Employment Opportunity

Lead Crime Scene Investigator

Denton Police Department, Denton, Texas

Salary: $24.99 - $33.23 Hourly

Final Filing Date: October 25, 2021

Responsible for the supervision of personnel within and the day-to-day management of the Crime Scene Unit to ensure the implementation of methods and procedures that provide accurate and reliable examination results and provides technical and administrative review of scientific reports. Position allocates work, provides advice, guidance, training and quality assurance and policy compliance of subordinate investigators.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


Essential Functions:
  • Assigns duties and evaluates performance of unit employees including personnel performance improvement plans and corrective actions, court testimony evaluations, and staff feedback.
  • Receives, prepares and transmits communications, instructions, and policies.
  • Ensures compliance with departmental policies and procedures.
  • Responds and leads employees on serious crime scenes.
  • Provides training and guidance to unit employees; shares forensic expertise with staff; conducts training and information sharing with other agencies and outside groups
  • Provides quality control assurance in crime scene and laboratory work.
  • Locates, documents, collects, and preserves physical and digital evidence at crime scenes and in the laboratory.
  • Reconstructs crime scenes by using available physical evidence to determine actions and activities of suspect(s) and victim(s) through accepted forensic disciplines and scientific practices.
  • Performs analytical examinations on physical and digital evidence collected and forms conclusions and opinions relating to the actions of the subject(s).
  • Evaluates and compares unidentified fingerprints to “known” fingerprints via Automated Fingerprint database comparison or directly obtained from subject(s).
  • Prepares reports and visual presentations of findings, investigative methods, techniques, and procedures. Prepares investigative and other reports, including sketches, using appropriate grammar, symbols, and mathematical computations. Prepares results to educate and inform Detectives, Prosecutors, Judges and Juries.
  • Testifies as an expert witness in criminal and administrative proceedings.
  • Maintains area specific certifications and attends regular training to maintain currency in area of expertise.
  • Operates city vehicle within policy guidelines.
  • Maintains regular and punctual on-site attendance
Additional Duties:
  • Performs other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications / Acceptable Equivalency:
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in forensic science, chemistry, biology, physics, or related field.
  • Four years of experience in a law enforcement position that requires collection or testing of forensic evidence, including one year of lead or supervisory experience.
  • OR
  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in forensic science, chemistry, biology, physics, or related field.
  • Two years of experience in a law enforcement position that required collection or testing of forensic evidence, including one year of lead or supervisory experience.
  • OR
  • Any combination of related education, experience, certifications and licenses that will result in a candidate successfully performing the essential functions of the job
Core Competencies:
  • Knowledge of principles, processes, and methodologies used in forensic science including scene processing, digital imaging/photography, latent print enhancement and examination, forensic chemistry and biology, scene reconstruction, and evidence management.
  • Knowledge of criminal offenses, legal codes and criminal justice systems.
  • Knowledge of laws of evidence, search and seizure, and court proceedings related to the presentation and management of evidence.
  • Knowledge of principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of data storage and recovery, digital forensic acquisition and analysis.
  • Knowledge of principles, processes, and methodologies of developing and maintaining technical quality assurance and control systems.
  • Skills to communicate effectively orally in writing in formal and informal settings.
  • Skills to use a variety of modern office and forensic laboratory technology, equipment, tools, software, and databases.
  • Skills to identify, collect, and examine physical and digital evidence using appropriate analytical techniques and methods.
  • Ability to plan, organize, supervise, and audit the activities of a technical scientific work unit.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all internal and external agency customers and personnel.
  • Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify best practice approaches to investigative processes.
  • Ability to detect and collect evidence and substances related to criminal offenses, often in dangerous conditions.
  • Ability to read and comprehend legal and nonlegal documents, including the preparation and processing of such documents as citations, affidavits, and warrants.
  • Must be able to render credible testimony in judicial and administrative proceedings.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to form and maintain effective relationships with coworkers and customers
  • Ability to perform all job duties in a manner that is consistent with the City of Denton’s mission to be a leader among cities in delivering outstanding quality services and products through citizen involvement, innovation and efficient use of resources.
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English
  • International Association for Identification (IAI) Certified Latent Print Examiner
  • Crime Scene Certified – IAI (Certified Crime Scene Investigator, Certified Crime Scene Analyst, or Senior Crime Scene Analyst) or UT LEIC/NFA (Certified Crime Scene Investigator or Certified Senior Crime Scene Investigator)
Conditions of Employment:
  • Must have and maintain a valid Class “C” Driver’s License and valid state required minimum automobile liability insurance prior to employment (must obtain Texas Class “C” driver’s license and state required minimum automobile liability insurance within 90 days of hire per state law)
  • Must pass a drug test, driver’s license check, criminal history background check, and social security number verification check
  • Must meet the Civilian Hiring Standards of the Denton Police Department
  • A personal history statement must be submitted with each application
  • Must be able to work overtime when requested
  • May be required to work in extreme weather conditions for extended periods of time
  • Must be able to work any shift

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Posted: October 12, 2021

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