Employment Opportunity

Apprentice Crime Scene Technician

Richardson Police Department, Richardson, Texas

Salary: $3,166.00 per month

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

Under supervision, undergo classroom training, field training, and other instruction designed to prepare the apprentice for assuming the duties and responsibilities of Crime Scene Technician. Perform other related work as required.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Assist the Crime Scene Technician and Criminalist and receive training related to: composing descriptive reports, both in drawings and narrative form, that detail crime scenes; help process evidence and assist with other assigned investigative efforts; fingerprint classification in the Henry, AFIS and NCIC Systems; operation of various pieces of camera equipment; court testimony.
  • As instructed or directed by the Crime Scene Supervisor, compose in narrative form and/or drawings descriptive reports recording the details of crime scene investigations. Also, the identifying, collecting, and/or processing of physical evidence and other investigative assignments as specified by supervision; various aspects of photography including the operation of various pieces of still photography and video equipment; court testimony.
  • Communicate effectively in English, in both written and verbal form.
  • Mix and use chemicals used in processing evidence.
  • Lift and carry items weighing as much as 75 pounds while climbing ladders and stairs.
  • Set up and operate portable lighting equipment and generator.
  • Use hand tools such as hammers, saws, pliers, electric drills, scissors, tweezers, and forceps in the recovery and processing of evidential items.
  • Use measuring tapes, rulers, and roll-a-tape to measure and record the location of objects and proximity to other objects at a scene.
  • Work in close proximity to dead bodies in various stages of putrefaction to recover and record evidence, photographing, videotaping crime scenes, and collecting trace evidence.
  • Lift, carry and store supplies or equipment into storage cabinets and shelves, 6 ft. above floor level.
  • Operate a computer terminal and associated imaging software and hardware.
  • Load and unload equipment or impounded items in and out of a vehicle.
  • Squat, stoop, kneel and/or crawl in locating and recovering items of evidence from under, behind larger items or in tight restrictive spaces.
  • Work indoors/outdoors in extreme temperatures and in all weather conditions.
  • Climb ladders to gain access to rooftops for the purpose of processing, photographing, and/or collecting physical evidence.
  • Operate a city vehicle.
  • Must not pose a threat to the health or safety of self or others.
  • Be flexible as to duty hours and call-outs as required.
  • May be required to search prisoners as outlined by written policy.


  • High school graduate or G.E.D required.
  • Valid Texas Driver's License, Class C, required.
  • Must successfully complete various training courses in Crime Scene work, photography, latent fingerprint comparison, and evidence processing.
  • One (1) year general work experience required.

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Posted: September 4, 2019

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