Employment Opportunity

Crime Scene Specialist

Austin Police Department, Austin, Texas

Salary: $20.81 – $26.54 per hour Depending on Qualifications

Final Filing Date: August 11, 2022

3 positions

The Crime Scene Specialist position requires comprehensive knowledge and evaluation of crime scenes using standardized principles, practices, and procedures in the identification, documentation, collection, preservation, processing, and or handling of evidence at/from major crime scenes. These investigations occur in all weather conditions and at any hour. In addition, testifying as an expert witness in court regarding analysis and procedures is required.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.
  • Responds to crime and accident scenes, evaluates the scene and conducts searches for evidence utilizing disciplines related to crime scene investigation.
  • Measures and/or photographs crime scenes, evidence, etc. Documents, collects, packages, preserves, and processes evidence.
  • Utilizes alternate light sources, chemical and physical processes, scientific methods and equipment for the detection and collection of evidence.
  • Processes evidence and crime scenes for latent fingerprints, utilizing both chemical and powder processes.
  • Writes, drafts, and completes reports and/or documentation of work completed.
  • Enters and modifies information in Versadex and LIMS.
  • Assists other law enforcement agencies with crime scene processing.
  • Testifies as an expert witness in court regarding analysis and procedures, after being declared by the judge, an expert in their field of crime scene investigation.
Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:
  • May provide leadership, work assignments, evaluation, training, and guidance to others.

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Education and/or Equivalent Experience:
  • Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Criminal Justice, Science, or in a field related to the job, plus one (1) year experience in crime scene investigation, in a crime laboratory, or in law enforcement.
  • Experience or education may be substituted up to four (4) years.
Must posses the following skills or certifications:
  • Must obtain IAI Level I – Crime Scene Technician Certification, within 12 months of being eligible for testing.
Licenses and Certifications Required:
  • Valid Drivers License.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities - Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of strategic and administrative crime analysis.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Skill in using computers and related software applications.
  • Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.
  • Skill in handling conflict and uncertain situations.
  • Skill in data analysis and problem solving.
  • Ability to work with frequent interruptions and changes in priorities.
  • Ability to quickly recognize and analyze irregular events.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective communication and working relationships with city employees and the public
Criminal Background Investigation
  • This position has been approved for a Criminal Background Investigation.

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Posted: July 30, 2022

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