Employment Opportunity

Property Crime Technician

Austin Police Department, Austin, Texas

Salary: $18.09 – $22.06 per hour Depending on Qualifications

Final Filing Date: August 11, 2022

2 positions

The Property Crime Technician position is responsible for responding to property crime type scenes to support the officers and or detectives in crime scene investigation, documentation, collection, and preservation of forensic related evidence. They are usually the first responder to property crime related calls. They are responsible for processing all types of surfaces for latent print evidence – both in the field and in a laboratory setting. The employees in this section must wear an assigned uniform and may work various shift assignments – including weekends and holidays. They are required to work in extreme weather conditions and operate City vehicles. They must be detail oriented and able to write detailed notes and reports for all work conducted. They are required to testify in court as an expert witness.

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 property crime scenes, evaluates the scene and conducts searches for evidence utilizing disciplines related to crime scene investigation.
  • When necessary, obtains measurements and/or photographs of crime scene and evidence.
  • Documents, collects, packages, preserves, and processes evidence.
  • Detects and collects trace evidence using special processes, methods, and equipment.
  • 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 property crime processing.
  • Testifies as an expert witness in court regarding analysis and procedures after being declared by the judge to be an expert in the field of crime scene investigation.
Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:
  • None.

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Education and/or Equivalent Experience:
  • Associate Degree from an accredited four-year college, university or community college, with coursework in Police Science or in a field related to the job.
  • Experience may substitute for education up to a maximum of two (2) years.
Licenses or Certifications:
  • Valid Drivers License.
Preferred Experience:
  • Experience conducting actual crime scene investigations for an accredited crime laboratory – to include internships.
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.
  • General 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.
  • 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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