Employment Opportunity

Crime Scene Technician

Valdosta Police Department, Valdosta, Georgia

Salary: Base Criminalist Salary (with incentives) - $51,712.36 per year

Final Filing Date: Open until Filled

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


This position is responsible for the analysis and documentation of a variety of forms of evidence.
  • Responds to crime scenes to identify, document and collect evidence; documents the scene through digital photography, sketches and notes; packages and documents evidence for chain of custody.
  • Analyzes items of evidence to determine the absence or presence of controlled substances, dangerous drugs, or listed chemicals; participates in proficiency testing; prepares written reports containing analysis results.
  • Utilizes a variety of tools and techniques to identify and preserve latent fingerprints; evaluates and compares fingerprint evidence.
  • Conducts physical, microscopic, and chemical examinations and comparisons of firearm and toolmark related evidence.
  • Performs serial number restorations on firearms and other stolen property.
  • Conducts firearm operability tests.
  • Performs firearms discharge residue examinations.
  • Maintains strict chain-of-custody in the handling and preservation of evidence.
  • Performs technical reviews of other criminalist work to ensure compliance with laboratory approved procedures, accuracy of work, and accuracy of report findings.
  • Generates detailed technical reports.
  • Assists in developing and updating laboratory policies and procedures.
  • Testifies as an expert in federal, superior, state and municipal court.
  • Performs related duties.

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


  • Knowledge of forensic laboratory analysis principles.
  • Knowledge of laboratory policies, procedures, guidelines and regulations.
  • Knowledge of chain-of-custody laws.
  • Knowledge of laboratory safety and security procedures.
  • Knowledge of the criminal justice system.
  • Knowledge of the collection, detection, preparation, examination, preservation and documentation of physical evidence.
  • Knowledge of the terminology, principles and analytical techniques used in the analysis of physical evidence.
  • Skill in planning, organizing, analyzing, decision making, and problem solving.
  • Skill in the storage and processing of evidence.
  • Skill in the use of office equipment, including a computer, calculator, and office software applications.
  • Skill in interpersonal relations.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with completion of specialized training in the field of work, in addition to basic skills typically associated with a high school education.
  • Sufficient experience to understand the basic principles relevant to the major duties of the position usually associated with the completion of an apprenticeship/internship or having had a similar position for one to two years.
  • Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license issued by the State of Georgia for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.

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Posted: March 13, 2024

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