Employment Opportunity

CSI Lab Tech

Riley County Police Department, Manhattan, Kansas

Salary: $45,674.78 To 49,401.84 Annually

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

Under the supervision of the Investigations Lieutenant or Sergeant, the incumbent is responsible for the daily operation of the Department’s evidence lab and performs a variety of complex technical duties including, identifying, collecting, preserving, and processing physical evidence at crime scenes and in the laboratory. Typical duties include responding to major crime scenes, collection and analysis of physical evidence; preserving and documenting crime scenes and evidence through photography, measuring and scale drawings, processing evidence in the Department’s lab, preparing detailed written reports, and maintaining, and ensuring the response readiness of various evidence kits, crime scene vehicles, equipment and evidence processing areas. Incumbent is required to respond to duty as needed on a 24 hours basis. Work requires the exercise of initiative and independent judgment in implementing established work methods and procedures. Personal conduct and behavior (on-duty as well as off-duty) must be such that it does not bring disrepute or unnecessarily endanger the public’s trust or confidence in the agency or its members.

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Important and Essential Duties - The duties listed are typical examples of the work, they are neither restricted to nor all-encompassing of the duties to be performed under this job title. RCPD retains the right to modify or change the essential and additional functions of the job at any time.
  • Performs technical tasks in the collection and preservation of evidence at a crime scene to locate, process, and collect physical evidence such as drugs, paraphernalia, latent fingerprints, tool marks, shoe and tire impressions, blood samples, trace evidence, bullet trajectory, enhancement chemicals, arson evidence, and plaster casts, using specialized equipment or techniques; process evidence in in-house lab.
  • Preserve and package physical evidence found at the various types of scenes for subsequent laboratory analysis and presentation in court ensuring proper procedures are followed.
  • Adhere to strict precautionary guidelines in order to preserve evidence, as well as the safety and health of the handler and others who may come in contact.
  • Process evidence in the laboratory using manual and chemical processes to develop latent fingerprint impressions, trace, DNA evidence, and serial number restoration.
  • Establish and maintain effective and professional working relationships with fellow employees, officials, courts, the staff of other agencies, and labs, and the public.
  • Prepare various concise and technical reports to aid investigators and prosecutors.
  • Prepare written reports of observations, findings, and results pertaining to the documentation of crime scenes.
  • Be knowledgeable and proficient in the use of various types of complex photographic equipment.
  • Remain educated in the latest techniques of evidence enhancement or collection and maintain documented education and skills; understand, interpret, and explain laws, regulations, and policies regarding the gathering and preserving of evidence; train officers in crime scene processing and evidence collection.
  • Provide expert courtroom testimony in areas of crime scene investigations and reconstruction and prepare exhibits for courtroom presentation as needed.
  • Observe, photograph, and collect evidence at autopsies, as needed.
  • Maintain strict accountability of individually assigned equipment and Department property.
  • Operate department assigned vehicle safely and effectively in accordance with applicable laws, policies, and procedures.
  • Possess and maintain the physical ability necessary to perform the essential duties and task of the position.
  • Maintain an acceptable level of availability for work which includes rotating shift assignment including evenings, weekends, and/or holidays and adapt to irregular working conditions.
Other/Marginal Duties
  • Complete assigned and self-initiated workloads in a punctual and professional manner.
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as needed or assigned.

