Employment Opportunity

Forensic Specialist I

Lubbock Police Department, Lubbock, Texas

Salary: $45,052.80 Annually

Final Filing Date: October 1, 2021

Provide forensic services and support to the Lubbock Police Department and outside agencies; write official reports, photograph, measure and diagram crime scenes; collect and process evidence; provide expert courtroom testimony; review criminal cases, perform related duties as needed or required.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


Essential Functions
  • Responds to crime scenes: photographs, collects, processes and stores evidence;
  • Photograph persons, injuries, property, vehicles and latent fingerprints;
  • Fingerprint individuals as needed;
  • Mix chemicals for laboratory and crime scene use, as needed;
  • Operates Lubbock Police Department computers, which includes Microsoft Office;
  • Measure, sketch and /or diagram crime scenes;
  • Able to develop latent fingerprint impressions;
  • Ability to analyze and review unsolved cases to determine if current investigative techniques or procedures may be applied to evidence;
  • Able to work under stress and use good judgment in emergency situations;
  • Able to visually compare minute details during day and night time lighting;
  • Deal with the general public courteously, firmly, and tactfully;
  • Compare latent fingerprints to known inked or digitally captured fingerprints; make identifications and testify in court to the identification; trace fingerprints;
  • Assist in training other personnel;
  • Operates a variety of tools and equipment including alternate light source, camera and flash, super glue chamber, fingerprint magnifier, fingerprint processing equipment, fume hood and Integrated Biometric Workstation (AFIS, NGI, etc.);
  • Independently perform a full range of police evidence investigative activities;
  • Establish, maintain and foster positive working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Forensic Science, Criminology or applicable field and related experience is required. A Master’s Degree in Forensic Science, Criminology or applicable field is preferred. A candidate with a preferred Master’s Degree may substitute their degree for the two years of work experience in crime scene investigations or a related field.
Work Experience:
  • Forensic Specialist I requires a two year probationary period including work experience in crime scene investigations or a related field. Must complete the time and experience requirement as well as pass a crime scene competency exam before a Forensic Specialist I can move up to a Forensic Specialist II. Must pass the Forensic Specialist I competency exam within 12 months of completing the work experience requirements.
  • Valid Driver’s License and a good driving record
  • Physical Exam Required
  • Must be able to pass extensive background check
  • This position is subject to twenty four (24) hour callout, variable hours and able to work nights, weekends, and holidays.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:
  • Law enforcement procedures, methods and techniques;
  • Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations;
  • Basic principles of chemistry and biology;
  • Basic photography skills, including the ability to work with digital photography software
  • Basic knowledge of firearms and proper safety/handling procedures;
  • Effective verbal and written communications skills necessary to prepare; accurate and grammatically correct reports in the English language;
  • Filing and general office related procedures.
Ability to:
  • Respond to crime scenes in a reasonable time in off duty call out situations
  • Analyze problems and make sound recommendations;
  • Speak and write effectively;
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with administrators, employees, and the public;
  • Communicate effectively with others.
Physical Requirements
  • Frequently lift and carry up to 10 pounds;
  • Occasionally lift and carry up to 50 pounds;
  • Occasionally climb stairs and other inclined surfaces;
  • Occasionally bend and kneel during the shift;
  • Occasionally climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl;
  • Frequently stand and walk;
  • Frequency handle objects of varying weight, size and shapes is essential;
  • Frequently push and pull objects;
  • Frequently rotate upper trunk to the left or right while sitting or standing;
  • Frequently reach above, at or below shoulder height;
  • Frequently kneel, crouch, stop, squat, crawl and/or twist.

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Posted: September 14, 2021

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