Employment Opportunity


Crime Scene Investigator

Alachua County Sheriff's Office, Gainesville Florida

Salary: Starting Pay $18.63 per hour

Final Filing Date: September 20, 2019

Highly responsible technical work of average to advanced difficulty in criminal identification matters such as; photography; the processing of latent fingerprints; the collection, preservation, and distribution of evidence; and other items related to crime scene investigations. Requires self-initiative, good judgment, and attention to detail. Work is performed under the direct supervision of the Forensics Manager. Work is evaluated through observation, results obtained, oral/written reports, and appropriate employee performance appraisals.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more

Duties:

  • Take photographs of crime scenes, accidents, and suspects; make casts of footprints, tire marks, and other impressions as directed.
  • Collect, identify, and preserve all matters of evidence.
  • Prepare evidence for submission to laboratories for analysis; maintain record of evidence submitted and evidence returned.
  • Process crime scenes and related evidence for latent fingerprints.
  • Fingerprint cadavers at morgue; attend autopsies; work with human remains at all levels of decomposition.
  • Prepare crime scene reports; maintain photographic index files.
  • Testify in court regarding evidence handled and act as an "expert witness" when required.
  • Maintain a variety of crime scene-related computer files and programs.
  • Operate various types of crime scene equipment and vehicles.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
  • Shift work.
  • Must sign four (4) year training agreement.
  • On call for after-hours crime scene processing. May be required to work overtime with or without notice.
  • May be required to work or travel outside of regular office hours.
WORK CONDITIONS:
  • Work conditions and locations vary widely. Requires travel to off-site locations. Tasks are performed inside and outside in various weather conditions. Work may be performed in a lab or office atmosphere Work may require handling hazardous or dangerous materials.
  • Periodically out of office driving in inclement weather.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
  • Knowledge of methods used in collecting and preserving physical evidence and the use of such evidence in establishing guilt.
  • Knowledge of modern fingerprinting and latent print processing techniques and procedures.
  • Knowledge of police photography (black/white and color) and processing procedures.
  • Knowledge of modern criminal investigation methods and identification techniques.
  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local laws and ordinances pertaining to the collection and use of physical evidence.
  • Knowledge of departmental policies, procedures, rules, and regulations.
  • Skilled in operating computers and other types of office equipment.
  • Skilled in using computers for word processing and accounting purposes.
  • Skilled in collecting and processing various types of crime scene evidence.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to give testimony in the field of fingerprinting, latent fingerprint development, and the collection and preservation of evidence.
  • Ability to operate motor vehicles in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other agencies, the administration, co-workers, and the general public.

Requirements:

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:
  • High School Diploma/GED required
  • Associate's Degree or Bachelor's Degree preferred
  • Preferred Major(s): Criminal Justice, Criminology, Photography or other relate degree.
EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
  • Computer literacy and experience required.
  • Two (2) years of related experience in photography, fingerprint processing, evidence handling, and/or report writing preferred.
  • Each year of higher education in Criminal Justice, Photography, or related field may substitute for a year of relevant experience towards the position.
  • Any equivalent combination of education or experience which provide the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities.
CERTIFICATION AND LICENSING:
  • Current, valid Florida driver's license.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
  • Sit/stand for moderate periods.
  • Drive a car, van, or truck.
  • See/hear at a normal range/level.
  • Speak, read, and write English understandably.
  • Ambulate independently.
  • Lift/carry 50+ pounds.
  • Push/pull moderate to heavy loads.
  • Bend and squat.
  • Climb (step ladder, wall, tree, etc.)
  • Manual dexterity.

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Posted: August 28, 2019


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