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CSU Forensic Investigator

Midland County Sheriff, Midland, Texas

Salary: $51,276.73 Annually

Responsible for all activities related to investigating crimes, assists all divisions of the Sheriff’s Office and local, state, and federal agencies in investigations, identifications, and court appearances by gathering, securing, and maintaining all evidence, whereby all evidence is easily retrieved and presentable for court appearances; and conducts training classes as needed.

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Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
  • Conducts crime scene searches, including collecting, processing, and maintaining custody, care, and control of all evidence obtained from the scene.
  • Photographs and sketches major crime scenes.
  • Submits evidence to qualified forensic laboratories and receives returned evidence for court presentation.
  • Retrieves fingerprints for crime scenes and other officers and compares them with suspects’ fingerprints.
  • Receives fingerprint cards of newly incarcerated offenders from Records Division.
  • Classifies fingerprint cards and enters classification in the computer for further reference.
  • Retrieves fingerprint cards of suspects for comparison with latent prints.
  • Photographs latent and rolled fingerprints for court presentation.
  • Maintains and utilizes official surveillance equipment as needed.
  • Testifies in court regarding fingerprint evidence, as well as “pen packs” on the punishment phase of criminal cases.
  • Classifies, registers, and enters fingerprints into the Office of Public Safety’s Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).
  • Enters unknown prints in AFIS.
  • Retrieves and manages prints already entered in AFIS.
  • Photographs crime and other scenes, including overseeing the development and printing of film.
  • Maintains files of crime scene negatives.
  • Prints mug shots and constructs photo line-ups for investigators using X-ray image.
  • Copies photographs as needed.
  • Performs handwriting analysis, including examining, and comparing handwriting for various agencies, maintaining files of handwriting analysis, and testifying in court on related matters.
  • Assists with narcotics searches, including collecting, preserving, submitting, and maintaining custody of all evidence.
  • Handles all evidence received by the Sheriff’s Office, including filing, organizing for court presentation, maintaining records of all evidence for the disposition of property, disposing of evidence, and maintaining security of evidence.
  • Attends all autopsies for photographs, fingerprints, and evidence removed by the pathologist.
  • Instructs training classes on crime scenes, fingerprints, evidence, and other issues.
  • Assists other divisions, sections, or personnel in the office as needed or directed.
  • Shall be assigned to on-call duty within CSU investigators.


Qualifications, Education, and/or experience - To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • High school diploma/graduation or its equivalent. Preferred Bachelor's Degree in Forensic Science, Criminal Justice, or related field.
  • Additional certification may be required.
  • Critical thinking, problem-solving, and deductive reasoning skills.
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal).
  • Able to operate specialized computer software and photographic equipment.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to work day and night shifts, and over weekends.
  • Ability to travel.
Knowledge, Skills and/or ability
  • Crime Scene Investigators need to be familiar with procedures such as processing evidence, testifying in court, and standard office practices and procedures.
  • Operate computers; write reports, letters, and other documents using proper format and grammar. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; physically restrain other individuals; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, public and their families, and the public.
  • Must have valid Texas driver’s license.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS - The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk and hear.
  • The employee must frequently stand and walk.
  • The employee must frequently lift and/or move objects weighing up to 20 pounds, such as files, stacks of records, or other similar objects.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus.
  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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Posted: April 27, 2021

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