Employment Opportunity


Sarasota Police Department, Sarasota, Florida

Salary: $35,588.80 - $44,470.40 Annually

Final Filing Date: April 20, 2021

To perform beginning or entry-level work as a Criminalist by assisting in the investigation of crimes through the collection and analysis of evidence from crime scenes to help in the identification of the perpetrator and to prove and sustain any charges brought in the judicial system.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


Essential Functions
  • Conducts crime scene searches, collects and preserves items including trace evidence, shoe print casts and any related items or information and ensures integrity of chain of custody.
  • Processes collected items for latent prints, documenting and preserving as needed.
  • Responsible for all phases of photography work at the crime scene and in the laboratory.
  • Compares and classifies fingerprints as needed.
  • Writes detailed reports.
  • Testifies in court.
  • Assigned to attend autopsies as needed.
  • Fingerprints and photographs police department applicants, interns, volunteers and vendors as needed.
  • May be assigned to attend available courses in crime scene processing, photography, or any related forensic training.
  • Follows established department policies and procedures.
  • The intent of this class description is to provide a representative summary of the types of duties and responsibilities that would be required of classifications given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Incumbent may be required to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this job description.


Minimum Qualifications
  • High school graduate or the equivalent
  • One (1) year experience in field (i.e. forensics, biology or other related field)
Job Based Competencies
  • Ability to learn and execute the proper procedures to properly collect, package, preserve and process all forms of evidence obtained from crime scenes.
  • Ability to acquire the knowledge of proper materials used for evidence collection techniques in the field and in the lab environment.
  • Ability to acquire the knowledge to classify and file fingerprints, and compare latent prints to rolled fingerprints.
  • Ability to acquire the knowledge of cameras and various types of photographic equipment.
  • Ability to write detailed reports on facts and findings, including drawings when needed.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to perform effectively under pressure in association with both criminal and civilian elements.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, fellow employees and the general public.
  • Ability to work overtime and/or be on-call.
  • Familiarity with general office computer software, including word processing (i.e. Microsoft Word).

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Posted: April 6, 2021

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