Employment Opportunity

Police Evidence Specialist I

County of Hawaii Police, Kona and Hilo, Hawaii

Salary: $45,288.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

Permanent & Temporary Positions

Assists in searching for, recovering, preserving, and marking physical evidence at crime scenes, assists in preparing evidence reports and exhibits for court presentation; assists in conducting routine tests and analyses within the police crime laboratory; and performs other related duties as required.

There is one (1) permanent full-time vacancy in S. Hilo and two (2) permanent full-time vacancies in Kailua-Kona.

Special Working Conditions: Irregular hours, shift and weekend work, and occasional exposure to obnoxious conditions as required.

The eligible list may be used for other Police Evidence Specialist I permanent and temporary vacancies as they arise during the life of the list. Temporary appointment may lead to conversion to permanent appointment.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Assists in searching for, recovering, preserving, and marking physical and trace evidence at crime scenes.
  • Takes measurements and notes; prepares simple sketches and drawings of crime scenes, including placement of physical evidence.
  • Dusts, lifts, and recovers latent fingerprints from various sources at crime scenes.
  • Assists in making casts of body impressions and objects.
  • Takes photographs of latent prints, evidence, and crime scenes; processes same as required.
  • Assists in preparing evidence reports and in assembling evidence and exhibits for court presentation.
  • Assists in conducting tests and analyses in the crime laboratory to include examining and analyzing of marijuana, drugs, and alcohol; processing latent prints through chemical methods; examining and testing firearms, and comparing bullets and cartridges; preparing chemical reagents, etc.
  • Receives on-the-job instruction on the more complex and sophisticated methods, procedures, and techniques of crime scene investigations.
  • Attends in-service and other classes pertinent to the field.
  • As required, operates a mobile crime laboratory vehicle.


A combination of education and experience substantially equivalent to:
  • graduation from an accredited college or university with major work (baccalaureate degree) in the physical, biological, or forensic sciences (scan and attach your official college transcript to your application), and
  • one (1) year of laboratory, research, or analytical experience involving the application of scientific principles and procedures in chemistry, biology, physics, forensic sciences, or related fields, and
  • must be qualified to carry and/or possess firearm or ammunition in accordance with state and federal laws, e.g., no misdemeanor or felony domestic violence conviction, and
  • possession of a valid State of Hawai`i driver's license (Class 3) or any other valid comparable driver's license at time of filing. (You will be required to submit your valid driver's license at time of hire).
Knowledge of:
  • basic principles of the physical and biological sciences; standard laboratory procedures and equipment.
Ability to:
  • learn crime scene characteristics and evidence recovery procedures; learn and apply the rules of evidence; learn and apply investigative methods and techniques; prepare reports of crime scene investigations; use common laboratory instruments and equipment; assist with routine laboratory analyses and keep records of findings; work well with others; follow oral and written instructions.
Physical Requirements:
  • Persons seeking appointment to positions in this class must meet the health and physical condition standards deemed necessary and proper to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.
Physical Effort Grouping:
  • Light

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Posted: June 1, 2020

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