Employment Opportunity

Crime Scene Technician

San Angelo Police Department, San Angelo, Texas

Salary: $34,659 per year

Under general supervision, performs a variety of tasks associated with the collection, photographing, tracking, handling and safekeeping of crime scene evidence.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Identifies, collects and preserves crime scene and accident scene evidence to aid in the prosecution of criminal and civil cases; documents and maintains chain of custody.
  • Collects, develops, preserves, classifies and files latent fingerprints; conducts visual and physical analysis and comparison of crime scene latent prints to local, state and national fingerprint databases.
  • Searches out, collects, preserves, logs, examines and secures evidence; documents all handling of evidence and property; maintains activity logs and generates reports as needed.
  • Responds to requests for assistance through established protocol. Responds to emergency and non-emergency calls for service; assists with the identification of evidence at crime scenes; photographs persons, crime scenes and other areas related to investigations.
  • Receives property and evidence from law enforcement officers; documents receipt of items and maintains the chain of custody; enters and updates data into computer system; transports evidence to Property Control Office.
  • Authorizes release of evidence and crime scenes within scope of authority.
  • Develops case files and reports, and prepares technical and statistical reports.
  • Maintains laboratory, equipment and property storage areas.
  • Prepares necessary documentation and evidence for court; may be required to testify in court.
  • Assists and coordinates with other emergency services personnel, outside organizations and businesses, and Federal, state and local law enforcement organizations.
  • Maintains the integrity, professionalism, values and goals of the Department by ensuring that all rules and regulations are followed, and that accountability and public trust are preserved.
  • Must be able to work weekdays, weekends, and holidays on any assigned shift.
  • Regular and timely attendance is required.
  • Other duties as assigned.

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


Education and Experience:
  • Associate's degree in Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, or a related field; and two year's experience in a law enforcement or criminal justice agency; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Required Licenses or Certifications:
  • Must possess a valid Texas Driver License with a good driving record.
  • Applicants with an out-of-state driver license must provide an original certified driving record from the state of driving licensure.
  • Successful completion of a background investigation and polygraph is required.
  • Completion of required training per department standards.
Required Knowledge of:
  • City policies and procedures.
  • City, county, state and Federal laws, regulations, codes and ordinances.
  • Federal and state laws and rules for the collection of crime scene evidence and property.
  • Record keeping and technical records management.
  • Fingerprint classification, latent fingerprint development methods, and basic forensic procedures.
  • Criminal justice and court systems, procedures and protocols in Texas.
  • Investigative procedures and protocols for observation of critical details.
  • Local community issues and regional community resources available to citizens.
  • Geography, roads, and landmarks of City and surrounding areas.
Required Skill in:
  • Identifying, collecting, processing and preserving crime scene evidence.
  • Maintaining accurate evidence records and generating special and periodic reports.
  • Care, maintenance and safe operation of crime scene tools and equipment.
  • Technical photography and film processing.
  • Collecting, packaging and organizing numerous items of evidence in an orderly fashion for processing.
  • Working as a team member with other law enforcement and multi-jurisdictional agencies.
  • Interacting with people of different social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Operating a personal computer utilizing a variety of technical and imaging software.
  • Communicating clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
Physical Demands / Work Environment:
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs.
  • Work is performed indoors and outdoors, and at crime scenes as needed. Must be able to work in extreme environmental conditions.
  • Must maintain a level of physical fitness to meet Department standards.
  • Out of town travel will be required for some training.

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Posted: July 21, 2023

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