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Crime Scene Technician

Cocoa Police Department, Cocoa, Florida

Salary: $34,278.40 - $54,849.60 Annually

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

Under the general supervision of the Criminal Investigations Sergeant or designee, examines major crime scenes to collect, identify, photograph, videotape, classify, sort, transmit, analyze, and dispose of department-held physical evidence related to criminal investigations. The Crime Scene Technician is responsible for photography, sketching, plaster cast construction, latent fingerprint detection, maintenance of evidence continuity, and testifying in courtroom prosecution. Employee may be reviewed and measured by a continuous evaluation of the effectiveness of the property/evidence operation by the Police Chief or designee.

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Duties:

  • Photographs and videotapes major crime scenes using 35 mm cameras, video cameras, and digital camera imagery and develops and prepares photographic enlargements for latent prints, shoe impressions, etc.
  • Collects, packages, transports, and submits evidence within prescribed standard operating procedures, transports evidence to appropriate crime labs for scientific laboratory analysis, and ensures that the necessary forms are prepared and processed.
  • Attends and documents autopsies via photography/videotape, collects and packages evidence such as hairs, fibers, clothing, finger and palm prints, fingernails, DNA, and bodily fluids from decedent at autopsy to be placed into evidence.
  • Locates and recovers latent prints using fuming techniques, powders and chemicals, and photographic techniques.
  • Locates, collects and enhances blood and body fluids, including blood spatter diagrams and photographs.
  • Locates and recovers projectile evidence, including the determination of origin of the projectile.
  • Performs routine office tasks such as typing, filing, faxing, telephoning, and photocopying.
  • Maintains a variety of records, logs, and files related to criminal evidence, fingerprints, and related laboratory and chemical analysis and inputs appropriate data into computer software.
  • Secures and processes articles found in evidence, assures the security of weapons, narcotics and cash seized, enters guns by make, model, and serial number, logs information concerning criminal cases.
  • Performs specialized analysis on substances/items retrieved by law enforcement officials as necessary and within the scope of the department's ability
  • Essential Employees may be required to work during a declared or undeclared emergency.
  • Performs other related job duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
  • Knowledge of local, State and Federal laws, and court decisions pertaining to the collection, preservation, and use of evidence.
  • Knowledge of methods and techniques used in processing and preserving physical evidence, criminal identification methods and procedures, Rules of Evidence, technical aspects of field of specialty, photographic techniques and film processing methods, record-keeping techniques, interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy, operation of a computer terminal and data entry techniques, drug analysis procedures, English usage, punctuation, spelling, and letter format.
  • Knowledge of the unified crime reporting system with particular emphasis in classification specifications and various computer applications, including spreadsheet and database utilities, mapping software, and other software particular to the unit assigned.
  • Knowledge of proper methods for research and analysis, of statistical methods, and research concepts and techniques.
  • Knowledge of the techniques and procedures used in the collection, preservation, and testing of evidence.
  • Knowledge of safety precautions required when working with the chemicals commonly used in collecting, preserving and testing evidence, and effective training techniques.
  • Skill in the use of a variety of office equipment and machinery such as a computer terminal, typewriter, microscope, fingerprint (ink, cards, and live-scan device), various cameras, crash and crime scene mapping and measuring equipment, photo lab and related equipment.
  • Skill in operating a personal computer for record keeping and report preparation.
  • Skill in learning, remembering, using, and applying complex computer software operating procedures and methods.
  • Ability to utilize judgment in recognizing materials that can significantly assist in solving crimes and prosecuting offenders.
  • Ability to recognize a hazardous situation and utilize appropriate personal protective equipment when coming in contact with contaminated, corrosive or explosive materials, and exposure to infectious or communicable diseases.
  • Ability to develop and maintain an effective and secure evidence facility and procedures and maintain records and files.
  • Ability to receive, record, secure, and store physical evidence, analyzes, compare, and classify latent prints and testify accurately in court proceedings.
  • Ability to learn to interpret, apply and explain laws, codes, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Ability to work confidentially with discretion, independently in carrying out assignments to completion, understand and work within scope of authority, maintain accuracy and attention to detail, and meet schedules and timelines.
  • Ability to observe legal and defensive driving practices.
  • Ability to read, understands, and applies law enforcement and court procedures and relevant regulations and laws pertaining to property and evidence in the custody of the Police Department.
  • Ability to research report for proper disposition of evidence.
  • Ability to make decisions based on factual data, organize, communicate and present ideas clearly and concisely, both verbally and written.
  • Ability to interact with judicial system and States Attorney's Office and assist in the prosecution of cases presented to the court system.
  • Ability to control a crime scene for the most effective collection of evidence, instruct Police Officers in the collection and preservation of evidence at crime scenes, analyze findings, identify trends, and relate evidence with ongoing investigations, and work as a team member with officers investigating crimes.
  • Ability to remain calm, think clearly, and respond to emergencies under extremely stressful conditions.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written directions, communicate effectively, both orally and written, write clear and detailed reports; type at 35 words net per minute from clear copy.
  • Ability to deal with the public, co-workers, and representatives of other public agencies using courtesy, tact and good judgment and work as a member of a customer service oriented team.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.

Requirements:

  • Associate's degree in Crime Scene Technology, Forensic and Investigative Science, Forensic Science or equivalent field of study.
  • One or more years work experience as a Crime Scene Investigator or Forensic Investigator
  • OR
  • Any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Candidates preferred with completed forty-eight (48) hours of crime scene courses and certification through Florida Division of the International Association of Identification as a Level II certified Crime Scene Analyst, Shoot Incident Reconstruction, Basic/Advanced Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Advanced Crime Scene Investigation, Shooting Reconstruction, and training in fingerprint processing techniques and basic fingerprint development, classification and fingerprint pattern recognition; supplemented by experience in collecting and preserving physical evidence, operating cameras and other photographic equipment.
Special Qualifications:
  • For positions requiring the operation of City vehicles, must possess a valid current Florida driver's license, or be able to acquire one within 45 days of hire.
  • Must reside within Brevard County, Florida.
  • Technical experience in a moderate to large-scale law enforcement or similar institutional agency preferred.
  • Must be capable of passing a comprehensive background investigation, including but not limited to a polygraph/CVSA, physical and a drug screen.

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Posted: December 21, 2019

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