Employment Opportunity

Latent Print / Crime Scene Technician

Waco Police Department, Waco, Texas

Salary: Minimum Starting Salary: $18.38 per hour

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

2 Positions Available: 1 - Full Time & 1 Part-Time

Under basic supervision, processes evidence, latent prints and other trace evidence for the Waco Police Department (WPD).

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Essential Functions - Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge and skills. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Processes and preserves crime scene and accident scene evidence to aid in criminal and civil prosecutions; takes legal custody of fingerprints and other trace evidence; makes physical and automated (AFIS) fingerprint comparisons; prepares evidence for court presentations; takes fingerprints from suspects and public and processes as needed; assists other WPD Officers and Technicians as requested.
  • Processes, secures and maintains the inventory of WPD evidence and preserves the legal chain of custody in compliance with state laws, City policies and WPD quality standards; documents handling of evidence; maintains activity logs and generates reports.
  • Accurately documents work product in offense reports and on diagrams.
  • Testifies in court, maintains a chain of custody of evidence, and acquires and maintains a working knowledge of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.
  • Works in an environment containing bio-hazardous materials.
  • Must have ability to climb, carry, stoop, and crawl and safely operate a motor vehicle. Frequently exposed to extreme heat, cold, humidity, and precipitation; fumes and odors from processing chemicals; and bio-logical hazards such as blood and body fluids.
  • Supports the relationship between the City of Waco and the general public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with citizens, visitors and City staff; maintains confidentiality of work-related issues and City information.
  • Must live in McLennan County and be able to work an on-call schedule when designated.
  • May be required to respond afterhours, including holidays and weekends, in the event of a departmental or City-wide emergency.
  • Performs other related and assigned duties as required.
  • Driving is essential.

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  • Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, or a related field.
  • Must be able to pass the Typing test - 40wpm
  • Must complete Police Department Background Packet
  • Must be able to pass a Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) background screening.
  • Must be able to pass a polygraph.
  • Must possess a valid Texas Driver’s License.
  • One year of experience in crime scene processing, latent print development and fingerprint comparison
  • OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Full-Time: 4pm to 2am with various days including over night hours including weekends and holidays. Must live in McLennan County and be able to work an on-call schedule when designated.
  • Part-Time: Various days and hours including nights, weekends and holidays.
Physical Demands
  • Medium Work: Requires exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

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Posted: January 7, 2021, 2022

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