Job Qualifications/Requirements The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Special Requirements
  • Must be able to pass all pre-employment requirements to include, but not limited to; physical screening, psychological examination, drug test, CVSA, and extensive background check.
General Requirements
  • US Citizen
  • 18 years of age or older
  • High School Diploma or G.E.D.
  • Live within a thirty mile radius of the Riley County Police Department
  • Must have attended or be able to attend a basic crime scene processing school(s) (Such as FBI or IAI certified) within the first year of employment as the CSI Lab Technician.
  • Willingness to commit to ongoing training to constantly increase knowledge and abilities related to crime scene investigations.
License or Certification
  • Valid Kansas Driver’s License
  • CSI I, II, or III from International Association of Identification or similar accredited certification agency and Fingerprint Examiner certifications (meeting FBI and IAI qualifications) are preferred.
  • Essential Knowledge/Skills/Abilities - Some assignment may require additional skills and abilities not listed here.
  • Ability and willingness to adhere to moral and ethical principles and to possess sound moral character and honesty.
  • Demonstrate the character quality of being loyal and the willingness to be faithful to commitments or obligations.
  • Ability to work in a cooperative or coordinated effort whether as part of a group or persons acting together as a team or in the interest of a common cause.
  • Ability to take the lead or introductory step in activities, responsibilities or decisions.
  • Ability to intellectually identify with or vicariously experience the feelings, thoughts or attitudes of others.
  • Ability to be one who can be relied upon and to be dependable in achievement, accuracy and honesty.
  • Ability to analyze situations quickly and to determine proper course of action to be taken with due regard to surrounding hazards and circumstances.
  • Ability to judge, make a decision or form an opinion objectively, authoritatively and wisely especially in matters affecting action, good sense and discretion.
  • Ability to exhibit a standing practice of professional character, spirit or methods that distinguish one from an amateur.
  • Ability to operate a department vehicle safely and effectively in accordance with applicable laws, policies, and procedures, operate and maintain all assigned equipment in the Department vehicle.
  • Ability to resolve conflict through awareness of self-emotions, the emotions of others, and the employment of appropriate conflict resolution strategies.
  • Ability to process the crime scene within recognized standards and legal expectations.
  • Ability to properly and thoroughly identify, collect, and preserve available evidence.
  • Ability to construct a narrative, photo logs, and scene diagrams for a crime scene investigation in order to fully document the incident and facilitate successful prosecution.
  • Ability to learn and understand cell phone and hand held device forensics.
  • Ability and willingness to learn and become proficient with new technology related to crime scene investigation.
  • Ability to set the example for others, positively influence others at work and in the community, take the initiative to address issues inside and outside the Department without the need for direct supervision, direct self toward accomplishment of the Department's mission, and make sound decisions in both stress and non-stress situations.
  • Ability to properly use the many pieces of equipment to document, preserve or analyze evidence or other crime scene information.
  • Ability to recognize most crime scenes as problems to be solved. In so doing the CSI should be able to employ some form of problem-solving process, whether formal or informal, that includes analyzing the problem and assessing the solution, recognize that problem solving is cyclical rather than linear, prioritize problems according to their immediacy and their impact upon the Department's mission, recognize that cooperation and collaboration are necessary for most long-term solutions, recognize when additional learning or outside resources are necessary to solve a problem, modify or discard solutions that are not effective, learn from problem-solving failures and apply the knowledge to future problems.
  • Ability to identify scene safety issues during initial response and throughout the processing of the scene.
  • Ability to relay all necessary information to dispatchers and other police personnel in stress and non-stress situations, participate in two-way communication, effectively express thoughts and ideas to others in both verbal and written form, follow policy, procedures, or contract for communicating with fellow employees and supervisors, conduct courtroom testimony in a well-prepared, clear, concise, and complete manner, and communicate with the public at most levels.
  • Ability to reject gratuities that are excessive, for personal gain, or could compromise professional integrity, balance individual rights with the mission to reduce crime, make truthful statements, report all violations by fellow employees of a criminal nature, as well as those dealing with use of force, workplace harassment, and biased based policing, and maintain legal and ethical standards both on and off duty.
  • Ability to accurately assess strengths and weaknesses, be aware of and address appropriately own biases and “triggers”; understand how self is seen by others, perform necessary duties in a professional manner during high stress and emotional situations, interact with the most difficult aspects of crime scene investigation such as long hours, high workload volume, and negative public perception, maintain a level of physical fitness and personal health necessary, cope with stress, and discuss job stresses.
  • Ability to properly and appropriately utilize the department’s computer system, to include email, electronic documents, spreadsheets, and technical software, and work with various types of computer hardware and other computer related equipment.
  • Ability to type 16 words per minute.
  • Knowledge of general computer software programs (Word and Excel) and other police department related software.
  • Ability to safely operate department vehicle during day or night.
  • Ability to work in all types of weather, including adverse conditions and environments
  • Ability to accurately carry out written and verbal instructions.
  • Ability to coordinate hands and eyes in using automated office equipment, and law enforcement equipment and to operate motor vehicles.
  • Ability to maintain composure and operation efficiency under high stress situations.
  • Ability to maintain composure when exposed to physically and visually unpleasant crime scenes for long periods of time.
Work Conditions/Environment
  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Environmental Factors
  • Duties are performed indoors/outdoors and may include exposure to inclement weather.
  • Occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, and vibration. The work environment is usually moderate.
  • Moderate exposure to fumes, dust and odors.
  • Moderate to high exposure to infectious disease or bodily fluids.
Physical Demands of Essential Job Functions
  • The physical demands are consistent with office environment, storage facility, crime scene, the use and operations of specialized CSI truck, and crime lab.
  • Constant sit; occasional walk; frequent stand; frequent hand coordination; frequent neck flexion, frequent bend, occasional reach, forward; occasional maximum lift of 30lbs form floor to waist; occasional balance, occasional foot coordination; occasional crouch/kneel; occasional climb to 24 inches, occasional push/pull horizontal of 20lbs; occasional maximum lift of 25lbs from floor to waist; occasional maximum lift of 30lbs from floor to shoulder; occasional maximum lift of 20lbs from floor to overhead; occasional maximum carry of 30lbs 100 feet.
  • PDC Level: Medium
Machines, Tools and Equipment
  • Vehicle, digital camera, telephone, copier, computer and associated hardware/software, radios, specialized equipment including: fuming hood, CSI kit, lights, scene marking kit, static kit, arson kit, plaster kit, microscope, shovels, rakes, metal detectors, pitch forks, and vacuums.
  • Gloves, masks, eyewear, clothing protection, as needed.
  • Phone and handheld computer device downloading equipment.

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Posted: October 22, 2021

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