Employment Opportunity

Forensic Specialist I (Crime Scene)

Virginia Beach Police Department, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Salary: $47,565.90 - $73,727.15 per year

Final Filing Date: October 5, 2022

The Virginia Beach Police Department's Forensic Unit employs twenty civilian and ancillary employees in two distinct sections (crime scene investigation and fingerprint identification). The unit responds to approximately 5000 crime scenes annually, including vehicle accidents, fires, property crimes and violent crimes.

Forensic Specialist I is the journey level position and will only be used if the successful candidate possesses at least two years' experience as an evidence technician, crime scene investigator or related title with another law enforcement agency. Applicants selected for the Forensic Specialist I position will be eligible for career progression to the Forensic Specialist II position classification (10% pay increase) upon demonstrating competency and proficiency in a specialized area such as bloodstain pattern analysis, shooting incident reconstruction, video-audio analysis, etc., being recognized by the court as an expert witness in that discipline and in obtaining International Association of Identification (IAI), International for Crime Scene Investigator's Association (ICSIA) or comparable certification.

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Specific responsibilities include:
  • Independently processing crime scenes
  • Documenting crime scenes using sketching and measurements, photography,
  • videotaping and terrestrial laser scanning
  • Developing latent finger and palm prints
  • Preparing reports
  • Testifying in court proceedings


  • Requires any combination of education (above the high school level) and/or experience equivalent to five (5) years in fields utilizing the required knowledge, skills, and abilities and associated with such positions as evidence technician or related position or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Must have, or obtain, a current and valid Virginia or North Carolina drivers license in accordance with Forensic Specialist I #00780 Virginia or North Carolina DMV drivers license eligibility requirements.
  • Must be able to work rotating shifts (days/evenings/midnights) including weekends and holidays and be available to work overtime when required to meet operational needs.
  • This position may require that incumbents wear and maintain appropriate personal protective equipment such as, but not limited to, steel toed shoes, safety glasses, gloves, or other designated safety attire and equipment in designated areas of risk.
  • Specific requirements will be determined and communicated by the employees supervisor based on position assigned.
  • Successful completion of a pre-employment physical.
  • Must successfully complete a police background investigation, including polygraph examination.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing
  • Detail oriented with strong organizational/time management skills
  • International Association of Identification (IAI), International Crime Scene Investigator’s Association (ICSIA), or comparable certification as a crime scene investigator
  • Minimum two years’ experience as an evidence technician, forensic specialist, or crime scene investigator for another LEO agency
  • Experience testifying in court
  • Experience operating the 3D laser scanner and other specialized equipment.
  • Specialized forensic training in an area such as bloodstain pattern analysis, shooting incident reconstruction, etc.

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Posted: September 21, 2022

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