Employment Opportunity


Crime Scene/Property Evidence Specialist I/II

Citrus Heights Police Department, Citrus Heights, California

Salary: $29.94 - $41.13 Hourly

Final Filing Date: Continuous, First cut-off date April 5, 2024

To perform a variety of non-sworn technical and specialized duties related to crime scene investigation and property and evidence management; to collect, process, and analyze physical evidence obtained from crime scenes; to receive, inventory, and maintain custody of property and evidence received or confiscated by the Police Department; and to assist investigative staff as required.

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Duties

Examples of Duties
  • Respond to and process crime scenes, including securing the scene and evidence from contamination, collecting, identifying, and preserving evidence; search for and lift fingerprints; collect body fluids and clothing; interpret blood splatter patterns; make plaster impressions; attend autopsies.
  • Photograph, videotape, sketch, and diagram crime scenes to ensure documentation of crime scenes and evidence; prepare reports and maintain records of crime scenes and evidence collected.
  • Process, evaluate, and analyze evidence and perform preliminary tests to identify various types of substances including narcotic and toxic substances; determine findings in comparing physical evidence; forward evidence for further examination and analysis as necessary.
  • Process evidence for latent and known fingerprints; compare fingerprints with records on file; photograph, enter, and trace unknown fingerprints using the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).
  • Receive and maintain custody of property and evidence such as firearms, other weapons, toxic materials, alcoholic beverages, narcotics, money and other valuable items; arrange and lay out storage of property and evidence; and log and store all evidence and found-property in a secure, appropriate, and safe manner.
  • Operate and maintain a computer database of property and evidence received and stored utilizing various inventory systems including barcoding; update and monitor the database to reflect an accurate record of chain of custody for all items; periodically audit inventoried materials to ensure integrity of holding system; release evidence to investigative personnel, crime laboratory, and District Attorney's office; and track movement of evidence through the investigative process, analysis, prosecution, and judicial systems.
  • Locate and document found-evidence or recovered property; research criminal/property records using an automated computer system; respond to citizen inquiries related to stored property; release recovered and found-property to owners in accordance with applicable law and department procedures.
  • Dispose of or destroy nuisance weapons and illicit material as directed or when court action has been concluded; research and process unclaimed and non-returnable items; prepare items and paperwork for auctions.
  • Assist patrol and/or investigative staff as appropriate, including in service of search warrants to recover evidence.
  • Prepare evidence, exhibits and reports for use in court; give testimony in court regarding evidence collection, fingerprints, photography, narcotics identification, laboratory test results and findings, as well as integrity of evidence chain of custody procedures.
  • Prepare a variety of narrative and statistical reports related to crime scene processing, evidence collection, and property and evidence storage and custody.
  • Order and maintain supplies related to evidence collection, and property and evidence storage and custody; operate and maintain a variety of specialized tools and equipment, such as video cameras, fingerprint identification equipment, photographic cameras and related film development equipment; stock and maintain fingerprint kits in patrol units.
  • Coordinate with major crime laboratories; determine which evidence to refer and reason for the referral; prepare and deliver evidence for analysis and processing by others; receive, log, and distribute packages delivered to the department.
  • Provide training to department personnel on crime scene protection, evidence collection, documentation, and processing without contamination, and related safety and technical methods.
  • Work scheduled shifts, on call, overtime, evenings, weekends, and holidays, as assigned or required.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees and the public using principles of good customer service.

