Employment Opportunity

Forensic Services Technician Trainee
Forensic Services Technician

Tempe Police Department, Tempe, Arizona


  • Forensic Services Technician Trainee: $23.83 - $31.93 per hour
  • Forensic Services Technician: $26.21 - $35.13 per hour

Final Filing Date: Open until filled. First review of applications will occur on June 15, 2023.

The Forensic Services Technician will perform skilled technical work in a variety of criminal investigative environments.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


Duties include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Respond to crime/accident scenes.
  • Search, identify, and document the scene and evidence.
  • Collect and preserve physical and chemical evidence (biological, 2- and 3-D impressions, latent, firearm-related, trace).
  • Apply various physical and chemical methods to develop latent evidence.
  • Create a chain of custody of evidence.
  • Prepare reports and records using a Records Management System (RMS).
  • Testify at trial, hearings, defense interviews, and depositions.

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


Work Experience:
  • Forensic Services Technician Trainee: Work experience with a law enforcement agency in photography, physical and biological evidence, court testimony and fingerprint sciences is preferred.
  • Forensic Services Technician: Requires one (1) year of experience in crime scene and/or accident photography, searching for and developing latent prints at crime scenes, and/or collection and preservation of evidence.

  • Candidates must have the minimum amount of work experience. Years of experience are based upon a full-time work schedule (2,080 hours per year). The sum of an applicant’s full-time and/or part-time qualifying work experience must meet or exceed the stated minimum qualification. Education will not substitute for the required work experience; however, related unpaid and/or volunteer work experience may be used as qualifying work experience.
Education: Both levels:
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in natural science, forensic science, or criminalistics, or a degree related to the core functions of this position.
Certification, Licenses, and/or Registrations: Both levels
  • Possession of, or, required to obtain within six (6) months of hire, an ACJIS Terminal Operator Certificate.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license
Forensic Services Technician
  • Possession of, or, required to obtain within one (1) year of hire, a Crime Scene Certification through the IAI.


Applicants considered for this job classification must pass the following:
  • Post offer/pre-employment drug screen. Employees in safety-sensitive job classifications are prohibited from all marijuana usage whether medical or recreational
  • Post offer/pre-employment physical
  • Police background check
  • Polygraph examination

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How to apply: Apply online

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Posted: June 5, 2023

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