Employment Opportunity

Forensic Evidence Technician

El Cajon Police Department, El Cajon, California

Salary: $29.51 - $35.96 Hourly

Final Filing Date: October 25, 2021

The City of El Cajon is currently searching for a Forensic Evidence Technician to provide forensic services and support to the El Cajon Police Department. In this role, the individual will write official reports, photograph, document, and collect evidence at crime scenes, process evidence for Latent Prints, and provide expert courtroom testimony. The ideal candidate will display professionalism, be a problem solver, and have a great attention for detail.

Under general supervision, to identify, collect, preserve transport, and evaluate evidence relevant to police investigations; to perform varied technical work in the areas of fingerprint identification, photography, collection of sexual assault evidence and other crime scene materials; to serve as a resource person in the evidence technology field; and to perform related work as required.

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Representative Duties
  • Conducts examinations and crime scene investigations including the recording, documenting and collection of physical and trace evidence;
  • Photographs crime scenes and evidence using black and white and color film;
  • Prints, develops and may use specialized photographic techniques such as macro, micro and ultra-violet photography using various types of photographic equipment;
  • Collects and classifies fingerprints using recognized classification systems including computerized CAL-ID system;
  • Dusts and lifts latent prints and fingerprints;
  • Develops latent fingerprints using laser and chemical enhancements;
  • Restores obliterated serial numbers;
  • Prepares evidence for court and testifies as necessary;
  • Prepares various types of evidence for analysis;
  • May train officers in evidence-gathering techniques;
  • Photographs and processes victims and suspects of crimes for evidence;
  • Photographs live line-up of suspects;
  • Prepares reports, evidence lists and property tags for collected evidence;
  • Receives and transports property in coordination with the property room;
  • Attends autopsies of victims and/or suspects for the purpose of photographing, collecting and preserving evidence;
  • May train and lead the work of part-time and temporary laboratory personnel.
Contacts and Relationships
  • The employee interacts extensively with other Crime Laboratory personnel, various divisions of the Police Department, victims, suspects and other individuals connected with gathering evidence at crime scenes or at the laboratory. There is some work with other City departments, agencies and forensic laboratories, and contact with the legal system when in court offering testimony.
  • Employee is accountable for performing thorough laboratory and crime scene investigations and tests. The employee is expected to follow procedures established by the City, the State and Federal governments and any other legal statutes that may apply.
Working Conditions:
  • The employee may be exposed to victims and suspects of crimes, chemicals or may work unhealthy crime scenes which may result in a health hazard situation.
  • The employee is required to be on call for crime scene investigations after normal working hours and works independently on assigned cases.
Physical Condition:
  • Shall possess the physical, mental and emotional ability to perform the essential duties of the position without the threat of hazard to self or others.
  • While performing the duties of the job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear; use hands to finger, handle, or operate objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl or smell.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move more than 25 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


  • Completion of two years of study at a recognized college or university with a major or significant course work in evidence technology, criminalistics or a closely related field. An internship in a forensic laboratory is desirable.
  • At least six months experience in evidence technology or criminalistics or a closely related field.
Special Requirements:
  • Possession of or ability to obtain, prior to employment, a valid Class C California driver's license with a safe driving record.
  • Ability to perform thorough examinations of physical evidence;
  • Ability to critically analyze what items and areas of crime scenes should be examined for latent prints;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with others;
  • Ability to remain apprised of current developments in the field of evidence technology;
  • Ability to determine appropriate analytical tests for the evaluation of evidence;
  • Considerable knowledge of techniques and procedures utilized in the identification and preservation of evidence;
  • Working knowledge of various photographic techniques, equipment, materials and development methods;
  • Knowledge of commonly used fingerprint classification systems;
  • Working knowledge of investigative procedures used by the Police Department;
  • Working knowledge to offer testimony as an expert witness regarding evidentiary materials and findings;
  • Working knowledge of the criminal justice system;
  • Working knowledge of laboratory equipment and maintenance techniques;
  • Working knowledge of regulations pertaining to the collection, retention and disposition of evidence.

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Posted: October 5, 2021

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