Employment Opportunity

Crime Scene Investigator III

Douglas County Sheriff, Omaha, Nebraska

Salary: $65,624.00 - $95,076.80 Annually

Final Filing Date: May 4, 2021

Incumbent works under the direct supervision of the CSI Field Supervisor/designee, performing all phases of crime scene and accident investigations at an advanced level. Assures procedures are performed in accordance with departmental and applicable accreditation standards. Performs the duties of the CSI Field Supervisor in their absence. Serves as a shift leader and performs various technical lead duties, as requested.

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Essential Functions:
  • Respond to requests from law enforcement to investigate crime scenes and motor vehicle accidents.
  • Locate, process, and preserve various types of evidence (e.g. latent, biological, trace and fingerprint impression) utilizing advanced technical equipment and techniques.
  • Protect evidence from any contamination.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, supervisors, County employees, elected officials, attorneys, law enforcement, judges, other agencies, and the public.
  • Comply with Civil Service policies and regulations, collective bargaining agreements, DCSO and FSB policies and procedures, County policies and laws to create a cooperative, safe, respectful, and quality work environment. Document scenes and their associated evidence utilizing handwritten notes, specialized digital photography techniques (e.g. oblique lighting, night photography, etc.) and digital video.
  • Create comprehensive sketches and computer-generated diagrams of crime/accident scenes suitable for court presentation.
  • Collect and package evidence and any associated reference samples in a manner that is safe and protects them from loss, destruction, and/or contamination.
  • Maintain proper chain of custody of all evidence.
  • Attend and document autopsies and collect physical evidence to assist in the positive identification of deceased individuals and in criminal prosecution.
  • Document and process victims, subjects, and/or suspects of violent crimes for potential physical evidence.
  • Serve as the CSI Team Leader at complex crime scenes, as needed.
  • Document and process collected evidence items at the Forensic Services Bureau (FSB).
  • Properly preserve and store all evidence items (electronic or otherwise) in the FSB and/or at the DCSO Property and Evidence Division.
  • Periodically assist with securely archiving digital images stored in the FSB.
  • Submit laboratory requests to the Latent Print Unit and/or Chemistry Unit in a timely manner.
  • Prepare and maintain all case records, reports, correspondence, etc. in the associated case file.
  • Participate in technical and administrative reviews of CSI Unit case files.
  • Appear in court when requested and testify as an expert witness in qualified areas.
  • Assist the County Attorney’s Office by creating enlarged displays of scene diagrams and other visual displays for court presentation.
  • Participate in cleaning and decontaminating the FSB facilities utilized by the CSI Unit.
  • Properly utilize personal protective equipment and keep all work areas clean and free of contamination.
  • Clean and maintain CSI Unit equipment and notify the CSI Field Supervisor (or their designee) when equipment malfunctions, is damaged, and/or is missing.
  • Participate in equipment and vehicle inspections, if assigned.
  • Provide training to members of the DCSO and other law enforcement agencies and assist in training and monitoring the work of the Crime Scene Investigator I and II.
  • Attend various training courses, seminars, and conferences to maintain job-related skills, knowledge of current trends, and developments in forensic equipment and techniques.
  • Successfully complete assigned proficiency tests and periodic re-training of advanced CSI techniques.
  • Participate in validation studies, as requested.
  • Propose/coordinate/conduct research studies designed to improve the field of forensic science and present findings to peers and the forensic community.
  • Assist the CSI Field Supervisor in conducting periodic scene assessments of CSI personnel.
  • Performs the duties and responsibilities of the CSI Field Supervisor in their absence, as needed.
  • Assist the CSI Field Supervisor with administrative tasks, as requested.
  • Serves as a shift leader and performs various duties of a technical lead.
  • Conduct selected quality control checks and documentation according to established technical procedures and conformance with the Unit Technical Manuals.
  • Participate in quality audits, as needed.
  • Assist in the investigation and remediation of technical problems.
  • Provide input and propose corrections and improvements to the Forensic Services Bureau’s quality system.
  • Conduct and assist with training sessions (e.g. citizens’ academy, schools, special interest groups, other agencies).
  • Safely operate a motor vehicle, in compliance with traffic laws and regulations when traveling on County business.
  • Report to assigned location with regular, consistent attendance.
  • Perform other duties as assigned and directed.


Education and Work Experience and Other Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Forensic Science, Chemistry, Biology, Criminal Justice, Anthropology, Geology, Entomology, or Photography required.* A Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Six (6) years experience in crime scene investigation or a forensic discipline (e.g., firearms examiner, latent print examiner, forensic anthropologist) required.
  • Must possess and maintain Crime Scene Level II certification or higher through the International Association for Identification (IAI).
  • Experience as a coach in crime scene investigation, preferred.
  • Experience as a manager, supervisor, or technical lead, preferred.
  • Proficiency in a sub-discipline within crime scene investigation, preferred.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license and own mode of transportation at the time of hire and throughout employment.
  • Completion of the CSI structured training program, associated competency tests, and supervised casework within eighteen (18) months of hire.
  • Completion of a pre-employment criminal background check, post-offer drug screen and physical assessment.
  • Equivalent work experience in the field of crime scene investigation beyond the experience requirement may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis.
Physical Requirements & Working Conditions:
  • The physical demands and work environment characteristics 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.
  • Work is performed both indoors and outdoors, in a variety of locations including investigation scenes and laboratory and autopsy facilities. When work is performed outdoors, there is full exposure to the elements. Work involves potential exposure to biohazards and infectious materials, and may include contact with human corpses in various stages of decomposition. Work requires close attention to safety considerations due to frequent exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals as items of evidence or involved in the processing of evidence, frequent exposure/handling of weapons in the process of gathering or processing evidence, and the potential for exposure to mechanical or electrical hazards. Occasionally, work may be performed in confined areas.
  • Work hours include day, evening or night hours based on assigned shift and include weekends and holidays. Staff are required to be available for call-in on a 24-hour basis and frequently work overtime and/or varying hours as needed to perform investigations or provide court testimony. The noise level is usually quiet while in the office and moderately loud and distracting when in the field. Work may be unpleasant and upsetting when dealing with evidence involving human remains, sexual assaults, child abuse or neglect and may be stressful when dealing with irate or uncooperative individuals, competing priorities and time-sensitive matters.
  • Searching and processing crime scenes requires a considerable amount of physical activity including extended periods of sitting, standing and walking; frequent bending, reaching, lifting and carrying; and occasional balancing, climbing, crawling, crouching and kneeling. Work requires the ability to frequently lift/carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds and occasionally up to 100 pounds. An incumbent must have the agility, balance and strength to maneuver over rough terrain, around various obstacles and to access investigation sites on foot. Incumbents must be able to perform necessary crime scene functions while wearing a full face respirator (gas mask).
  • Required sensory abilities include vision, hearing, and touch. Visual abilities, correctable to normal ranges, include close, distance, color and peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Communication abilities include the ability to talk and hear within normal ranges. Incumbent must possess the hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate computers and other equipment used to perform the essential functions.

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Posted: April 20, 2021

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