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

Requirements - Crime Scene/Property Evidence Specialist I

Knowledge of:
  • Basic law enforcement theory, principles and practices and their application to a wide variety of services and programs.
  • Standard law enforcement information, communications, and record keeping terminology.
  • Law enforcement record keeping and records management principles, procedures, techniques, and equipment.
  • Pertinent local, state and federal laws, codes, ordinances, City functions, policies, rules and regulations.
  • Basic arithmetic, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and percentages.
  • English usage, spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
  • Principles and practices of good customer service.
  • Principles and practices of good team building and team leadership.
  • Techniques and principles of effective interpersonal communication.
  • Principles and practices of safety, especially as applied to handling property and evidence from crime scenes.
Ability to:
  • Learn to collect, process, and analyze physical evidence obtained from crime scenes; receive, inventory, and maintain custody of property and evidence.
  • Learn to receive, document, and preserve property and evidence; maintain the integrity of stored evidence and ensure chain of custody rules and procedures are followed; maintain accurate logs, records and files related to receipt, storage, control, and inventory of property and evidence, including release to authorized department or other official personnel, or owners.
  • On a continuous basis while in the field, walk, stand, climb, and bend. Intermittently, while in the office, sit while preparing reports or entering property and evidence data into a computer, bend, squat, climb, kneel and twist while storing or retrieving property or evidence; write or use a keyboard to communicate; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling, and fine manipulation; and lift or carry weight of 50 pounds or less.
  • Work in a variety of field conditions, including crime scenes, homicides, shootings, deaths, and autopsies; work with occasional exposure to airborne and contact pathogens, bio-hazardous conditions such as blood or bodily fluids, and unidentified chemicals or narcotics.
  • Learn to destroy or dispose of weapons and illicit material in accordance with accepted standards and departmental policies and procedures.
  • Preserve confidentiality of sensitive material routinely encountered as part of work assignments.
  • Train others in techniques and practices of crime scene and property and evidence activities, including related safety and technical methods..
  • Learn to operate a fork lift to place and retrieve property and/or evidence held in storage.
  • Operate a variety of office equipment, including computers and related software applications; and type at a keyboard speed sufficient to provide for reliable and efficient data entry and retrieval.
  • Work scheduled shifts, on call, overtime, evenings, weekends, and holidays, as assigned or required.
  • Provide high quality, economical services to the Citrus Heights community, placing emphasis on responsive customer service.
  • Demonstrate a civic entrepreneurial spirit by generating new, innovative ideas and development of better methods to accomplish tasks and complete projects.
  • Foster an environment that embraces diversity, integrity, trust and respect.
  • Be an integral team player, which involves flexibility, cooperation and communication.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Use principles of effective field and office safety including use of work-related equipment in a proper and safe manner; principles and practices related to handling
  • property and evidence from crime scenes; use of preventative personal ergonomic techniques, and maintenance of safe housekeeping in personal and common workspaces.
Experience and Training - Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:
  • Experience: One year of experience working in a law enforcement agency. Portion of the time spent performing Crime Scene and/or Property Evidence work is desired.
  • Training: Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade. Additional course work related to the physical sciences, forensic science, or crime scene investigation is desired.
License or Certificate:
  • Need to possess a valid California driver's license and proof of automobile liability insurance as required by the position.

Requirements - Crime Scene/Property Evidence Specialist II - In addition to the qualifications for the Crime Scene/Property Evidence Specialist I:

Knowledge of:
  • Principles, practices, and methods of crime scene investigation and evidence collection, preservation, examination and laboratory analysis.
  • Principles, practices, and methods of property and evidence storage, control, and retrieval systems, including chain of custody procedures.
  • Law enforcement procedures, operations and regulations. Methods and techniques of photography and photographic equipment and related processing techniques and equipment.
  • Fingerprint identification techniques, comparisons and classification systems; operation and requirements of the Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS) fingerprint recognition system.
  • Pertinent local and State rules, codes, regulations and laws, including those related to rules of evidence in criminal cases and the processing, storage, release and disposal of property and evidence.
  • Firearm and weapon use, care and destruction practices.
  • Courtroom protocol and procedures, including methods and practices of providing testimony.
  • Methods and techniques of technical report writing. Advanced record keeping and inventory control methods. Modern office procedures, methods and equipment including computers and related software applications.
Ability to:
  • On a continuous basis, analyze crime sites or field situations; develop evidence to be processed; identify, interpret, explain, and enforce evidentiary and other police procedures; review and interpret case reports; know and understand the operations of the property and evidence section; identify and locate property and evidence; and maintain awareness of safety at all times.
  • Observe and document details at crime scenes; take accurate measurements; draw detailed and accurate sketches or diagrams that graphically represent evidence and show spatial relationships among items of evidence.
  • Collect, process and analyze evidence without contamination; use testing and photographic equipment commonly used in analyzing physical evidence; take,
  • classify, analyze, and identify fingerprints; use the Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS).
  • Operate a video camera and operate other photographic camera and equipment at crime scenes and/or in laboratory or office environments; process and develop film and/or digitally archive film and video as necessary; care for and maintain equipment.
  • Prepare evidence, exhibits and reports for use in court; provide expert, effective testimony in court.
  • Prepare technical reports related to crime scene investigation and property and evidence issues and operations.
Experience and Training - Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:
  • Experience: Two years of experience in a law enforcement agency performing responsible crime scene investigation and/or property evidence storage and retrieval duties,
  • and/or technical support duties, of which at least one year of full-time experience has been in the performance of crime scene investigation.
  • Training: Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade. Additional course work related to the physical sciences, forensic science, or crime scene investigation is desired.
License or Certificate:
  • May need to possess a valid California driver's license and proof of automobile liability insurance as required by the position.
Highly desirable
  • Possession of a current Latent Print Expert Certificate is highly desirable.
  • Possession of a Crime Scene Investigation Certificate is highly desirable.
  • Possession of a Property Evidence Certificate is highly desirable.

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