Employment Opportunity

Forensic Technician I

South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division, Columbia, South Carolina

Salary: $23,885.00 - $44,199.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: June 1, 2023

Serve as a Forensic Technician I in SLED's Forensic Services – Evidence Control department. Assist law enforcement throughout the state with the submission of physical evidence involved in criminal investigations, both in person and via a web-based evidence pre-log system. Assist in the appropriate selection of exam requests and determine the proper packaging and routing of the evidence for analysis. Assist with Evidence Custodian duties operating the Evidence Room.

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Specific Duties
  • Greet and assist incoming officers, display professional communication skills by phone; assist in paperwork preparation; search computer for case information such as status, analysts assigned or additional submissions; review all forms to determine if vital information is correct; make notations for analysts of pertinent information; record important case information accurately in appropriate fields in the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS); scan all forms; enter data in LIMS.
  • Inventory and critique evidence to determine which laboratory department is to perform the analysis and in which order it should be routed; package evidence according to size and type; determine proper handling procedure on case by case basis; mark or label items appropriately; maintain integrity of evidence; determine appropriate take in and storage for all evidence.
  • Take authorized possession of evidence coming into laboratory; stock evidence appropriately; disburse new evidence to analysts and return back to originating agency upon completion of analysis; coordinate proper destruction of evidence as needed and authorized; utilize LIMS to perform associated tasks and to generate statistical reports; provide testimony in court when requested.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work independently and as a team member. Practice prompt work attendance (to include notification of tardiness), display professionalism and share daily duties within department. Take appropriate breaks and lunch hours; maintain neat and orderly workspace; participate in all required safety and/or education and training.

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


Minimum and Additional Requirements
  • Must have a high school diploma or an associate's degree; and working knowledge of computerized information management systems, laboratory experience and/or inventory management experience; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite job knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Employee must have the skills to accurately input data into the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and the ability to effectively communicate with law enforcement officials from various types of agencies. Must have the ability to testify as a witness in a court of law.
  • Must have the ability to lift items of evidence up to 25 pounds.
  • Some overnight travel may be required for court and/or training
  • Position requires periodic 24-hour call duty.
Preferred Qualifications
  • A basic knowledge of evidence control procedures preferred.

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Posted: May 18, 2023

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