Employment Opportunity

Crime Scene Unit Supervisor

Odessa Police Department, Odessa, Texas

Salary: $24.32 per hour

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

Under basic supervision, supervises a team of Odessa Police Department (OPD) technicians engaged in the collection, processing, tracking, handling, and safekeeping of crime scene evidence; assures compliance with state laws and OPD policies governing collection and management of evidence and property.

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Essential Functions:
  • Using knowledge of OPD Crime Scene Unit (CSU) policies and procedures, supervises crime scene and property & evidence technicians, assignments, and technical support functions; assigns work, and assures work is performed in compliance with state laws, City policies, and OPD quality standards.
  • Supervises and schedules technicians; conducts performance evaluations and resolves personnel issues; reviews work performed, and assures that quality and timeliness standards are met; plans and schedules training classes on new technology and technical procedures for all staff; develops cross-training plans.
  • Meets regularly with staff to discuss and resolve technical issues, workload, special enforcement issues, trends, new procedures, resource allocation, and case management issues; monitors operations, inspects work unit, and develops recommendations for improving technical services, and individual skills.
  • Reviews and approves technicians' case notes and narrative summaries; compiles data and generates operational and summary reports; maintains logs of services, cases, and information requests; requests additional information from OPD sources in order to supplement case notes.
  • Monitors and supervises property storage facilities and the chain of custody of property received into the Evidence Unit; verifies the integrity of the evidence, processing procedures, and the paperwork.
  • Supervises maintenance of CSU and evidence processing equipment; orders supplies and equipment as needed, and maintains inventory of forensic supplies.
  • Answers inquiries about CSU services and records; explains policies, and procedures; provides information and assistance within scope of authority; refers matters requiring legal interpretation to supervisor.
  • Acts as system administrator for FileOnQâ„¢ property and evidence tracking system.
  • Assists and coordinates with other emergency services personnel, outside organizations and businesses, and Federal, state and local law enforcement organizations.
  • Performs duties of CSU technicians as needed to meet workload demands.
  • Maintains the absolute confidentiality of all records and information.
  • Supports the departmental operations with regular and timely attendance.
  • Supports the relationship between the City of Odessa and the general public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with visitors and City staff; maintains confidentiality of work-related issues and City information; performs other duties as required or assigned.

 Earn a Degree in Crime Scene Investigation, Forensic Science, Computer Forensics or Forensic Psychology


Education, Training and Experience Guidelines:
  • Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, or a related field;
  • AND
  • Four years' experience in crime scene investigation for a law enforcement agency, preferably in the state of Texas.
  • Successful completion of a background investigation and polygraph is required.
Knowledge of:
  • State and Federal laws, regulations and statutes, governing management of property and evidence.
  • Standards and procedures for operating a secure warehouse, including safety rules and regulations.
  • Rules and standards for collecting, preserving, and securing physical evidence at a crime scene.
  • Principles of crime scene management, and specialized technical equipment to collect forensic details.
  • Quality assurance procedures and documentation standards for crime scene evidence.
  • Investigative procedures and protocols for observation of critical details.
  • Principles and practices of photographing and documenting crime scenes.
  • Police radio, dispatch, and communication protocols and procedures.
  • Principles of record keeping and confidential records management.
  • Geography, roads, and landmarks of City and surrounding areas.
Skill in:
  • Supervising staff, delegating tasks and authority, and coaching to improve staff performance.
  • Packaging and organizing numerous items of evidence in an orderly fashion for storage and retrieval.
  • Collecting, processing, and preserving crime scene evidence.
  • Care, maintenance, and safe operation of crime scene tools and equipment.
  • Maintaining accurate evidence records, and generating special and periodic reports.
  • Promoting and enforcing effective forensic procedures and safe work practices.
  • Working as a team member with other law enforcement and multi-jurisdictional agencies.
  • Operating a personal computer utilizing standard and specialized software.
  • Communicating effectively verbally and in writing.
License and certification requirements:
  • A valid Texas State Driver's License is required.
  • Certification for access to Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) from Texas Department of Public Safety is required.
  • Completion of advanced training from Texas Association of Property and Evidence Inventory Technicians (TAPEIT) is also required;
  • Additional technical training and certifications may be required.
Physical demands and working environments:
  • Work is performed in a standard office environment, and indoors and outdoors at crime scenes; must maintain a level of physical fitness to meet Department standards.

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Posted: May 13, 2023

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