Employment Opportunity

Crime Scene Technician

Davenport Police Department, Davenport, Iowa

Salary: $47,472.05 - $62,242.13 Annually

Final Filing Date: February 10, 2019

Under general supervision performs work of moderate difficulty in crime scene documentation, evidence collection, scientific evaluation, detailed reporting, testifies in court, and performs related work as required.

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  • A Crime Scene Technician works in the field processing crime scenes, including locating, collecting, photographing, documenting, and securing physical evidence. Crime Scenes include, but are not limited to: homicides, sexual assaults, armed robberies, home invasions, and property crimes such as burglaries and criminal damage.
  • Photographs and 3D scans all types of crime and crash scenes to record the appearance of evidence scenes using highly-skilled photographic and scanning techniques. Photographs victims and suspects.
  • Locates, collects and secures physical evidence such as; but, not limited to: suspected blood and body fluids, hairs and fibers, and weapons for forensic examination and uses as evidence in criminal prosecutions.
  • Searches for and develops latent prints at crime scenes using appropriate techniques.
  • Obtains known fingerprints and palm prints of deceased individuals, using appropriate techniques.
  • Produces castings and comparative photographs of footprints, tire tracks, and other impressions.
  • Uses various chemicals in the field and in the crime lab.
  • Physically secures crime scenes before conducting searches for all objects and articles that may be evidence.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of federal and state statutes, court cases related to work performed, and department rules and regulations.
  • Writes detailed reports, thoroughly documenting actions and observations using proper grammar and punctuation, as well as maintaining records to ensure proper chain of custody of physical evidence. Utilizes evidence barcode system and maintains digital photograph files.
  • Attends autopsies and collects and documents related evidence.
  • Attends internal briefings held during the investigation of complex investigations.
  • Performs laboratory examinations of evidence, including specialized processing involving physical, chemical, and digital methods. Maintains accountability for the activities in the crime laboratory.
  • Perform examinations of suspected marijuana, effect correct identification, and testify as an expert witness regarding the results of the examinations.
  • Utilizes lab equipment, chemicals, and instrumentation to obtain results.
  • Testifies in court proceedings in a knowledgeable and professional manner.


  • Incumbent must be a graduate from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree including course work in Forensic Science, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, or closely related physical or natural laboratory science.
  • OR
  • Incumbent must be a graduate from an accredited college or university with an Associate's Degree including course work in Forensic Science, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, or closely related physical or natural laboratory science and possess two years of continuous work experience in a laboratory, crime scene field, or related work experience.

  • Have vision correctable to 20/20 in both eyes, and color vision consistent with the occupational demands of law enforcement. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • This position requires the employee to sit, stand, walk, talk, see, and hear. The employee is required to use hands to handle or operate objects, controls, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel crouch or crawl, see and smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move more than 50 lbs.
  • Possess and maintain a valid driver's license for duration of employment.
  • Must be able to pass a thorough background investigation and polygraph exam.
  • Must be able to pass a pre-employment physical as prescribed by the City of Davenport.
  • Must become an Iowa resident within two years of hire date and maintain residency throughout duration of employment (per Iowa Code 400.17).
  • Incumbent will be required to adhere to Professional Standards set forth by the Davenport Police Department addressing the display of tattoos. Tattooing of the head, neck or hands is forbidden. Any other tattoos must be covered with department-approved apparel in order to maintain a professional and uniform appearance.

  • The work schedule involves a 5/2, 5/3 schedule. The incumbent will work five days, then have two days off, work five days, then have three days off. The work days and scheduled days off rotate weekly. Following the successful completion of training, the primary work hours will be 2:45 PM to 11:15 PM (four days each week) and 2:15 PM to 11:15 PM (one day each week). The incumbent must be available to work on-call on a rotating basis; and, be available all hours during rotating on-call weeks.

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Posted: January 11, 2018

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