Employment Opportunity

Forensics Technician

Portsmouth Police Department, Portsmouth, Virginia

Salary: $31,411.00 - $46,222.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: May 30, 2021

Under general supervision, this position is responsible for the collection and identification of evidence associated with civil and criminal cases, and internal investigations. Reports to a Police Sergeant.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Identifies, collects, preserves, documents, and processes physical evidence independently from complex crime scenes, and victims and suspects; collects latent fingerprints; photographs and sketches crime scenes; maintains chain of evidence; processes and maintains digital images; transports evidence to and from state crime lab; and coordinates with detectives and all appropriate laboratories.
  • Documents crime scenes using sketching and measurements, photography and videotaping; transports all departmental evidence collected; works on a variety of projects within the department; recovers fingerprints and processes latent fingerprints on various surfaces; obtains fingerprint impressions and interprets fingerprint patterns; properly disposes and labels biohazard materials; maintains and properly cleans cabinets; handles wet and soiled items collected by technicians and officers; handles and processes firearms under specific safety conditions.
  • Processes evidence in the field and laboratory; attends autopsies; interprets laboratory analysis reports and forensic findings, prepares detailed reports for inclusion in formal case files; serves as a technical witness; works with Detectives and Patrol Officers, the Commonwealth Attorney's office and other agencies to develop and prepare cases; prepares and presents expert testimony, and defends court testimony.
  • Maintains inventory of supplies for photo and fingerprint labs; mixes chemicals for latent fingerprint and photo lab use; handles chemical in accordance to the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) set forth by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Education, Experience & Special Requirements
  • Requires a Bachelor's Degree in Criminology, Forensic Science, Biology or a related field, and 2-3 years of experience in crime scene investigations to include fingerprinting and photography; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Requires a comprehensive background investigation to include a local, state and federal criminal history check and a sex offender registry check.
  • Individuals in this position cannot be listed as having a founded child abuse or neglect complaint.
  • Requires satisfactory results from a medical, psychological evaluation and pre-employment substance abuse testing and is subject to random alcohol and controlled substance testing.
  • A valid driver's license with an acceptable driving record.
  • Required to work holidays, nights, and weekends, and on a rotational call-in basis.

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Posted: May 4, 2021

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