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Crime Scene/Evidence Specialist

Queen Creek Police Department, Queen Creek, Arizona

Salary: $45,749.40 - $64,063.20 per year

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

The primary function of an employee in this class is to, under general supervision, perform complex and highly responsible duties related to collecting, documenting, and processing crime scene evidence, receiving, processing, storing, safeguarding, and properly disposing of evidence, found property, and items held for safekeeping.

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Duties:

TYPICAL CLASS ESSENTIAL DUTIES (These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary):
  • Responds to crime scenes for technical police support;
  • Processes and investigates crime scenes to identify, record, document, and collect physical evidence, including fingerprint evidence, DNA, blood, bodily fluids, hair, fibers, and firearms;
  • Uses cameras, measurement equipment, and special physical evidence procedures to collect evidence and document crime scenes;
  • Searches for and recovers latent fingerprint evidence for personal identifications;
  • Performs presumptive chemical tests to determine the presence of blood evidence;
  • Performs proper collection, preservation, and packaging of different types of evidence;
  • Provides testimony related to the work performed in court and other legal proceedings;
  • Writes reports and completes all paperwork associated with crime scene investigations;
  • Produces print/impression evidence by casting and/or photographing to scale impressions to use potential physical evidence as investigative aids;
  • Performs function tests and test fires impounded firearms and enters the spent cartridge casings into the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network.
  • Performs duties on elevated platforms, including ladders, lifts, and roofs;
  • Performs duties in challenging conditions to include decomposing bodies, strong odors, chemical atmosphere, accelerants, arson scenes, insects, hostility, emotionally charged situations, child and animal victims.
  • Receive, log, inventory, transport, store, and release items of evidence, found property, or safekeeping items;
  • Observe and inspect submitted property & evidence to determine compliance with prescribed packaging and submission standards. Verify, tag, mark, properly package, secure, and document chain of custody utilizing electronic database systems.
  • Determines that all incoming impounded items have been properly packaged, marked, cataloged into records management system and labeled with all necessary information;
  • Review lab analysis request forms, verify information, document, track, and process requests;
  • Prepare and verify evidence for transport to the crime laboratory.
  • Verify and process returned evidence from laboratory;
  • Receive, analyze and process disposition authorizations forms for firearm releases including any required research related to the owner, case disposition, item status, etc.;
  • Receive, analyze, and process asset forfeiture disposition authorization forms; media evidence duplication requests, disposal authorization forms, and other related process requests;
  • Provide customer service and answer inquiries/complaints regarding property disposition.
  • Monitor and control the distribution of evidence and property to users in order to assure that material is used only by authorized personnel;
  • Maintain complex filing systems with a variety of subject matter in order to provide easy access to records with little direction from supervisor;
  • Perform data and bar code entry into management system;
  • Process and transport items of evidence to and from police department facilities, storage locations, laboratories, and other designated locations;
  • Prepare and destroy items of evidence, abandoned/found property as authorized;
  • Perform filing and other clerical work necessary to maintain the property room;
  • Research all abandoned, found or unclaimed property for possible owners; prepare publications, and process for appropriate disposition;
  • Performs on-call duties and responsibilities for after-hours response as needed.
  • Testify in court regarding the integrity of property storage, preservation and transportation;
  • Assist with miscellaneous administrative and customer service related duties;
  • Assist in advising Department personnel of the laws and policies of evidential property control
  • Develop curriculum, instruct, and train department personnel regarding crime scene investigation and property and evidence functions;
  • Perform appropriate inspections and audits;
  • Other duties of a similar nature or level as assigned.

Requirements:

Training and Experience (positions in this class typically require):
  • High School Diploma, G.E.D., or equivalency.
  • Two (2) years of experience as a crime scene technician (or similar job title/duties) responsible for recording, documenting, and collecting physical evidence OR any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work.
Preferred qualifications:
  • Experience as a crime scene technician (or related job title/duties), with a law enforcement agency of comparable size or larger.
  • Associate’s degree in forensic science, biology, chemistry, or criminal justice.
  • Two (2) years of experience in inventory control, property accountability, or other similar experience
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish.
Licensing Requirements (positions in this class typically require):
  • Ability to obtain and maintain Terminal Operator Certification (from the Department of Public Safety).
  • Valid Arizona Driver’s License by time of hire.
  • Certification by the International Association for Identification is highly desirable.
  • Certification by the International Association for Property and Evidence is highly desirable.
  • May be required to to obtain and maintain an Arizona Automated Fingerprint Identification System certificate.
Special Requirements
  • Must complete a thorough background investigation including a criminal history check and a polygraph examination;
  • Must complete a pre-placement/pre-employment drug/alcohol/controlled substance test.

Supplemental Information

Knowledge (position requirements at entry): Knowledge of:
  • Modern police practices and procedures;
  • Crime scene processing and evidence collection;
  • Methods of records, evidence, and property storage;
  • The principles, practices, and methods of property accounting, inventory control, and material handling;
  • Police Department policies and procedures;
  • Office management processes and procedures;
  • Customer service procedures and techniques;
  • Record keeping practices and procedures;
  • Rules, regulations, laws, policies, and procedures governing security and privacy of record information;
  • Computerized criminal justice information systems;
  • Proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation;
  • Laws, regulations, and policies regarding safe work practices;
  • Basic report and form preparation/completion.
Skills (position requirements at entry): Ability to:
  • Process crime scene evidence with accuracy and attention to detail;
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively, to recognize actual and potential dangers and to determine proper course of action;
  • Perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines;
  • Cope with stressful situations calmly, fairly, and tactfully;
  • Learn photographic techniques and methods including the use of a variety of film, digital equipment, lighting, filtration, infrared, and ultraviolet techniques;
  • Learn to use powders and chemicals to process scenes for latent fingerprints and subsequent lifting/photographing;
  • Learn standard techniques for classification, development, transfer, and chemical processing of fingerprints;
  • Learn the techniques for gathering and preserving physical evidence;
  • Learn the rules of evidence and court methods and procedures;
  • Learn the hazards and safety precautions related to crime scenes, chemicals, and equipment used in processing evidence;
  • Learn gunshot residue testing and field drug testing;
  • Respond courteously to citizen inquiries;
  • Keep and maintain complete and accurate records/filing systems for easy retrieval of information;
  • Retrieve and verify information from computerized records;
  • Conducting basic research;
  • Establish and maintaining effective working relationships with other employees, attorneys, law enforcement, and the general public;
  • Follow oral and written instructions;
  • Use judgment in performing data entry of technical information into automated systems;
  • Accurately proofread numerical and text data;
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
  • Respond appropriately to public inquiries and present a positive public image;
  • Operate computers, scanners, and other hardware;
  • Leverage software and other systems;
  • Prepare documents, spreadsheets, databases, e-mail and timesheets;
  • Perform duties and responsibilities independently;
  • Learn programs, policies, procedures, and other essential information;
  • Calculate solutions to basic mathematical problems;
  • Maintain confidentiality of information prepared, processed, accessed, or managed;
  • Comprehend and make inferences from written materials or other communications;
  • Exercise sound judgement and solve problems using deductive reasoning;
  • Produce detailed and accurate written reports;
  • Present accurate and professional testimony in court;
  • Provide thorough analysis.
Physical Requirements:
  • Positions in this class typically require: climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.
  • Very Heavy Work: Exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
  • May be exposed to hazardous physical and atmospheric conditions and materials.
  • Note: These physical requirements are meant to represent the entire classification, and all of these may not be attributed to every single body of work included in the classification.

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