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Crime Lab and Evidence Supervisor

Santa Maria Police Department, Santa Maria, California

Salary: $8,244.15 - $10,020.79 Monthly

Final Filing Date: March 8, 2021

Under general direction of the assigned supervisor, responsible for the Police Department's crime lab and property/evidence bureau. Willingness and ability to respond to after-normal workday or irregular and on-call emergency requests on nights, weekends and holidays. This position supervises other technical and support staff.

The Crime Lab and Evidence Supervisor position is a Front Line Supervisor role that provides supervision, guidance and motivation to the crime lab and property/evidence bureau. Their role enables bureau staff to provide police officers and investigators with unbiased evidence and results used to prosecute or exonerate individuals, assuring that truth and justice prevail within the City of Santa Maria.

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This position:
  • Is responsible for the crime lab and property/evidence bureau.
  • Appears in court to present evidence or other testimony.
  • Prepares and reviews various reports.
  • Participates in and contributes to the development and administration of the department budget and monitors expenditures.
  • Assists and advises in the formulation of departmental policies and procedures related to the crime lab and property/evidence bureaus.
  • Assists crime lab personnel in the identification, collection, and preservation of evidence at major crime scenes, and in the appropriate photographic and diagrammatic scene representation, laboratory processing, development, collection of latent prints and trace evidence, etc.
  • Directs the selection, placement, training and supervision of other employees; reviews and evaluates performance and recommends personnel action.
  • Prepares appropriate material for court display.
  • Operates CAL ID / FBI IAFIS Fingerprint Identification Systems (or related system).
  • Completes crime reports as necessary; attends and documents autopsies.
  • Scope of assigned area will depend on departmental structure and is at the discretion of the department director.
  • Upholds the values of the organization and has strong customer service orientation.
  • Performs other related projects and duties as assigned.
  • Demonstrates regular, reliable and punctual attendance.


  • Graduation from high school.
  • Ideally, four years of experience with a law enforcement agency during which photography, photo lab work, fingerprinting and crime scene investigation procedures were being carried out;
  • OR
  • Four years of experience as a combination I.D. Tech/Sworn Officer; and Experience in leadership and supervisory capacity;
  • OR
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.
Knowledge of Current technical/professional knowledge of complex principles, methods, standards and techniques associated with the scope of work of a recognized profession, such as:
  • Law enforcement as they apply to: the identification, collection and preservation of evidence; fingerprinting; interview and interrogation techniques.
  • Effective verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Microsoft Office Suite (or equivalent), and project management principles.
  • Use computer and other office equipment effectively.
  • Possession of a valid and appropriate California Driver License. Must have and maintain a satisfactory driving record and be insurable to operate City vehicles.

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Posted: February 3, 2021

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