Employment Opportunity

Crime Scene Manager

Buckeye Police Department, Buckeye, Arizona

Salary: $57,283.20 - $85,904.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

Under limited supervision, processes complex/major crime scenes, supervises the Crime Scene Unit and Crime Scene Officers program, including training of personnel and maintaining quality assurance of work performed. This position is accountable to the Lieutenant or Division Manager for the efficient and effective expenditure of the Crime Scene Unit's resources and ensuring the delivery of quality crime scene processing. The position is responsible for keeping current on research and development of technology, new applications, improved equipment and updated procedures relating to crime scene management and processing.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Supervises and coordinates programs and projects involving the Crime Scene Unit and Crime Scene Officers Program.
  • Performs a wide variety of professional and technical crime scene services including, but not limited to: crime scene evaluations to determine nature of the crime and methods used; crime scene photography and sketching; recognition and preservation of physical evidence, including fingerprints, tool marks, and tire or footwear/footprint impressions; interpreting physical evidence to link the crime scene and criminal; establishing a competent chain of evidence; and giving effective testimony before courts and other government groups.
  • Plans, coordinates and reviews training and performance skills of all Crime Scene Technician and/or Crime Scene Officers assigned to the Crime Scene Unit to accomplish the mission, goals and objectives of the department. Plans and organizes training needs for areas of responsibility such as specialized courses or on-the-job training, ensuring personnel receive training required to meet responsibilities.
  • Ensures personnel utilize established crime scene practices, policies and procedures. Provides professional development to staff when needs are determined.
  • Prepares crime scene reports and documentation for court cases and testifies as a witness in official proceedings.
  • Assists with screening, interviewing and selection process for personnel working in the Crime Scene Unit.
  • Maintains and inspects supplies and equipment essential for Crime Scene Unit/Officers to accomplish their mission.
  • Administers and maintains a Quality Assurance Program. Implements and adheres to quality assurance and quality control measures to ensure quality crime scene services are provided. Provides suggested corrective action plan to appropriate command staff when quality assurance issues are identified.
  • Initiates activities directly related to the effectiveness and efficiency of Crime Scene Unit personnel and programs. Assumes a high degree of accountability for the results of all tasks, projects and programs including fiscal expenditures of the Crime Scene Unit.
  • Maintains and monitors crime scene certifications through the International Association for Identification for all personnel.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.


Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor's Degree in Forensic Science, Natural Science, Criminal Justice or related field from an accredited educational institution and five (5) years field experience in evidence collection and crime scene processing with a law enforcement agency OR an equivalent combination of education and experience providing the requisite skills, knowledge and experience to perform duties of the position.
  • Level I Crime Scene Certification as set forth by the International Association for Identification (IAI) or requisite training and experience is required. Level 2 Crime Scene Certification is preferred.
Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of City policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local laws relating to collecting, processing, preserving and securing of physical and trace evidence.
  • Knowledge of and/or experience in firearms safety and handling.
  • Knowledge of the principles of record keeping and records management.
  • Knowledge of nationally accepted forensic standards and procedures.
  • Knowledge of advanced crime scene investigative principles, including recognition, collection and preservation of all types of evidence; crime scene sketching techniques; advanced photography principles and the use of photographic equipment.
  • Ability to provide technical consultation on the processing of crime scenes and collection of physical evidence.
  • Ability to develop, document, update and/or revise plans programs and procedures affecting crime scene investigation operations.
  • Ability to lead, motivate and train personnel.
  • Ability to effectively testify in a court of law.
  • Ability to present information, ideas and recommendations clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to write reports and documentation for court proceedings.
  • Ability to think and act independently.
  • Skill in operating a personal computer utilizing various software.
  • Skill in analysis and use of judgment to accomplish job duties.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective, cooperative working relationships.
Special Requirements:
  • Valid Arizona driver's license with no major driving citations in the last 36 months.
  • Due to the confidential, sensitive nature of work required, successful completion of a polygraph and a comprehensive background investigation is required.
  • Must be able to work irregular hours, including weekends, evenings/nights, holidays and on-call.
  • Must obtain Terminal Operator Level A certification within six months of hire and maintain during employment.
  • Must have participated in leadership training or complete within six months of hire.
  • Additional certification requirements may be required.
Preferred/Desired Qualifications:
  • One (1) year supervisory experience.
  • Working knowledge of CALEA Standards relating to Collection and Preservation of Evidence.
  • Knowledge of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science.
  • Current 10 Print Certification.
  • AFIS workstation operator.
  • Arizona POST General Instructor Certification.
Physical Demands / Work Environment:
  • Maintain an on-call status as needed for after-hours call out.
  • Processes crime scenes at any hour of the day or night, under any weather conditions.
  • Work can be indoors or outdoors.
  • Systematically surveys areas and formulates a plan of procedure.
  • May work for long periods of time without rest.
  • May include occasional physical labor and endurance.
  • Ability to wear full-face respirator is required.
  • Works with chemicals, powders and body fluids using appropriate protective equipment according to prescribed safety standards and regulations.

Do you have the Education Required? See available on-line and campus-based degree programs now!

How to apply: Apply online

Posted: March 11, 2020

Search for Jobs

NOTE: The crime-scene-investigator.net is not responsible for typographical errors or omissions in employment notices on this web site. Often, employers change final filing dates, change duties and/or requirements, or close employment openings without notice. If you are interested in a job posted on this site be sure to contact the employer to see if changes in the filing date or job announcement have been made. Employers can also provide more information about open positions that does not appear in the announcements on these pages.