Employment Opportunity

Crime Scene Analyst

Lakewood Police Department, Lakewood, Colorado

Salary: $59,924.80 - $83,844.80 Annually

Final Filing Date: February 12, 2019

Performs crime scene investigations for the Police Department, collects evidence, provides testimony in court, performs various laboratory examinations of evidence, and other duties as assigned.

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  • Responds to the scene of field investigations to assist in the technical investigation of criminal and non-criminal scenes related to the identification, documentation, collection, preservation and utilization of physical evidence.
  • Performs laboratory examinations of evidence, including specialized processing involving physical, chemical, optical and digital techniques.
  • Obtains non-testimonial evidence, including hairs, fibers, saliva, blood and other items from victims, suspects and dead bodies.
  • May prepare graphic representations and scale drawings for criminal and noncriminal investigations.
  • Prepares detailed reports of activities performed during laboratory and scene investigations.
  • Will attend post-mortem examinations to collect desired evidence.
  • Provides testimony on forensic investigation and laboratory techniques in legal and administrative hearings.
  • Will be scheduled as criminalist on-call for the unit (24 hours per day, usually one week at a time) and will be asked, on occasion, to respond to investigations while off duty and not on-call.
  • Attends classes and training sessions to upgrade abilities and develop expertise within one or more forensic disciplines.
  • Assists in the research and/or development of new laboratory techniques.
  • Assists in the performance of specific duties of the Imaging Specialist, in their absence or unavailability.
  • Obtains photographs of victims/suspects and documents the procedure in written format.
  • Assists in preparing and presenting training, lectures, or video presentations to the Department and other agencies.
  • Participates in professional organizations to include teaching and lecturing when appropriate.
  • Teaches CSI classes as well as courses at the Combined Regional Police Academy.
  • Must be able to interact with others in a positive manner.
  • Requires regular and prompt attendance.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Must maintain and utilize City-provided Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when conducting activities where the employee is exposed to risks above those encountered in a traditional office setting. If injured on-the-job due to failure to utilize PPE a safety violation can be taken.


  • A Bachelor's Degree is required.
  • Specific training in crime scene investigations, photography, fingerprinting, latent print development or related skills is preferred.
  • The equivalent of one-year general forensic experience is desirable. One-year crime scene experience is preferred.
  • Ability to secure a valid Colorado driver's license, as well as possess a good driving record.
  • Certification as a Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) (or at higher level of Certification) under the certification program of the International Association for Identification is desirable. Application for IAI certification as a CSI is required within the one-year probationary period.
Other Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Ability to conduct a detailed and complete crime scene investigation by locating, documenting, collecting, preserving, analyzing and interpreting all types of physical evidence.
  • Ability to operate general computerized equipment inclusive of word processing software.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment at all times.
  • Professional credibility and integrity.
  • Requires knowledge of proper handling procedures regarding protection, collection and storage of hazardous materials in compliance with MSDS/SDS.
  • Ability to successfully complete a polygraph examination, pre- and post-offer psychological examinations, background investigation, credit check, pre-employment physical including a vision and hearing test, and hair follicle drug test.
  • A team player, as well as ability to work independently.
  • A one-year probationary period is required.


Lifting and Carrying
  • Must be physically able to lift/move (with assistance) up to 300 pounds from one location to another. Examples include water heaters, human bodies, and evidence.
Body Positions
  • Requires manual dexterity to handle a variety of items including office and photography equipment.
  • Must have good eye/hand/foot coordination.
  • Requires the ability to maintain body equilibrium when bending, stooping, crouching, climbing, reaching, crawling and/or stretching arms, legs, or other parts of the body, and to physically maneuver over, under and/or upon various terrain, surfaces or physical structures.
  • Must be able to hear and understand the telephone, police radio, audible signals from equipment and sounds from surrounding environment in the office and at crime scene locations.
  • Visual acuity correctable to 20/40.
  • Must be able to differentiate between colors and shades of color; have depth perception and no progressive eye disease.


Remembering (Memory)
  • Employee must be able to remember policies, procedures, criminal laws and ordinances that apply to crime scene investigations.
Language Ability
  • Able to effectively communicate complex technical information, both verbally and in writing, using Standard English, medical and legal terminology.
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions, identify and evaluate evidence collected and present evidence in court.


  • Work involves exposure to uncomfortable, unpleasant or dangerous working conditions, criminal element, varying job assignments involving long hours and heavy workload, as well as a high level of responsibility.
  • Work may involve costly consequences if errors are made.
  • Laboratory or field investigation activities may include exposure to dangerous chemicals, harmful or unpleasant fumes and odors, and potentially dangerous or contaminated materials or locations.
  • Work may include uncomfortable or unpleasant physical conditions or positions and exposure to cadavers of varying physical conditions to obtain desired physical evidence.
  • Work may be performed indoors or outdoors and under all types of weather conditions.
  • Noise, smog, chemicals, hazardous work sites, criminal elements and unpleasant subject matter (e.g., violent crime victims and dead bodies) are encountered.
  • Telephone
  • Office Equipment
  • Motor vehicles
  • Fingerprint kits
  • Chemicals
  • Two-way radios
  • Cameras and lighting equipment
  • Field investigation equipment
  • Computers
  • Alternative light sources
  • Microscopes and other optical magnification devices
  • Laboratory equipment
  • Hand and power tools
  • Surgical tools
  • Calculator
  • Video equipment
  • Casting Materials
  • Metal Detectors
  • Digital Imaging Equipment
  • Laser Mapping System

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Posted: February 5, 2019

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