Employment Opportunity

Crime Scene Specialist I/II

Tempe Police Department, Tempe, Arizona

Salary: This recruitment is open until the position is filled.

  • Crime Scene Specialist I - $25.12 - $33.53 per hour
  • Crime Scene Specialist II - $27.63 - $36.89 per hour

Final Filing Date:

The Crime Scene Specialist will perform skilled technical work in a variety of investigative environments.

This position is part of a flexible classification. Qualified candidates may be hired at either level based on their experience, education and training as determined by the hiring authority.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


Duties include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Identify, document, preserve and impound evidence at crime scenes and vehicle collision scenes.
  • Prepare detailed reports.
  • Establish and maintain records to ensure proper chain of custody of physical evidence.
  • Testify at trial, hearings, defense interviews, and depositions.
  • Ensure evidence integrity.
  • Operate and maintain assigned equipment, supplies and laboratory equipment.

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


Work Experience:
  • Crime Scene Specialist I: Requires one (1) year work experience.
  • Crime Scene Specialist II: Requires two (2) years of experience as a Crime Scene Specialist I+ or equivalent position with a law enforcement agency.
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • Crime Scene Specialist I: Possession of or required to obtain within six (6) months of hire, an ACJIS Terminal Operator Certificate. Possession of a valid driver’s license.
  • Crime Scene Specialist II: Possession of or required to obtain within six (6) months of hire, an ACJIS Terminal Operator Certificate. Possession of a valid driver’s license.


Crime Scene Specialist I:
  • Completion of a designated Crime Scene training program within one (1) year of hire or promotion.
  • Successfully pass competency testing within one (1) year of hire or promotion.
Crime Scene Specialist II
  • Successful completion of a competency testing within six (6) months of hire.
Both levels
  • Applicants considered for this job classification must pass the following:
    • Criminal history background investigation
    • Post offer/pre-employment drug screen. Employees in safety-sensitive job classifications are prohibited from all marijuana usage whether medical or recreational
    • Police background check
    • Polygraph examination

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Posted: March 1, 2024

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