Employment Opportunity

Crime Scene Technician I

Commerce City Police Department, Commerce City, Colorado

Salary: $48,380.80 - $72,571.20 Annually

Final Filing Date: November 28, 2021

The hiring range is $48,384 - $60,480

As a Crime Scene Technician I you will perform basic crime scene investigations for the Department through the collection and preservation of patent and latent evidence, and documenting of crime scenes. You will offer expert opinion on forensic value internally and in courtroom testimony.

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Essential Duties & Responsibilities
  • Responds to and documents criminal and non-criminal scenes through written descriptions, sketches, measurements, scale photography, videography and computer-based reconstruction tools.
  • Assists detectives and officers in the collection and preservation of evidence.
  • Processes crime scenes independently to locate, document, collect, preserve, and analyze patent and latent evidence.
  • Collects non-testimonial evidence, including hairs, fibers, saliva, blood and other body fluids from victims, suspects and dead bodies.
  • Photographs suspects and victims of crime and documents procedures.
  • Uses a digital SLR camera to document evidence, to include nighttime or low-light photography and manipulation of settings for ideal exposure.
  • Makes digital copies of audio and video records and evidence.
  • Attends post-mortem examinations and works with medical examiner or Coroner staff to document results and collect and preserve relevant evidence.
  • Packages property and evidence for safe storage in the property and evidence storage facility.
  • Collects state mandated fingerprints for City employees, sex offenders and other civil requests.
  • Prepares detailed reports of activities performed during laboratory and scene investigations.
  • Provides testimony on forensic investigation and laboratory techniques in criminal and administrative hearings.
  • Submits physical evidence to appropriate accredited forensic laboratories.
  • Maintains photography and crime scene equipment on a regular schedule.
  • Maintains confidentiality of information consistent with applicable city and county, state, and federal rules and regulations.
  • Provides training to officers and detectives on the collection and preservation of patent and latent evidence.
  • Prepares graphic representations and scale drawings for criminal and non-criminal investigations.
  • Works a rotating on-call schedule, and responds, at times, to investigations while off duty or not on-call.
  • Attends classes and training sessions to improve and develop knowledge, skills, abilities and expertise within one or more forensic disciplines.
  • Models City values at all times during the course of employment, to include Integrity, Collaboration, Innovation, Respect and Excellence.
  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must have earned a Bachelor's degree in Forensic Science or related field from a nationally accredited college or university
  • Must have a minimum of six (6) months of work experience in crime scene investigations, including photography, fingerprinting, and latent print development, or similar work in a crime scene investigation related field
  • Must qualify for FBI certification to access the Criminal Justice Information System, which includes no felony convictions
  • Must possess a valid Colorado driver's license with a good driving record

  • An equivalent combination of additional post-graduate education and related crime scene investigation experience may be considered.
  • More than one year of crime scene investigative experience is preferred.
  • Application for IAI certification as a Crime Scene Technician or Investigator I is required within the one-year probationary period.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of property and evidence handling, storage, and security.
  • Knowledge of crime scene investigative and identification procedures.
  • Advanced knowledge of photography, and evidence collection and preservation methods and procedures.
  • Knowledge of forensic methods and procedures, and what can be expected from forensic testing.
  • Knowledge of reports and records that must be prepared, processed and maintained to meet the requirements of the department and other criminal justice organizations.
  • Knowledge of the policies, procedures, practices, and activities of the police department as they pertain to the Crime Scene Technician duties.
  • Knowledge of municipal, state and federal laws as they pertain to the Crime Scene Technician duties.
  • Knowledge of proper handling procedures regarding protection, collection and storage of hazardous or biological materials in compliance with MSDS/SDS and department policy.
  • Ability to earn and maintain relevant crime scene and evidence certifications.
  • Skill in latent processing, evidence collection, crime scene photography, and other crime scene duties.
  • Skill in operating equipment and tools necessary in the performance of the Crime Scene Technician duties.
  • Skill in the use of police radios and interview room recording equipment.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Ability to work effectively and exercise discretion in stressful or emergency situations.
  • Ability to compile, organize, prepare and maintain an assortment of records, reports and information.
  • Ability to estimate time, materials, and supplies required to complete various tasks related to crime scene investigations and evidence processing.
  • Ability to prioritize work assignments and complete duties in a timely manner under deadlines.
  • Ability to work in extreme weather conditions of heat, cold, dust, smoke, and other weather conditions.
  • Ability to understand and respect the roles played by various members of an investigative team.
  • Ability to stay current with rapidly evolving tools and practices as applied in forensic science.
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex technical information, both verbally and in writing, using Standard English, including medical and legal terminology.
Equipment Used, Work Environment and Physical Activities
  • Driving: Drives a city or personal vehicle in the normal course of business
  • Office equipment: Daily use of computer, keyboard, copier, scanner, printer, calculator, phone (desk and cell). Daily use of software programs including Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook, Word, Excel
  • Other equipment: Plotter printer, digital photo/video camera, lighting equipment, fume hoods, microscopes, interview room equipment, measurement devices, crime scene equipment.
  • Physical activities: Sits for long periods of time; moderate physical activity that may include walking, standing, stooping, bending, reaching, lifting and carrying; requires the ability to maintain body equilibrium when bending, stooping, crouching, climbing, reaching, crawling and/or stretching arms, legs, or other parts of the body, and to physically maneuver over, under and/or upon various terrain, surfaces or physical structures.
  • Lifting: Lift or carry up to 40 pounds, independently; and, lift/move (with assistance) up to 300 pounds from one location to another.
  • Vision and hearing: Must be able to differentiate between colors and shades of color and have depth perception. Must have visual acuity to see and read paper and electronic documents. Must be able to answer telephones, communicate conversation and respond to verbal inquires
  • Exposure to environmental conditions: Work will be performed indoors and outdoors and may be exposed to heat, cold, odors, toxic agents, noise, vibrations, smoke, wetness, humidity, dusts, disease, weapons, explosives, bodily or biological fluids, intense light, electrical currents, human cadavers of varying physical conditions
  • Schedule: Position generally scheduled Monday – Friday; requires after hour, evening and/or weekend commitments and events; will be required to be available for on-call duty
  • Additional working conditions: May be exposed to work settings that vary in convenience and comfort

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