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Crime Scene Specialist

Goldsboro Police Department, Goldsboro, North Carolina

Salary: $36,671.93 - $57,941.65 Annually

Final Filing Date: June 23, 2021

Performs work related to crime scene processing and evidence/property management. This non-sworn position is responsible for the identification, documentation, collection, processing, and classification of evidence from crime scenes which may lead to the arrest and conviction of responsible parties. Work involves processing of crime scenes for evidence according to guidelines; securing, storing, and transporting evidence and property to/from crime scenes, to/from Crime Labs, to/from court as needed; maintaining the chain of custody of evidence to ensure integrity when introduced in court; and disposing of evidence and property as determined by department policy. The position also includes evidence room management and all related duties such as, but not limited to, receiving property, processing, storage, and disposal. Personnel in this position are subject to on-call scheduling on a regular basis.

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Essential Duties and Tasks
  • Responds to crime scenes or situations under investigation where there may be considerable risk involved to search for, collect, photograph, and preserve evidence.
  • Documents crime scenes through the use of detailed notes, photographs, and sketches in such a way that a detailed narrative/technical report can be completed.
  • Develops, photographs, and lifts latent fingerprints found at crime scenes using the most appropriate technique and equipment.
  • Identifies, photographs, and collects biological evidence found at crime scenes using the most appropriate technique and equipment.
  • Recovers, unloads, and packages firearms, ensures adherence to standard safety procedures, and performs gunshot residue swabbings/bucal swabbings.
  • Researches and runs traces on firearms and criminal histories on subjects.
  • Maintains control over physical evidence gathered; records and stores evidence in department; processes evidence for evidentiary purposes and identification information; and transports evidence to and from the North Carolina State Crime Lab and other designated labs.
  • Prepares a variety of records, logs, and case file reports including supplemental reports.
  • Communicates in person, by telephone, or by mail with other law enforcement agencies, government officials, and the public to gather information regarding property and evidence.
  • Maintains assigned uniform, vehicle, and equipment in accordance with department policy and procedures.
  • Responds to subpoenas; testifies in court regarding evidence collected at crime scenes, the condition of crime scenes, and the methodology employed in the collection and testing of evidence.
  • Maintains a variety of records, logs, and files related to property and evidence, fingerprints, and inputs appropriate data into computer software.
  • Maintains clean and orderly property/evidence storage facilities.
  • Checks case reports for authorization to dispose of evidence and property; assists in the disposal of evidence and unclaimed property through various disposal processes or auctions.
  • Maintains accurate manual and automated inventory systems and records of all property and evidence; properly marks, tags, and packages evidence and property as required.
  • Provides technical support and training dealing with crime scene processing and evidence/property packaging for all divisions within the Police Department.
  • Stays abreast of local, state and federal laws involving property-evidence handling and recommends appropriate changes.
  • Works in conjunction with other Crime Scene Specialists, investigators, and other sworn members in regards to crime scene and evidentiary matters, and maintains confidentiality of investigations and information concerning incidents, suspects, defendants, etc.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned and required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of crime scene/evidence processing and documentation techniques.
  • Knowledge of law enforcement activities and the organization of a Police Department.
  • Knowledge of departmental policies and procedures as applied to the collection and preservation of evidence and property and evidence storage.
  • Knowledge of applicable City, State and federal laws and Statutes covering evidence and property, including the disposition of such evidence and property.
  • Knowledge of court proceedings and the N.C. Rule of Evidence.
  • Effectively communicating findings and conclusions to case officer and/or court officials.
  • Intermediate knowledge in Adobe, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.
  • Effectively presenting testimony on crime scene investigation, processing, evidence collection, preservation, and its relevance to the case.
  • Skills with organization in order to adhere to time schedules, deadlines.
  • Ability to follow proper procedures to preserve and maintain custody of evidence and to maintain accurate records.
  • Ability to use computers and other office equipment.
  • Ability to use and maintain technical equipment, chemicals and tools.
  • Ability to work independently and establish work or project priorities.
  • Ability to use a two-way radio or other methods of communication devices.
  • Ability to handle highly confidential and sensitive information with discretion and good judgment.
  • Ability to maintain a very high level of personal integrity and exercise good judgment.
  • Ability to handle numerous inquiries or requests simultaneously.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in written form.
  • Ability to prepare clear and concise reports.
  • Ability to work extended hours when required.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work to include, but not limited to coworkers, supervisors, and other public officials.


  • 18 years of age.
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • One (1) year of experience in crime scene/evidence technician work in a law enforcement agency, and/or training related to the duties listed above.
  • Job-related specialized training in crime scene/evidence collection and/or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
  • Possess and maintain a valid North Carolina Driver’s License.
  • Must successfully pass a physical exam and drug screen.
  • Must successfully pass a Police Department background investigation.
  • Must become certified in DCI/NCIC and AOC applications within established time frame.
  • Must be willing to attend training in Crime Scene Investigation, Crime Scene Processing, and Property/Evidence Management.
  • Possess or the ability to obtain the International Association for Identification Crime Scene Certification.
  • Obtain/maintain membership in the North Carolina Division of the International Association for Identification (NCIAI) and the International Association for Property and Evidence (IAPE) or the North Carolina Association of Property and Evidence (NCAPE).

Physical Requirements/Special Requirements

  • The work is medium work which requires exerting up to 74 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.
  • The work may require specific physical characteristic and abilities such as heightened strength, mobility, dexterity and full range of motion.
  • Work duties require the ability to stand or walk on a variety of surfaces for frequent and prolonged periods of time.
  • The following additional physical abilities are also required: manual dexterity, hearing, mental acuity, reaching, repetitive motion, speaking, talking, visual acuity and walking.
  • The work is generally performed in inside and outside environmental weather conditions and exposed to various hazards including atmospheric conditions, noise, vibration, physical conditions, vehicle and/or chemical fumes, chemicals such as cleaning solvents, chemicals for fingerprint analysis, dust, smoke, other job related materials, and biological hazards, as well as water and moisture.
  • Employee is subject to Level III OSHA Standards on blood borne pathogens. Use of safe work practices with equipment, avoidance of trips and falls, observance of fire regulations and traffic signals are required.
  • Must be willing to perform all duties in other less-than-desirable conditions, such as decomposing and/or mutilated bodies; strong and unpleasant odors, insects, hostility, emotionally-charged situations, child and animal victims; work with, around, and in smoke and fire; bio-hazards and chemical environments, hazardous materials, etc.
  • The work environment involves high risks with exposure to potentially dangerous situations or unusual environmental risks which require a range of safety and other precautions.
  • Employees will be required to wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks, coats, boots, goggles, gloves, or shield.

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