Employment Opportunity


Crime Scene Technician

Ocala Police Department, Ocala, Florida

Salary: $31,500.00 - $56,650.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

Primary function is to respond to crime scenes to preserve and collect evidence to be submitted to the Technical Services Section. This includes photography, latent print collection, and DNA collection of evidence. The position is an entry level position assigned to a field capacity in the Technical Service Section. Reports to the Technical Services Supervisor.

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Duties:

  • Major Crime Scene Investigations - Responds to major crime scenes and takes precautions to safeguard the evidence. Often responding to scenes while the crime is actively being worked and suspects are still be sought. Preserves the scene as it is, by taking photos or videos, at times, while medical personnel are rendering treatment in order to memorialize the scene.
  • Processes a scene by taking measurement of evidence to fixed objects and documents those measurements to create a diagram of the crime scene.
  • Processes the victim of major crime scenes by collecting blood swabs, DNA swabs, documenting and photographing injuries. Requires the Crime Scene Tech to handle the deceased, when applicable, to examine for injuries and evidence.
  • Responds to the Medical Examiner Office to collect evidence during the autopsies.
  • Handles and exposed to biohazard materials.
  • Issued ballistic vests to wear at scenes of shootings for fear of on-going violence.
  • Minor Crime Scenes - Responds to crime scenes to secure the scene for evidence.
  • Photographs, processes scenes, to include latent print processing and DNA processing.
  • Digital Evidence Collection - Responds to scenes to collect videos from surveillance equipment.
  • Locates, downloads and saves all body and in-car camera video.
  • Motion to Compel - Responds to the court room by court order and collects fingerprints and/or DNA from suspects of a crime in response to a court order.
  • Case Preparation - Prepares evidence for criminal trials.
  • Lab Processing - Uses chemicals to process evidence for latent prints. Uses ninhydrin, gun blue, and other chemicals to complete processing of evidence. Uses sterilized swabs to collect touch DNA from items of evidence. Handles biohazard items during the evidence processing process.
  • Reports - Prepares detailed reports and diagrams to memorialize crime scenes as they have been found.
  • Itemizes each item found in their reports by locations and with measurements, at times.
  • Court -- Attends depositions in preparation for criminal prosecution.
  • Appears in court, under subpoena, and provides sworn testimony in court for criminal prosecution.
  • Brings evidence to trial to enter it into the criminal case.
  • Testifies to the chain of custody of evidence.
  • Required to report to work at the appointed hour, as scheduled, and to work the entire assigned shift.

Requirements:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
  • High School Diploma or GED
MINIMUM SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
  • Ability to use computers and other office equipment. Must be organized and capable of detailed and accurate work, able to safely handle firearms, bio-hazardous materials, chemicals, and tools.
  • Must be able to do photography and process evidence in the lab.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle.
  • Ability to meet multiple deadlines and perform duties with numerous and sometimes lengthy interruptions.
  • Ability to give professional competent testimony in legal hearings.
  • Ability to maintain confidential information.
  • Ability to use independent judgment.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in written form.
LICENSES/CERTIFICATIONS:
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Florida Operator's Drivers License with an acceptable driving record.

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Posted: December 24, 2020

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