Employment Opportunity

Forensic Evidence Technician

San Diego County Sheriff, San Diego, California

Salary: $59,716.80 - $73,424.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: June 19, 2019

The Sheriff's Department has an opening for a Forensic Evidence Technician in the Crime Scene Investigations Section. This position is allocated only to the Sheriff's Regional Crime Laboratory. Under general direction of a Supervising Criminalist, this class is responsible for the identification, collection, preservation, and transportation of physical evidence from crime scene investigations and autopsies. Incumbents perform crime scene documentation, fingerprint processing, and photography work.

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  • Prepares and documents crime scenes using sketches, reports of activities, and a photo log.
  • Collects, preserves, and transports physical evidence from crime scene investigations and autopsies, which includes latent fingerprints, trace evidence and serological evidence, narcotics, firearms, and tool marks.
  • Documents crime scenes using 35mm and/or video cameras and a variety of different photographic films and/or digital techniques.
  • Examines items of evidence in the field and in the laboratory for latent fingerprints and trace evidence using a combination of laser techniques, print powders and chemicals (i.e. fluorescein).
  • Performs data entry of firearms and fingerprint data into a computerized data system.
  • Attends medical legal autopsies at the Medical Examiner's Office to collect photographic and physical evidence.
  • Appears in court as an expert witness regarding collected and processed physical evidence.
  • Collects evidence from dead bodies and photographs all aspects of the body necessary for investigation.
  • Prepares court displays.
  • Researches and evaluates new technical developments in crime scene processing, handling, and analysis of crime laboratory evidence.
  • Travels in and out of the county to crime scenes to conduct special investigations.
  • Takes photographs of crime scenes from helicopter/aircraft.
  • Provides courteous, high quality service to members of the public by personally responding to requests for service or appropriate referral.


  • The ideal candidate is a knowledge worker who will communicate effectively, demonstrate ethical behavior, be a team player, have values and respect others, and be supportive of change.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • An associate of science degree from an accredited college or university, or a certified foreign studies equivalency and a community college certificate in Evidence Technology or equivalent,
  • OR
  • One (1) year of experience in the identification, documentation, collection, preservation, and transportation of physical evidence which must include fingerprint processing,
  • OR
  • Two (2) years of full-time experience as an Evidence Technician in a law enforcement agency.
  • License - A valid California Class C driver's license, which must be maintained throughout employment in this class, is required at time of appointment, or the ability to arrange necessary and timely transportation for field travel. Employees in this class may be required to use their own vehicle.
    Knowledge of:
    • Evidence identification, documentation, collection, preservation, and transportation procedures and techniques
    • Fingerprint classification systems and equipment and development techniques
    • Investigation policies and procedures used by law enforcement
    • Local, State and Federal laws/policies regarding the collection, preservation, and transportation of evidence
    • Photographic techniques, equipment, materials and development methods; conventional and digital
    • Telephone, office, and online etiquette
    • County customer service objectives and strategies
    Skills and Abilities to:
    • Operate various types of photographic equipment
    • Determine the appropriate analytical tests needed for the evaluation of evidence
    • Operate computers for preparation of sketches, reports and evidence/photo logs and data entry of fingerprint and/or firearms evidence
    • Prepare clear and concise reports
    • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with County staff and outside law enforcement agencies
    • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
    • Communicate effectively with a variety of individuals representing diverse cultures and backgrounds and function calmly in situations, which require a high degree of sensitivity, tact and diplomacy
    • Treat County employees, representatives of outside agencies and members of the public with courtesy and respect
    • Assess the customer's immediate needs and ensure customer's receipt of needed services through personal service or making appropriate referral
    • Provide prompt, efficient and responsive service
    • Exercise appropriate judgment in answering questions and releasing information; analyze and project consequences of decisions and/or recommendations
    • Establish effective working relationships with management, employees, employee representatives and the public representing diverse cultures and backgrounds
Working Conditions
  • Office environment; exposure to computer screens.
  • Required to be on standby, 24 hours per day for approximately one-week intervals during each month, for immediate response to field calls. Works indoors and outdoors in all types of weather. Travels to crime scenes throughout the County and out of the County for special investigation. Occasional exposure to dead bodies, chemical/biohazards, and photo flights.
Essential Physical Characteristics - The physical characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this classification. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of a job, on a case-by-case basis.
  • Continuous: upward and downward flexion of the neck. Frequent: sitting, repetitive use of hands to operate computers, printers and copiers.
  • Occasional: walking, standing, bending and twisting of neck, bending and twisting of waist, squatting, simple grasping, reaching above and below shoulder level, and lifting and carrying of files weighing up to 10 pounds.

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Posted: June 6, 2019

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