Employment Opportunity


Investigative Technician I/II

Shasta County Sheriff's Office, Redding, California

Salary: $34,584.00 - $46,344.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: February 15, 2019

Duties and Requirements Click to read more

Duties:

Investigative Technician I:
  • In a training capacity, assists in searching for, collecting, and categorizing evidence at crime scenes for laboratory analysis; assists in collecting, identifying, developing, and preserving latent fingerprints.
  • Preserves, compares, and attempts to identify evidence such as blood, hair, fibers, cloth, wood, paint, and glass fragments; takes and compares physical impressions to attempt to connect evidence with suspects.
  • Tags, marks, and stores evidence collected; refers evidence to criminal laboratory for chemical analysis.
  • Photographs crime scenes, suspects, and evidence; prepares photographs and crime scene sketches for court exhibits; prepares detailed written reports.
  • Will testify in court; attends post mortem examinations; collects pathological samples and evidence for later clinical examination.
  • Photograph results of autopsy for criminal investigation and prepares photos for court presentation; receives training in the function and use of laser powered trace evidence detection equipment both in the lab and at crime scenes.
  • Assists with evidence management in the Property Unit.
Investigative Technician II:
  • Searches for, collects, and preserves evidence at crime scenes for laboratory analysis; photographs crime scenes, suspects, or evidence; takes, compares, and identifies fingerprints.
  • Develops and preserves latent fingerprints; conducts latent identification and analysis with the ULW workstation; collects, preserves, compares, and attempts to identify evidence such as blood, hair, fibers, cloth, wood, paint, and glass fragments.
  • Takes and compares physical impressions to attempt to connect evidence with suspect; refers evidence to criminal laboratory for chemical analysis;
  • Prepares detailed records; tags, marks, preserves, and stores evidence that is collected; locates owners of recovered property.
  • Prepares detailed written reports.
  • Testifies in court as an expert witness.
  • Attends post mortem examinations; collects pathological samples and evidence for later clinical examination; photographs autopsies of criminal investigations; prepares photos for court presentation.
  • Assists with evidence management in the Property Unit.
  • Operates and trains personnel in the use of laser/light powered trace evidence detection equipment both in the lab and at crime scenes.
  • Operates and trains personnel in the use of the computerized bar code management system used for evidence movement, storage, and accountability.
  • Trains personnel in the use of the ULW workstation.

Requirements:

Any combination of education and experience sufficient to directly demonstrate possession and application of the following as applicable to the assignment: Investigative Technician I:
  • Knowledge of: The relationship of law enforcement to the community at large; principles of processing black and white and color photographs; methods of maintaining records including statistical records; modern office procedures; the application of computers and software, and other office equipment and technology to typical work tasks.
  • Ability to: Learn collection, identification, and comparison of physical evidence at crime scenes; coordinate information obtained from a variety of sources; interpret such information; draw logical conclusions; apply fingerprinting methods to the tasks of identification; take and print clear photographs; use office equipment and computer programs typically found in an office environment; maintain records and files; follow oral and written instructions, and established protocols; maintain effective working relationships; write clear, concise reports; demonstrate tact and poise when dealing with difficult situations and individuals experiencing stress.
  • These employment standards are typically attained with completion of 20 semester or 30 quarter units in Criminology, Administration of Justice, Police Science, or a closely related field. One year of receiving, cataloging, and maintaining custody of evidence in a law enforcement agency, or a law enforcement position closely related to the assignment in the Sheriff's Office or District Attorney's Office may be substituted for the required education. A driver's license and acceptable driving record may be required for some positions.
Investigative Technician II:
  • Knowledge of: The relationship of law enforcement to the community at large; the techniques of collection, identification, and comparison of physical evidence; modern principles, practices, and techniques of processing photography; current methods of fingerprint collection, identification and analysis and comparison; technological developments relative to the forensic function; issues pertaining to providing support in criminal investigations; methods of maintaining records including statistical records; modern office procedures; the application of computers and software, and other office equipment and technology to typical work tasks.
  • Ability to: Coordinate information obtained from a variety of sources; interpret such information; find relationships, and draw logical conclusions; apply modern fingerprinting methods to the task of identification; take, develop, and print clear photographs; use office equipment and computer programs typically found in an office environment; maintain records and files; follow oral and written instructions, and established protocols; maintain effective working relationships; write clear, concise reports; demonstrate tact and poise when dealing with difficult situations and individuals experiencing stress.
  • These employment standards are typically attained with one year of experience equivalent to that of Investigative Technician I which, depending upon assignment, includes collecting, preserving, and photographing physical evidence at crime scenes, including identification and comparison of fingerprint evidence; or, examining, classifying, and comparing latent fingerprints using an automated or manual identification system; or supporting a providing investigative support in criminal investigations. A driver's license and acceptable driving record may be required for some positions.
IDEAL CANDIDATE STATEMENT
  • An ideal candidate for this position is one who is detail oriented, articulate in both their written and oral communication, displays an understanding and ability to work with technical and computer related hardware and software, and is enthusiastic about the field of crime scene investigation.
  • Has a minimum of one year prior crime scene investigation or forensics experience and has a minimum of 30 units in criminal justice and/or forensics.
  • Has completed California P.O.S.T. standard (or equivalent) training in the field of crime scene investigation.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
  • Assignments in the Sheriff's Office require 80 hours of training in fingerprint techniques and comparison, and also the ability to complete and pass Advanced Crime Scene Reconstruction/Major Scene Logistics within one year from date of appointment.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT - 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.
  • Incumbents perform work inside and outside of buildings; work in the heat or in the cold; May work day or night; work independently or closely with others; May be subject to call outs, after hours, weekends and holidays. For the Sheriff's Office only: the employee must regularly lift and/or move up to ten pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds with assistance.
  • 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. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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Posted: January 14, 2018


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