Employment Opportunity


Crime Scene Investigator

Jupiter Police Department, Jupiter, Florida

Salary: $52,898.10 Annually

Final Filing Date: May 19, 2022

Employees in this class are responsible for collecting, gathering, classifying, preserving, documenting, and transporting of physical and trace evidence. Duties require the use of technical skills and judgment in recognizing materials that can significantly assist in solving crimes and prosecuting offenders. This is responsible work of more than average difficulty performing advanced technical duties requiring specialized knowledge, training and work experience in crime scene investigation. The physical evidence having potential biological, chemical, or radiological hazard or contamination. Contact with contaminated, corrosive or explosive materials, and exposure to infectious or communicable diseases may result from the performance of some assigned tasks. Employees in this class may be required to work on shifts with variable hours or of an extended duration, and may also require 24 hour call-out availability based upon the size and scope of a crime scene.

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Duties:

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS - The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.
  • Responds to major crime scenes, including but not limited to homicides, suicides, suspicious deaths, aggravated assaults/battery, arsons, armed robberies, auto thefts, burglaries, child abuse, elderly abuse, and rapes. Assists with search warrants, and process evidence in lab. Chemical processing of all evidence obtained at scene and submission to appropriate lab. Involves collection, examinations, preservation, documentation and preparation. The physical evidence having potential biological, chemical, or radiological hazard or contamination. 65%
  • Identifies latent prints, searches and processes crime scenes for latent fingerprints using powders or chemicals to obtain the best results from various surfaces. 15%
  • Photographs overall crime scene including items of evidence, shoe and tire impressions, fingerprints, victim wounds, bruises, etc.; takes aerial photographs from helicopter as needed. Prepares written reports, reflecting evidence collected at crime scene. Testifies in court regarding findings at crime scenes and accuracy of crime scene sketches, photographs and methods. Collects, labels, and packages all physical evidence at crime scene, to include blood and bodily fluids, projectiles, hairs, fibers, clothing, bedding, weapons, casts of impressions, and any objects deemed to have evidentiary value. 10%
  • Maintains strict chain-of-custody evidence on a continual basis.
  • Makes plaster casts of shoe and/or tire impressions; maintain chain of custody and transports evidence to evidence locker and/or state/town crime lab; uses blood detection, latent prints and enhancing chemicals to detect blood stains not seen by naked eye. Prepares crime scene sketches from measurements and rough drafts taken and prepared at the scene, sketches must be suitable for court presentation. Assists in the reconstruction of crimes to include determining the course of events from physical evidence obtained, bullet trajectory, analysis of blood patterns, positions of victims and/or weapons. 8%
  • Operates equipment, including power generator, camera, static print lifter, presumptive blood kit, gunshot residue test kit, evidence vacuum.
  • Prepares and maintains records, logs, and files of work activities.
  • Prepares or completes various forms, reports, correspondence, logs, incident reports, , narratives, miscellaneous reports, affidavits, charts, diagrams, or other documents.
  • Receives various forms, reports, correspondence, incident reports, , charts/diagrams, , BOLO notices, training bulletins, general orders, statutes, laws, codes, ordinances, policies, procedures, maps, diagrams, bulletins, manuals, reference materials, or other documentation; reviews, completes, processes, forwards or retains as appropriate.
  • Operates a computer to enter, retrieve, review or modify data; utilizes word processing or other computer programs.
  • Maintains current manuals, policies/procedures, bulletins, map books, and other materials for reference and/or review.
  • Delivers mail, messages, and documentation for various Town offices or officials.
  • Communicates in person, via telephone, and/or via two-way radio; provides information and assistance; responds to requests for service or assistance; communicates effectively and coherently over law enforcement radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications.
  • Communicates with supervisors, officers, employees, students, dispatchers, other divisions/departments, law enforcement agencies, fire personnel, emergency/medical personnel, court officials, attorneys, victims, complainants, offenders, the public, the media, outside agencies, and other individuals as needed to obtain information, coordinate activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems.
  • Creates/maintains positive public relations with the general public; provides education and information to the public on laws, law enforcement, crime prevention, safety, and related issues.
  • Attends shift meetings, training sessions and seminars as required to remain knowledgeable of departmental operations/activities, to promote improved job performance, and to stay current with changing policies, procedures, codes, and criminal/civil case law; participates in continuing education activities; reads professional literature; maintains professional affiliations.
  • May instruct/teach various training seminars and classes on crime scene work.
  • Informs the public, when requested of proper procedures when processing crime scenes.
  • Responds to subpoenas for trials, hearings and depositions to give testimony.
  • Attends meetings with prosecutors to prepare for trails.
  • Attendance and performance, required to report to work at the appointed hour, as scheduled, and to work the entire assigned shift.
ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS
  • Assists Property & Evidence Technician with processing evidence, intake, and court/attorney requisitions.
  • Assist Officers with traffic investigation and other major offenses by mapping and diagramming.
  • Assists Evidence with archived files.
  • Assists with Citizen Fingerprinting.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


