Employment Opportunity


Crime Scene Technician I/II

Anne Arundel County Police Department, Millersville, Maryland

Salary: $38,106.00 - $68,224.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: September 30, 2019

This announcement will be used to fill full-time, permanent, and represented safety sensitive positions for Crime Scene Technician I or II within the Anne Arundel County Police Department. These positions may be filled at one of the following levels based on the skills, credentials and level of experience of the successful candidate.

  • CRIME SCENE TECHNICIAN I: $38,106 - $62,005 per year
  • CRIME SCENE TECHNICIAN II: $41,933 - $68,224 per year

The Crime Scene Technician I is entry-level technical evidence collection work involving the examination of crime and accident scenes for the purpose of collecting and preserving evidence. Work includes learning to identify, collect, photograph, record and preserve evidence.

The Crime Scene Technician II is the full performance level of skilled technical evidence collection work involving the examination of crime and accident scenes for the purpose of collecting and preserving evidence.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more

Duties:

  • Work includes identifying, collecting, photographing, recording and preserving of evidence. Work involves traveling in a County vehicle to the scene of an accident or crime to process evidence and transport it to the crime laboratory. In the processing of the scene, the Crime Scene Technician will take necessary measurements, photographs, and castings, and collect evidence including latent fingerprints, shoe and tire impressions to be used in criminal investigations and subsequent court proceedings.
  • Crime Scene Technician I and II's are responsible for establishing the chain of custody for evidence, and may be called upon to give testimony in court to explain steps and procedures followed. The work of this class requires writing detailed notes related to the crime scene and supplement collection of physical evidence with sketches and other documentation.
  • Crime Scene Technician I work is performed under close supervision and on other occasions under general supervision within established policies, procedures and technical guidelines. Work assignments are reviewed by a Crime Scene Technician Supervisor upon for conformity to established protocols and chain of custody requirements. Work performance is evaluated on the basis of the technician's consistent adherence to County standard operating procedures, federal, state and local laws governing all aspects of processing the scene of a crime or an accident scene.
  • Crime Scene Technician II work is performed independently within established policies, procedures and technical guidelines, and is reviewed by a Crime Scene Technician Supervisor upon completion for completeness. The Crime Scene Technician II performs evidence collection work independently following established protocols and chain of custody requirements. Work performance is evaluated on the basis of completeness and adherence to County standard operating procedures, federal, state and local laws governing the collection of evidence, and the accuracy of the recovery of evidence from a crime or accident scene.
  • Employees in this classification are designated essential employees, must report to work under all weather conditions and requires shift work and overtime. This work involves exposure to hazardous chemicals and biological materials, blood borne pathogens, and bodily fluids. Collection of evidence involves strict adherence to established protocols for evidence collection and preservation. Work of this class involves climbing, reaching, stooping, accessing cramped spaces, and lifting items weighing up to fifty pounds or more. Employees will be required to work overtime, holidays, weekends and standby duty.
  • Conducts searches for, identifies, collects, records, packages and transports physical evidence to be used in criminal investigations and court proceedings.
  • Initiates the chain of custody for biological and physical evidence.
  • Develops fingerprints and makes castings of evidence impressions.
  • Testifies in courts of law concerning the collection of evidence.
  • Takes measurements at a crime scene to develop crime sketch to illustrate scene and items within the scene; takes shoe and tire impressions.
  • Conducts blood spatter pattern analysis.
  • Drives mobile crime laboratory vehicle to crime scene.
  • Lifts and carries items weighing up to 50 pounds to take crime scene processing materials from vehicle to scene.
  • Operates a reciprocating saw to cut through walls and floors to recover evidence.
  • Climbs to roof of building or crawls in tight spaces to obtain latent prints and obtain photographs.
  • Works with chemicals to develop latent prints.
  • Processes blood and other hazardous body fluids and physical evidence such as weapons, i.e., guns, ammunition, knives, scissors etc., from the crime scene which may involve homicide victims.
  • Attends autopsies of deceased victims for the purpose of collecting evidence belonging to the victim of a crime.

Examples of Duties and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: (Note: The duties and responsibilities enumerated in this class specification are for the purpose of determining a common set of qualifications and salary level for all positions in this class. They are not intended to include all of the essential job functions of all positions in the class).

LEVEL I:
  • Knowledge of the basic principles of and techniques of chemistry, biology, and physics.
  • Knowledge of the methods, and techniques of laboratory analysis and research work.
  • Knowledge of the basic operation of photographic equipment.
  • Ability to operate personal computers.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors and other employees.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, and to operate a personal computer and software applications.
  • Performs related work as required.
LEVEL II:
  • Knowledge of the collection, identification, documentation, preservation and storage of evidence obtained from crime and accident scenes.
  • Knowledge of processing evidence for latent fingerprints, taking accurate measurements, making castings and sketches.
  • Knowledge of the operation of photographic equipment, and specialized evidence collection equipment to include but not limited to metal detectors, cyanoacrylate fuming chambers, omnichrome alternate light source equipment, ultraviolet light, fingerprint brushes and powders, power hand tools, and electrostatic dust print lifter.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors and other employees.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, and to operate a personal computer and software applications.
  • Performs related work as required.

Requirements:

The minimum qualifications for each level of the series are as follows:

CRIME SCENE TECHNICIAN I:
  • An associate's degree or 60 college credits from an accredited college or university with major course work in law enforcement, criminal justice, chemistry, biology, physics, or a related field and course work in the collection and preservation of evidence or other areas of forensic science or criminalistics; one (1) or more years of experience in the collection and preservation of evidence or a related field of forensic science or criminalistics; and a valid non-commercial Class C motor vehicle operator's license.
  • NOTE FOR LEVEL I: One (1) or more years of experience in the collection and preservation of evidence or a related field of forensic science or criminalistics may be substituted by a bachelor's degree in Forensic Science or closely related field.
CRIME SCENE TECHNICIAN II:
  • An Associate's degree or 60 college credits from an accredited college or university with major course work in law enforcement, criminal justice, chemistry, biology, physics, or a related field and course work in the collection and preservation of evidence or other areas of forensic science or criminalistics; two (2) or more years of experience in the collection and preservation of evidence or in a related field of forensic science or criminalistics; and a valid non-commercial Class C motor vehicle operator's license.
NOTES:
  • This is a Safety Sensitive position and employees in this position are subject to Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) and Alcohol testing.
  • The selection process includes a comprehensive background investigation.
  • Longevity pay is available based on years of service.

Supplemental Qualifications:

Preference will be given to candidates who have:
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the field of Forensic Science.
  • Completed an internship that involved performing and/or observing crime scene job duties.
  • Experience in fingerprint processing.

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Posted: September 11, 2019


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