Employment Opportunity

Forensic Crime Lab Technician

South Bend Police Department, South Bend, Indiana

Salary: $40,000 - $48,000 per year

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

This is a dual position as a Forensic Crime Lab Technician and Crime Scene Technician.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES - This list represents the types of duties required by the position. Other duties may be assigned as reasonably expected.
  • All forms of latent fingerprint development and research of development techniques. Prepare and maintain chemicals for such development and research alternative chemical methods available.
  • Collect DNA from evidence when required and properly preserve in laboratory freezers
  • Perform preliminary examination on all other forms of evidence. Determine subsequent analysis or examination needed and collect additional evidence there from as needed.
  • Compose chemicals for latent fingerprint development or other forensic applications. Maintain an inventory of chemicals needed.
  • Utilize the digital imaging workstation including digital photography, scanner, and Adobe Photoshop to enhance, save on disk and print latent prints.
  • Testify in State and Federal court to forensic analysis and chain of evidence custody as needed.
  • Process evidence for outside agencies, such as: Metro Homicide Unit, ATF, Drug Investigation Unit, Mishawaka Police Department, St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department and Goshen Police Department, etc…
  • Successfully complete appropriate training and/or testing in forensic identification analysis with the department and at alternate training sites.
  • Assist the Firearms Identification Section with ATF request for 24 hour turnaround by completing processing of firearms within time frame and making them accessible to the SBPD Firearms Section.
  • Process vehicles from crime scenes, including but not limited to, bullet trajectory/shooting incident reconstruction, photography, collection and preservation of latent print and DNA evidence and any other duties required by the Detective assigned to the case
  • Assist in crime scene processing when required, including but not limited to collection and preservation of evidence, photography, documentation and any other duties assigned by the Crime Scene Technician assigned to.
  • Perform Shooting Incident Reconstruction upon specific request.
  • Transport evidence to the Indiana State Police Lab in Lowell, IN as needed.
  • Remove and package biohazard evidence from evidence drying chambers and disinfect the chambers thereafter.
  • Assist in performing routine maintenance of the Crime Lab and Crime Lab garage.
  • Maintain inventory of laboratory supplies and order as needed. Research and evaluate additional equipment.
  • Satisfactorily complete competency/proficiency testing.
  • Ability to successfully utilize all items listed in Equipment with appropriate training.
  • Within the first year must complete 5 Day Basic Crime Scene Course; 4 Day Crime Scene Photography Course; 1 Day Advanced Crime Scene Investigation Course with SBPD Crime Scene Techs and a 16 hours online Intermediate Crime Scene Investigation Course.
  • Process crimes scene when assigned and/or assist Crime Scene Techs and other officers following the crime scene processing methods and procedures outlined in the training cited above.
  • Assist in preventative maintenance of laboratory instruments and safety equipment.
  • Assist in the training of Police Officers on proper latent print lifting techniques, evidence collection, evidence documentation and evidence packaging
  • Restock evidence packaging room on a weekly basis
  • Participate in continuing education and training programs in the analysis of forensic identification evidence.
  • Responsible to the Director of the Crime Lab and is routinely supervised by the Director and/or Assistance Director.
  • Work with prosecutors, attorneys and court personnel.
  • Consult with other personnel throughout the forensic community.


  • To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty in a satisfactory manner. 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.
  • A Baccalaureate Degree with science courses; majors / minors in chemistry and biology preferred.
  • Ability to communicate clearly in English, both orally and in writing with scientific and non-scientific personnel.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and operate a motor vehicle.
  • Ability to travel by aircraft.
  • Ability to attend training at alternate locations for extended periods of time.
  • Successfully complete a polygraph examination, criminal history background and personal background with no criminal record.
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds.
  • Ability to work with chemicals, biological hazards, and forensic lab equipment.
  • Ability to maintain accurate and complete records.
  • Ability to multitask, use good judgement, and make independent decisions.
  • Ability to communicate clearly in English, both orally and in writing, with scientific and non-scientific personnel.
  • Valid Driver’s License required.
  • Alternate/forensic light sources, Computer, Digital Imaging System, Telephone, Various cameras (film based, digital), Magnifying lens, AFIS, IBIS, Fax, Copy machine, Scanner, Lab Equipment.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS - The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and walk, and talk or hear.
  • The employee is occasionally required to walk; use hands to fingers, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; and reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required in this job include vision and the ability to adjust focus.
  • The employee may work indoors and outdoors. Conditions indoors will be in a temperature-controlled environment but exposed to changing weather conditions outdoors.
  • Storage room areas can be dusty.
  • Lab environment may require the use of respirators, gloves, or mask. Exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals, human body fluids, blood borne pathogens, biological hazards such as viruses and germs, and other hazardous evidence items.
  • Pre-employment drug screen

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Posted: November 1, 2021

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