of:
  • Evidence collection and processing using a variety of technical equipment, materials, and processes including collection and processing at complex persons crime scenes.
  • 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 oneto-one setting.
  • Produce written documents in the English language with clearly organized thoughts using proper sentence construction, punctuation, and grammar.
  • Train Specialists I and II in crime scene collection and processing methods and procedures.
  • 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.
  • Perform duties in/on helicopters, aircraft, elevated platforms, ladders and roofs.
  • Perform duties in conditions to include decomposing bodies, strong odors, insects, hostility, emotionally charged situations, child and animal victims.
  • 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.


  • Three years of experience in crime scene processing, including two years at the level of a Crime Scene Specialist II or its equivalent.
  • Associate’s degree in biology, chemistry, forensic science, criminal justice, or a specifically related field.
  • The ability to obtain professional certification from the International Association for Identification within 12 months of appointment.
  • 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.
  • An equivalent combination of related experience and education may be considered.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS – The job requirements listed above, plus:
  • Experience working in crime scene investigations
  • Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, natural science, or a specifically related field.
  • Crime Scene Certification through the International Association for Identification (IAI).

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How to apply: Apply online

Posted: January 28, 2018

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