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Crime Scene Unit Supervisor

Bryan Police Department, Bryan, Texas

Salary: Hiring Range $51,200-$64,000 per year (depending on qualifications)

Final Filing Date: Open Until Filled

The Crime Scene Unit Supervisor oversees subordinates engaged in the processing of crime scenes which includes the documentation, processing, collection and analysis of evidence, and completing necessary paperwork. The Supervisor's duties include, but are not limited to administrative and operational tasks, as well as responding to crime scenes in a working capacity.

With specific guidance and direction from superiors, supervises assigned resources to achieve operational goals and objectives; frequently performs responsibilities similar in nature to those performed by the employee for whom he/she is responsible. Recommends purchases to superiors but has no individual authority for any financial commitments. Ensures compliance with approved utility operations and human resources policies and procedures. Justifies and seeks approval for any exceptions. Performs in accordance with cultural norms and with a general understanding of the overall mission of the City.

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Essential Job Functions
  • Oversees and performs a variety of routine and complex crime scene investigations including but not limited to: homicides, sexual assaults, armed robberies, home invasions and property crimes such as burglaries. Ensures the physical security of a crime scene and that evidence is properly identified, collected, and packaged for transport.
  • Supervises the daily activities of assigned Crime Scene Technicians, to include assigning, planning and organizing work assignments, conducting performance evaluations, approving leave requests, investigating personnel problems, overseeing the hiring/termination process; responding to questions and providing guidance to staff on matters related to policies, procedures, and technical issues.
  • Establishes a record describing the crime scene by writing detailed reports, preparing accurate sketches and diagrams, and by applying professional photographic techniques.
  • Reviews similar reports and work methods performed by the Crime Scene Technicians; evaluates their case handling and results to ensure that the proper evidence examination and processing occurred and that procedures complied with departmental standards.
  • Attends and photographs autopsies.
  • Assists criminal justice officials in preparing criminal cases in person, and by providing reports, sketches and photographs, and providing expert testimony in criminal court cases.
  • Keeps immediate supervisor and designated others fully and accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems.
  • Drafts and modifies policies and standard operating procedure for the crime lab, DNA and other related evidence collection/crime scene processing and submits for appropriate review and approval by chain-of-command.
  • Observes, monitors, and adheres to policies set forth by the City Police Department.
  • Oversees the inventory and maintenance of all supplies for crime scene and for evidence processing.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.
  • Responds regularly and promptly to work.


Minimum Education & Experience
  • Bachelor's degree in chemistry, biology, forensic science, or similar field of study plus at least four (4) years work experience in crime scene processing or other related forensic science discipline.
  • Must possess some previous recognized training in crime scene processing, latent fingerprint processing, major and advanced death investigations, photography, blood splatter interpretation and forensics.
  • Must possess some previous leadership, supervisory, or management experience.
  • Equivalent combinations of education, experience, certification, and training will be considered.
Knowledge of:
  • The principles and practices of supervision including effective leadership styles and methods, training, performance evaluation, and discipline.
  • Evidence collection and preservation procedures theory and principles of forensic science.
  • Methods and techniques of latent fingerprint processing.
Ability to:
  • Train, assign, motivate, and evaluate the work of others to ensure the quality and efficiency of work, the understanding of their responsibilities, and the resolution of their questions.
  • Cope with stressful situations calmly, fairly, tactfully, and with respect for individual rights.
  • Systematically survey an area & formulate a plan of procedure.
  • Read and reconstruct events as they happened just prior to, during and shortly following the commission of a crime in order to determine the sequence of events and to ascertain the type and location of evidence.
  • Give advice and direction to case investigators in crime scene and evidentiary matters.
  • Write detailed and accurate reports.
  • Observe minute details of the scene as they relate to crime and their meaning in relation to the evidence.
  • Perform a wide variety of responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines.
  • Maintain an in-depth knowledge of federal and state statues, and court cases related to work performed, as well as department rules and regulations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of City staff, other agencies, and the general public.
  • Effectively handle stressful situations and multiple tasks.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Strong public contact and customer service skills.
  • Strong planning, organizational, problem-solving and time-management skills.
  • Advanced skills in operating photographic equipment and in the use of spreadsheet and word processing applications (Microsoft Word/Excel/Outlook).
Special Requirements, Licenses and Certifications
  • Texas Class C driver's license with a good driving record as measured by the City's evaluation system.
  • Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) certification preferred or ability to obtain the certification within timeframe set by department.
Physical Demands
  • Physical demands include but are not limited to: extensive kneeling, stooping, reaching and climbing; driving, sitting, talking, hearing, seeing, and standing and walking for prolonged periods.
  • Requires the use of hands and fingers to operate a variety of crime scene investigation equipment, office equipment and machines. Must be able to lift and/or move objects of varying weight and shape up to and including 50 pounds. Will be exposed to chemicals used in processing evidence and crimes scenes and to body fluids/blood at crimes scenes and autopsies.
Working Conditions
  • Work is performed at any hour of the day or night, under any weather conditions, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Standby duty is required; while on standby, must be readily available by pager or phone at all times to respond to requests for service.
  • Must be available to respond to emergency calls 24 hours/day.
  • Work shall be performed with tools, appliances and equipment approved by those agencies and bodies that have control, authority or approval of the design working ranges or limitations of those items; the employee has the responsibility to conform to those ranges and limitations.
  • Equipment may include but is not limited to: Phone, fax, copier, scanner, computer, printer, computer forensic equipment, electronic data analysis equipment, and vehicle.

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Posted: November 16, 2021

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