Employment Opportunity


Crime Scene and Evidence Specialist

Leander Police Department, Leander, Texas

Salary: $49,025.60 - $63,731.20 Annually

Final Filing Date: March 8, 2024

Performs mid-level (complex) work. Provides continuous support in the collection, protection and processing of evidence and scenes of crimes using the latest techniques and equipment. Performs all duties using independent judgment and maintains a high level of security and confidentiality. Works under minimal supervision with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

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Duties

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Maintain digital evidence and act as court liaison for discovery and other related physical and electronic evidentiary issues.
  • Store and retrieve all property and evidence collected, seized, or kept by the police department assuring a continuous chain of custody.
  • Update storage locations and status for physical property and add supplements to maintain all records related to property and evidence.
  • Manage the delivery of evidence to and from courts, laboratories, prosecutor's offices, and other locations.
  • Purges inventory of property/evidence for destruction, conversion, or auction.
  • Arrange for abandoned or forfeited property and evidence to go to auction.
  • Maintain knowledge of the law and policies regarding the management, including the process for final disposition of evidence and property.
  • Respond to crime scenes, gather, and process physical evidence, photograph and sketch crime scenes and physical evidence as required by policy. Assure that evidence is collected and stored according to policy.
  • Handles, prepares, documents bio-hazardous evidence and scenes.
  • Utilizes special processes, methods and equipment for the detection and collection of trace evidence.
  • Assists officers in packaging of property/evidence and verify that packaging procedures are being followed daily.
  • Write reports regarding the collection and processing of evidence discovered.
  • Testify as a witness in court regarding the results of analysis and examination of physical evidence.
  • Manage and troubleshoot digital evidence system.
  • Provide technical support and training, dealing with evidence and property, for all divisions within the police department.
  • Manage the ordering, storing, and furnishing of forensic and evidentiary supplies for all divisions within the police department.
  • Maintain on-call status for crime scene processing.
  • Employees are required to work overtime as the need arises, may have to answer subpoenaed appearances in court on employee’s day off or before and/or after a regularly scheduled work shift.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

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

Requirements

Required Education and Experience:
  • High school graduate or its equivalent.
  • Two (2) years of full-time crime scene investigation and/or evidence room experience or a minimum of 60 college hours from an accredited college or university in criminal justice, forensic science or other related science field.
Required Certificates and Licenses:
  • Valid Texas Class C driver’s license or must be able to obtain within 90 days of hire date.
Additional training and activities required:
  • Must obtain basic certification from T.A.P.E.I.T. and basic certification from I.A.P.E. (International Association of Property and Evidence) within two (2) years of hire.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • At least four (4) years of full-time crime scene investigation and/or evidence room experience.
  • A four-year degree from an accredited college or university in criminal justice, forensic science or other related science field.
  • Knowledge of Texas law and legislature.
  • Has completed courses in crime scene investigation, latent fingerprint examination, photography, and courtroom testimony.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Municipal police operations.
  • City and Departmental policies and procedures, all appropriate laws, including city ordinances, and appropriate administrative laws.
  • The use and care of city equipment, including police cars, police radio, and crime scene collection equipment.
  • Mandates and covenants required by department’s participation in the various law enforcement information and resource systems.
  • Possessing excellent customer service skills and phone etiquette.
  • Skill and ability in required job skills and knowledge with accuracy and thoroughness. Exhibits ability to learn and apply new skills. Keeps abreast of current developments. Requires minimal supervision.
  • Displays willingness to make professional decisions. Exhibits sound and accurate judgment. Supports and explains reasoning for decisions. Includes appropriate people in decision making process. Makes timely decisions.
  • Normal speech, normal or corrected vision, and normal or corrected hearing.
  • Understand and execute oral and written instructions and ask questions when instructions are unclear.
  • Establish and maintain professional working relationships, balancing team and individual responsibilities.

Physical Demands & Additional Information

Physical Demands:
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Working Environment:
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; hazardous biological material; extreme cold; extreme heat; risk of electrical shock; explosives; graphic evidence or scenes; risk of radiation and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud (moderate, loud, very loud). The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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