Employment Opportunity

Property Crime Technician

Austin Police Department, Austin, Texas

Salary: $16.40 – $20.45 Hourly Rate

Final Filing Date: April 26, 2019

The Property Crime Technician is a member of the Crime Scene Section with the Austin Police Department. This position will support officers and or detectives in crime scene investigation, documentation, collection and preservation of forensic related evidence. Responsible for processing all types of surfaces for latent print evidence – both in the field and in a laboratory setting. Will be required to testify in court as an expert witness.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Responds to property crime scenes, evaluates the scene and conducts searches for evidence utilizing disciplines related to crime scene investigation.
  • When necessary, obtains measurements and/or photographs of crime scene and evidence.
  • Documents, collects, packages, preserves, and processes evidence.
  • Detects and collects trace evidence using special processes, methods, and equipment.
  • Processes evidence and crime scenes for latent fingerprints, utilizing both chemical and powder processes.
  • Writes, drafts, and completes reports and/or documentation of work completed.
  • Enters and modifies information in Versadex and LIMS.
  • Assists other law enforcement agencies with property crime processing.
  • Testifies as an expert witness in court regarding analysis and procedures after being declared by the judge to be an expert in the field of crime scene investigation.


Minimum Qualifications
  • Associate Degree from an accredited four-year college, university or community college, with coursework in Police Science or in a field related to the job.
  • Experience may substitute for education up to a maximum of two (2) years.
Licenses or Certifications:
  • Valid Drivers License
Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four year college or university in a related field – preferably in a science.
  • Experience conducting actual crime scene investigations for an accredited public safety agency.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities - Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.
  • General knowledge of strategic and administrative crime analysis.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Skill in using computers and related software applications.
  • Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.
  • Skill in handling conflict and uncertain situations.
  • Ability to work with frequent interruptions and changes in priorities.
  • Ability to quickly recognize and analyze irregular events.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective communication and working relationships with city employees and the public.
Criminal Background Investigation
  • This position has been approved for a Criminal Background Investigation.

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Posted: April 13, 2019

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