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Crime Scene Specialist

Travis County Sheriff, Manor, Texas

Salary: $45,346.50 - $56,683.12 Annually

Final Filing Date: January 29, 2020

Under general supervision, performs technical and scene processing support for countywide crime scenes by photographing and sketching physical evidence, processing evidence and marking/packaging physical evidence, such as finger/shoe prints and collection of biologicals to satisfy legal and scientific requirements. Prepares reports of findings, and testifies in a court at law about all work performed.

This is a job classification within the Public Safety/Emergency Management job family. The Crime Scene Specialist also possesses broader knowledge/skills about the Crime Lab operation to allow more independence in carrying out responsibilities. 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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  • Responds to crime scenes, identifies and documents evidence and collects and processes physical evidence. Photographs and sketches physical evidence at the scene of the crime. Transports and stores evidence. Communicates extensively with patrol and investigators to determine nature and extent of the crime scene. Interacts professionally with witnesses and suspects.
  • Processes a large variety of different objects and surfaces for latent prints. Classifies, compares and maintains fingerprint records.
  • Establishes and maintains chain of custody. Processes physical evidence. Logs, secures and maintains evidence and ensures its integrity is maintained. Delivers and retrieves physical evidence from forensic laboratories.
  • Prepares reports of physical evidence in a concise written format that includes all observations and disposition of all physical evidence processed, collected and preserved.
  • Provides expert testimony in County, State and Federal courts. Provides expert liaison and advisory assistance to other agencies and legal teams.
  • Documents measurements at a scene when needed and prepares detailed sketches.
  • Coordinates inventory of crime scene supplies.
  • Serves on various committees, as required.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:
  • High School diploma or G.E.D. AND two (2) years of experience in the crime scene field. Three (3) years of fingerprint experience may be substituted for one (1) year of crime scene experience;
  • 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.
  • International Association for Identification (IAI) Certifications
  • Forensic Science experience
  • Education with focus in Forensic Science or core Sciences

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of:
  • Physical evidence capabilities, identification procedures and related techniques.
  • Fingerprint classification methods.
  • Federal, State, Local and County applicable laws, rules, regulations and applicable crime scene standards and procedures.
  • Legal chain of custody procedures.
  • Business letter writing, grammar and punctuation, and report preparation.
Skill in:
  • Photography and camera operation.
  • 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.
  • Work efficiently both independently and as part of a team.
  • 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 40 pounds (photography equipment) 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, crouching, and maintaining balance to perform the essential functions.
  • Subject to indoor/outdoor activities, possible hazardous biological materials, and high stress situations.

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Posted: January 8, 2020

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