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Crime Scene Specialist Lead

Travis County Sheriff's Office, Manor, Texas

Salary: $51,934.48 - $64,918.26 Annually

Final Filing Date: November 21, 2019

Leads and directs the Crime Scene team and Latent Prints section. Ensures that the Travis County Sheriff's Office (TCSO) is complying with industry standards and setting proper unit goals, training, and overall daily operations. This classification will lead the Unit in reaching the highest attainable level of operating practices and operate in accordance with guidance provided by laboratory accrediting bodies.

This is a job classification within the Public Safety/Emergency Management job family. This classification is a working lead position that will take on-call duties and report to the Crime Scene & Evidence Manager. Work requires flexibility to work evenings, including weekends and holidays. This classification may require a flexible work schedule in order to meet the needs of the department.

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  • Is responsible for daily operations of the Crime Scene and Latent Print Units. Sets and manages an on-call rotation to include the Crime Scene Specialist Lead (CSSL) in the rotation for on-call. Directs Crime Scene Specialists (CSS) to respond to assistance requests from Major Crimes, Family Violence, and other intra-agency calls.
  • Oversees all internal personnel and the advancement of the program within the Crime Scene and Latent Print Units. Ensures all daily operations are conducted and in compliance with industry standards and best practices.
  • Schedules and allows for agencies and community requests for training. Manages and assigns training for TCSO Training Academy week long semi-annual courses or any other courses requested to be taught.
  • Is responsible for continued development of Evidence Processing Lab and oversight of development and operations within its facility ensuring that it meets all safety and operational standards that apply to an accredited laboratory.
  • Orders and stocks consumable supplies for use by Crime Scene and Latent Print Units.
  • Provides processes for administrative and technical review of casework. Provides processes for quality assurance in accordance with best practices with accrediting bodies. Oversees the creation of all standard operating procedures, training manuals, room logs, key logs, and all documentation required for auditing purposes approved through the manager.
  • Ensures all safety standards are met within working environments to include equipment, clothing, and training to accomplish the Crime Scene and Latent Print mission. Inspects all Crime Scene vehicles on a quarterly basis.
  • Maintains and houses all Crime Scene Development folders and training folders. Recommends and schedules training courses and career development classes. Ensures all annual proficiency and competency exams are met and any remedial training accomplished.
  • Provides career guidance, mentoring, evaluations, and support for the Crime Scene Unit. Evaluates Court Room testimony and critiques. Prepares CSS for higher levels of certifications by professional affiliations such as International Association for Identification. Is responsible for selection, training, evaluation, counseling, recommendation for discipline, and developmental action plans.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:
  • High School diploma or G.E.D. AND four (4) years of experience in the crime scene field.
  • OR,
  • Any combination of education and experience that has been achieved and is equivalent to the stated education and experience and required knowledge, skills, and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of this job.
Licenses, Registrations, Certifications, or Special Requirements:
  • Valid Texas Driver's License.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of:
  • Crime scene processing and procedures.
  • Physical evidence capabilities, identification procedures, criminological and related techniques.
  • Fingerprint classification methods.
  • Federal, State, Local and County applicable laws, rules, regulations, applicable crime scene standards and procedures, and TCSO Evidence Control standard operating procedures.
  • Crime Scene/Latent Print publications, and Code of Criminal Procedures (CCP).
  • Legal chain of custody procedures.
  • Business letter writing, grammar and punctuation, and report preparation.
Skill in:
  • Keen observation.
  • Detailed oriented.
  • Legible handwriting.
  • Use of computer.
  • Critical thinking and sound judgement.
  • Photography and film development.
  • Problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Both verbal and written communication.
Ability to:
  • Take, process, classify and compare fingerprints.
  • Make accurate sketches.
  • Identify and secure all types of physical evidence.
  • Work under stress when confronted with critical or unusual situations.
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Reason and make judgments and decisions.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with County employees and officials, representatives of law enforcement and other outside agencies, and the general public.
Work Environment & Other Information
  • Physical requirements include the ability to lift/carry up to 50 pounds occasionally, visual acuity, hand and eye coordination, precise and meticulous when performing evidence work, and small object manual dexterity.
  • Subject to standing, walking, bending, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling and maintaining balance to perform the essential functions.
  • Subject to indoor/outdoor activities, extreme temperatures, possible hazardous biological materials, and high stress situations.

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Posted: October 31, 2019

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