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Crime Scene Investigator

Desert Hot Springs Police Department, Desert Hot Springs, California

Salary: $51,605.00 - $62,726.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

The City of Desert Hot Springs is accepting applications for qualified applicants for the position of Crime Scene Investigator. The eligibility list established for this position may be used to fill future full-time, part-time, seasonal, and/or temporary Crime Scene Investigator vacancies.

The Crime Scene Investigator will identify, collect, photograph and preserve evidence for police investigations; develop latent prints on items of evidence, photograph and collect the developed prints; photograph crime scenes, evidence, and related events to assist in police investigations; use digital photography and related software; locate, collect, and preserve evidence by using such techniques as photography, fingerprint processing, various casting methods, and swabbing; develop latent prints and enhance visible prints at crime scenes and on items of evidence; testify in court as an expert witness; and perform other duties as assigned.

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  • Examines and investigates all types of crime scenes for physical evidence; documents, collects and preserves physical evidence;
  • Maintains proper chain of custody on evidence;
  • Photographs crime scenes, evidence and postmortem examinations;
  • Dusts for and completes lifts for fingerprints; processes, analyzes, and verifies fingerprints; casts shoe impressions and other evidence preserving techniques as required;
  • Uses specialized equipment and procedures to determine the presence of blood and seminal fluid and to collect body fluids, hair fibers, gunshot residue and other trace evidence and materials;
  • Processes evidence in the field or at workstation using special chemicals and equipment to identify, develop and preserve evidence;
  • Measures, calculates and diagrams crime scenes;
  • Conducts interviews to gain relevant information for crime scene investigations; prepares detailed crime scene reports;
  • Appears in court to present evidence and testify in relation to scenes processed and evidence collected and preserved;
  • Ensures workstations and assigned areas are stocked with evidence collection supplies and kept in an organized manner;
  • Stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of crime scene technology;
  • Performs all work duties in accordance with City and Department policies and procedures;
  • Performs related duties and responsibilities as required.

Minimum Qualifications: Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and skills is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be:

Education: (must meet one of the following)
  • Associates degree or higher in Forensics, Crime Scene Technology, Criminalistics, Chemistry, or a closely related field AND completion of course work in Fingerprint Development, Comparison or Identification and Forensic Photography.
  • Certification as a Crime Scene Technician through the International Association for Identification (I.A.I.) or other accepted accrediting organization.
  • Two (2) years of verifiable full-time employment in a public jurisdiction as a fingerprint technician or equivalent verifying, classifying, and comparing 10 Print, and palm prints, operating automated 10 prints AFIS workstations, operating LiveScan systems, and serving as a basis custodian of criminal fingerprint records.
  • Two (2) years of verifiable full-time employment in a public jurisdiction as a Latent Print Examiner/Crime Scene Investigator or equivalent conducting field or laboratory forensic examinations, documentation, processing and court presentation.
  • Valid California Class C Driver License, good driving record.
Additional Requirements:
  • No felony convictions or history of substance abuse;
  • Successful background check and drug test;
Pass oral examination.


Knowledge of:
  • Pertinent Federal, State and City laws, codes and regulations; Department policies and procedures and statutes;
  • Crime scene investigation principles, including recognition, collection and preservation of fingerprints and all types of evidence;
  • Crime scene sketching techniques;
  • Photography principles and the use of photographic equipment; black and white, color, ultraviolet and other photography;
  • Microsoft Office products and other relevant software and technology;
  • Operations, services and activities of a law enforcement program; modern police methods, objectives and procedures;
  • Blood pattern analysis;
  • Rules of evidence pertaining to search and seizure, and preservation;
  • Operational characteristics of crime scene equipment and tools;
  • Forensic digital imaging;
  • Firearm examination, safe handling and storing of firearms.
Ability to:
  • Apply deductive, logical reasoning and make independent decisions;
  • Analyze situations, recognize emergency and hazardous situations; adopt effective courses of action;
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; clearly explain technical detail;
  • Prioritize work assignments; handle multiple projects simultaneously; work in absence of supervision;
  • Interpret and explain City policies and procedures;
  • Use and care for specialized police equipment;
  • Think clearly and behave tactfully in emergency situations;
  • Prepare clear and concise reports;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work;
  • Maintain mental capacity which allows the capability of making sound decisions and demonstrating intellectual capabilities;
  • Perform basic and more complex math functions in the analysis of crime scenes and evidence;
  • Maintain effective audio/visual discrimination and perception to the degree necessary for the successful performance of assigned duties; Visually distinguish the full range of the color spectrum;
  • Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities;
  • Successfully pass a thorough background investigation and physical including drug test;
  • Working alone or as part of a team, respond to major crime scenes and provide specialized services in latent print processing, forensic photography, scene documentation, evidence recovery and other specialized forensic skills (blood spatter interpretation, trajectory analysis, shooting reconstruction);
  • Testify in court

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How to apply: Apply online

Posted: September 25, 2020

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