Employment Opportunity

Crime Scene Technician

Santa Fe Police Department, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Salary: $21.54 - $32.32 per hour

Final Filing Date: January 22, 2021

Under general supervision, is responsible for the processing of crime scenes, including photographic collection of evidence, identification, and preservation of evidence in relation to criminal investigations and in accordance with modern investigative principles.

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Under general supervision
  • Can be expected to process crime scenes for purposes of identifying and collecting relevant evidence for use in criminal prosecution, utilizing one or all of the following techniques: digital photography, diagrams and sketches, fingerprint collection procedures, plaster casts, and assorted physical and/or chemical tests.
  • Writes reports documenting relevant information and testifies in criminal proceedings.
  • And other duties as may be required.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Skills in operating computers.
  • Ability to conduct specialized tests, evaluate situations, and
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates and the public.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle, digital camera, latent print kits, electrostatic dust print lifter, radios, ladders, hand tools, shovels, casting kits and lighting equipment.


Education Requirement
  • Associates Degree in a recognized science, such as Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Criminology
Experience Requirement
  • Three (3) years of experience in crime scene processing, photography, digital photography, and latent fingerprints;
Education and Experience Equivalency
  • One (1) year of the appropriate type and level of experience may be substituted for each required year of post-high school education.
  • Additional appropriate education may be substituted for the minimum experience requirements.
Licensure and Certifications
  • Must possess or obtain a valid New Mexico Class 5 or D Driver's License, with a good driving record.
Special Requirements
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be 18 years of age.
  • Must successfully complete a polygraph examination and thorough background investigation.
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony or other crime involving moral turpitude.
  • Must be able to pass physical examination.
  • Must be certified or become certified within one (1) year of hire in at least one nationally or internationally recognized crime scene investigator certification such as: International Association for Identification, American Board of Medical Legal Death Investigators, or International Association of Blood Spatter Pattern Analysts. (Certification must be attached
  • to application.)
Physical Requirements
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.
  • Physical exertion required under vigorous and unusual conditions.
  • Must be able to bend, twist, walk, climb, crawl and kneel.
Working Environment
  • Work is performed inside and outdoors, sometimes under inclement weather conditions and in confined spaces.
  • May be exposed to loud noises, gasses, fumes, chemicals, body fluids, acids and contaminated needles.
  • Must be able to work irregular hours, nights, weekends, holidays, and on-call duty.

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Posted: January 13, 2021

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