Employment Opportunity

Latent Print & Crime Scene Technician

Waco Police Department, Waco, Texas

Salary: $16.79 - $19.41 per hour

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

Under basic supervision, processes crime scenes for evidence to include: photography, latent prints and other trace evidence for the Waco Police Department (WPD).

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  • Process crime scenes for evidence, to include, but not limited to detecting/lifting fingerprints, taking digital photographs, and collecting, storing, and preserving items of evidence (i.e blood, bodily fluids, weapons, property, etc.)
  • Accurately documents work product in offense reports and on diagrams.
  • Testifies in court, maintains a chain of custody of evidence, and acquires and maintains a working knowledge of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.
  • Works in an environment containing bio-hazardous materials.
  • Supports the relationship between the City of Waco and the general public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with citizens, visitors and City staff; maintains confidentiality of work-related issues and City information; performs other duties as required or assigned.
  • Must have ability to climb, carry, stoop, and crawl and safely operate a motor vehicle. Frequently exposed to extreme heat, cold, humidity, and precipitation; fumes and odors from processing chemicals; and bio-logical hazards such as blood and body fluids.
  • May be required to respond afterhours, including holidays and weekends, in the event of a departmental or City wide emergency.
  • Must live in McLennan County and be able to work an on-call schedule when designated.
  • Driving is essential.
  • City policies and procedures.
  • Policies, rules and regulations governing the management of property and evidence records.
  • Principles and practices of confidential records management and file maintenance.
Skill in:
  • Latent fingerprint recovery, processing, classification, analysis and comparisons.
  • Processing and organizing numerous items of evidence in an orderly fashion for storage and retrieval.
  • Operating a personal computer utilizing standard and specialized software and entering information with speed and accuracy.
  • Communicating effectively verbally and in writing.


  • Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, or related field is required.
  • One year of experience in crime scene processing, latent print development and fingerprint comparison is preferred;
  • OR
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Must possess a valid Class C Texas Driver’s License.

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How to apply: Apply online

Posted: November 5, 2019

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