Employment Opportunity

Crime Scene/ Property Room Technician

Cleburne Police Department, Cleburne, Texas

Salary: $19.52 - $27.59 an hour

Final Filing Date: Open Until Filled

This is a non-supervisory position in a non-sworn capacity. Responsible for independent crime scene investigation, which involves analyzing and interpreting crime scene information in order to coordinate successful investigative outcomes; collects, packs, transports, and documents physical evidence found at a crime scene. Personnel assigned will take responsibility that all property and evidence submitted to or stored in the Cleburne Police Department property room is handled and documented properly.

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  • Responds to crime scenes, gathers and processes physical evidence, photographs and sketches crime scene, directs other personnel at the scene, communicates extensively with uniformed and investigative officers to determine nature and extent of crime and shares information with investigators; Assures that evidence is collected and stored legally and safely
  • Writes comprehensive and technically correct reports regarding the processes used, evidence discovered and importance of the evidence to the investigation
  • Examines, classifies and files latent fingerprints by performing a variety of laboratory tests, analyses, classifications and comparisons of all types of physical evidence from crime scenes with emphasis on and expertise in the collection and comparison of latent fingerprints
  • Maintains online investigative databases such as AFIX, an automated fingerprint database
  • Preserves, packages and transports physical evidence from the scene to the evidence room; from the evidence room to a lab for further analysis and to court for introduction at criminal trials
  • Receives incoming property and evidence by picking up property from lockers; moving property to the central property area; logging property in; and placing property in appropriate bins
  • Documents evidence through written reports and maintains computer files
  • Effectively communicates the presence of evidence to investigators assigned to a criminal case
  • Provides court testimony regarding the analysis and examination of physical evidence
  • Researches forensic science field for current materials regarding new techniques in locating, collecting and preserving all types of physical evidence
  • Develops and maintains manuals and training aids regarding evidence collection procedures and provide training on these issues for all officers in the department
  • Maintains forensic field and laboratory supplies for the department
  • Completes clerical duties by entering data into the computer; preparing, logging and submitting court orders for legal signatures; and preparing, copying and submitting documents for cases requiring an appearance in court
  • Prepares seized, stolen, abandoned and surplus property for auction
  • Coordinates with City rotation wrecker companies to conduct abandoned vehicle auctions which includes notifications, public notices, completing necessary paperwork, collecting monies and making deposits
  • Conducts annual application process for rotation wrecker companies, prepares the Certificates of Public Convenience & Necessity and collects and deposits all fees applicable for the certification
  • Conducts research and destruction duties by obtaining county dispositions from various entities; preparing a court order for disposal; submitting that order for signature; pulling the property from shelving; and either destroying the property or preparing it for auction
  • Assists with the auction by preparing property for sale
  • Subject to afterhours call out for emergency situations; May be required to work days, evenings, nights, weekends and holidays
  • Must arrive at work on time and must maintain a regular and reliable level of attendance


  • Applicant should have strong organizational skills
  • Ability to effectively testify as a subject matter expert in court
  • Ability to prepare analytical reports for publication in court
  • Ability to work as a team member with co-workers
  • Ability to engage in complex problem solving
  • Ability to engage in analytical thinking
  • Ability to complete required training post-employment for finger print comparison, crime scene reconstruction, forensic photography
  • A crime scene investigator must be detail oriented and thorough
  • Willing to attend autopsies and respond to crime scenes including murders and other violent crime
  • Must understand the scientific method
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Criminalistics or related field with directly related experience in warehouse or inventory control, preferably in a police setting;
  • Coursework in Photography, Criminalistics, and Physical Science Biology/Biochemistry, Chemistry, or Forensic Science is highly desirable;
  • OR
  • Any combination of education and experience will be considered that equates to the above outlined requirements.
  • International Association for Identification (IAI) Crime Scene Certification is also desirable
  • Ability to pass a Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) background investigation
  • Will be required to obtain National Crime Information Center and Texas Crime Information Center certifications within six (6) months of employment
  • A Valid Class C Texas motor vehicle driver license and the ability to maintain a satisfactory driving record

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Posted: October 19, 2021

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