Employment Opportunity

Crime Scene/Evidence Tech

Panama City Beach Police Department, Panama City Beach, Florida

Salary: $35,713.60 - $57,158.40 Annually

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

This position performs technical duties in the processing of crime scenes and in the collection, processing, and storage of evidence.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


Examples of Duties
  • Processes crime scenes; collects evidence and property; takes photographs, draws crime scene diagrams, and collects physical, trace, and latent evidence; prepares related reports.
  • Processes evidence from crime scenes, including fingerprint and DNA evidence; prepares related reports.
  • Intakes new evidence and property; enters evidence and property details into the evidence management system; packages evidence and property for storage or processing.
  • Maintains chain-of-custody and prevents the alteration, unauthorized removal, theft, or other compromise of property and evidence.
  • Testifies in court and facilitates the viewing of evidence.
  • Assists with yearly audits of the evidence room.
  • Provides training to new officers related to property and evidence procedures and crime scene processing.
  • Obtains evidentiary samples for lab analysis and submits all necessary evidence to FDLE for further analysis/identification.
  • Facilitates and completes the destruction/disposal of evidence/property in compliance with state statutes and agency policy.
  • Identifies and notifies the owners of property in agency custody and facilitates property returns.
  • Responds to after-hours calls as required.
  • Performs related duties.


Typical Qualifications
  • Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with the completion of specialized training in the field of work, in addition to basic skills typically associated with a high school education.
  • Sufficient experience to understand the basic principles relevant to the major duties of the position, usually associated with the completion of an apprenticeship/internship or having had a similar position for one to two years.
  • Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license issued by the State of Florida for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws.
  • Knowledge of the criminal justice system.
  • Knowledge of forensic science and of crime scene processing and evidence collection methods.
  • Knowledge of evidence collection, retention, and disposal requirements.
  • Knowledge of computers and job-related software programs.
  • Skill in planning, organizing, analyzing, decision making, and problem solving.
  • Skill in the use of cameras and other tools used in the collection of evidence.
  • Skill in interpersonal relations.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • The Police Captain assigns work in terms of general instructions. The supervisor spot-checks completed work for compliance with procedures, accuracy, and the nature and propriety of the final results.
  • Guidelines include department policies and procedures, federal and state laws, court rules, and city policies and procedures. These guidelines are generally clear and specific but may require some interpretation in application.
  • The work consists of related technical duties. The unique nature of each crime scene contributes to the complexity of the work.
  • The purpose of this position is to process crime scenes and to collect and process evidence. Successful performance helps ensure the efficient and effective enforcement of laws and the successful arrest and prosecution of perpetrators.
  • Contacts are typically with department personnel, other city employees, laboratory technicians, attorneys, medical examiner investigators, and members of the general public.
  • Contacts are typically to give or exchange information, resolve problems, and provide services.
  • The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table or while standing, walking, bending, crouching, or stooping. The employee frequently lifts light and heavy objects, climbs ladders, uses tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity, distinguishes between shades of color, and utilizes the sense of smell.
  • The work is typically performed in an office, stockroom, and outdoors, occasionally in inclement weather. The employee may be exposed to dust, dirt, grease, machinery with moving parts, and contagious or infectious diseases. Work requires the use of protective devices such as masks, goggles, gloves, etc.
  • None.

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Posted: September 2, 2021

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