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Crime Scene Investigator

Fort Lauderdale Police Department, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Salary: $49,213.84 - $76,315.41 Annually

Final Filing Date: May 12, 2021

Responds to crime scenes and identifies and documents evidence on scene; collects, processes, and preserves evidence. Identifies potential suspects. Reconstructs crime scene events and testifies to findings in court. This is a non-sworn position.

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ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS - Essential functions are the basic job duties that an employee must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation. The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. The omission of a function does not preclude management from assigning essential duties not listed herein if such duties relate to the position.
  • Documents major crime scenes using digital photography, diagramming techniques, and video cameras; develops and prepares photographic enlargements for latent prints, shoe impressions, etc.
  • Collects, packages, transports and submits evidence within prescribed standard operating procedures; transports evidence to appropriate crime labs - City of Fort Lauderdale Police Department, Broward Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement or the Federal Bureau of Investigation, for scientific laboratory analysis; ensures that the necessary forms are prepared and processed
  • Attends and documents autopsies via photography/videotape; collects and packages evidence such as hairs, fibers, clothing, finger and palm prints, fingernails, and body fluids from decedent at autopsy to be placed into evidence
  • Locates and recovers latent prints using fuming techniques, powders and chemicals, and photographic techniques
  • Locates, collects and enhances blood and body fluids, including blood spatter diagrams and photographs
  • Locates and recovers projectile evidence, including the determination of origin of the projectile
  • Casts impressions of tire, tool and shoe impressions
  • Prepares exhibits for case prosecution including photographs, crime scene diagrams, casts of impressions, etc.
  • Produces crime scene drawings and sketches manually to record location of all evidence; utilizes Crime Zone computer software program for final drawing of crime scene
  • Prepares written reports of crime scene investigation and submits findings to law enforcement superior
  • Maintains continuity of evidence
  • Testifies in depositions and court proceedings regarding the finding and processing methods used to gather evidence at the crime scene
  • Operates crime scene investigation vehicle to perform assigned duties
  • May be required to work on call, holiday, night and/or weekend
  • Performs related work as required


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice or a related field
  • One (1) to three (3) years of crime scene investigation and/or crime scene technology work experience. Additional qualifying experience may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required education.
  • Possess or be able to obtain an International Association for Identification certification – Crime scene Investigator level within two (2) years of hire.
  • Posses or be able to obtain a valid Florid Driver's License and have an acceptable driving record.

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Posted: April 29, 2021

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