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Requirements:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
  • High school diploma or GED with experience in fingerprint classification, photography, crime scene processing or related areas desired.
  • Must be eligible to obtain and possess, within 24 months of hire, the Basic Crime Scene certification through the International Association for Identification (IAI).
  • Advanced Crime Scene certifications preferred.
  • Must possess a valid Florida Driver's License.
  • Must pass a law enforcement background investigation, which includes a Computerized Voice Stress Analysis (CVSA), physical, drug screen, psychological examination and oral board interview.
  • Must have a positive work history, free from frequent disciplinary actions, suspensions, terminations and resignations.
  • Must maintain the highest moral character.
  • Must have the ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously, follow oral and written instructions, and work through numerous and diverse interruptions and maintain work quality.
  • Must be able to perform accurate and precise work and properly document same, and maintain sensitive and confidential information.
  • Must have the ability to communicate clearly and politely in stressful situations.
  • Must be able to think and work quickly and to meet deadlines while working under pressure, and remain calm in stressful situations.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
PERFORMANCE APTITUDES
  • Data Utilization: Requires the ability to review, classify, categorize, prioritize, and/or analyze data. Includes exercising discretion in determining data classification, and in referencing such analysis to established standards for the purpose of recognizing actual or probable interactive effects and relationships.
  • Human Interaction: Requires the ability to provide guidance, assistance, and/or interpretation to others regarding the application of procedures and standards to specific situations.
  • Equipment, Machinery, Tools, and Materials Utilization: Requires the ability to operate, maneuver and/or control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools, and/or materials used in performing essential functions.
  • Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize a wide variety of reference and descriptive data and information.
  • Mathematical Aptitude: Requires the ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; the ability to calculate decimals and percentages; the ability to utilize principles of fractions; and the ability to interpret graphs.
  • Functional Reasoning: Requires the ability to apply principles of rational systems; to interpret instructions furnished in written, oral, diagrammatic, or schedule form; and to exercise independent judgment to adopt or modify methods and standards to meet variations in assigned objectives.
  • Situational Reasoning: Requires the ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations involving the evaluation of information against sensory, judgmental, or subjective criteria, as opposed to that which is clearly measurable or verifiable.
ADA COMPLIANCE
  • Physical Ability: Tasks require the ability to exert moderate, though not constant physical effort, typically involving some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling, and which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (12-20 pounds).
  • Sensory Requirements: Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, sounds, odor, depth, texture, and visual cues or signals. Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally.
  • Environmental Factors: Performance of essential functions may require exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, fumes, temperature and noise extremes, machinery, vibrations, traffic hazards, bright/dim light, toxic agents, disease, pathogenic substances, explosives, or violence. Contact may be made with contaminated, corrosive, or explosive materials, and exposure to infectious or communicable diseases may result from the performance of some assigned tasks.

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