Employment Opportunity

Crime Lab Technician I

High Point Police Department, High Point, North Carolina

Salary: $44,736.64 - $57,322.72 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

Performs responsible technical and investigative support work involving the documentation, collection, and preservation of evidence; does related work as required. Work is performed under general supervision.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


Essential Tasks
  • Responds to crime scenes and documents through notetaking, photography, videography, and sketches with measurements.
  • Develops latent prints through chemical techniques and various powders.
  • Collects and preserves evidentiary items while maintaining chain of custody.
  • Ensures crime scenes are secured.
  • Processes crime scenes
  • Prepares written notes, reports, and testifies in court as an expert witness.
  • Obtains known finger and palm prints.
  • Secures evidence, preventing contamination and maintaining chain of custody.
  • Collects, processes, packages, labels, and examines evidence when needed for trace and physical analysis.
  • Trains new employees on forensic related matters
  • Processes arrestees during prisoner processing
  • Communicates and deals with citizens daily during crime scene investigations and other duties.
  • Conducts Intoxilyzer tests.
  • Operates lab motor vehicle in all weather conditions.
  • Responds to work during all weather-related events, considered essential personnel.
  • Maintains files and records.
  • Conducts Public Fingerprinting
  • Ensures all work is performed in accordance with Section and Unit Standard Procedures, Departmental General Orders, City Safety Standards, City Policies and OSHA Standards

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


  • Formal Education
    • Associate degree.
    • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Criminal Justice, Forensic Science or other related field from an accredited college or university.
    • Additional consideration will be given to applicants with related field experience.
    • Additional consideration will be given to applicants with relevant internship/volunteer experience.
  • Must be able to obtain an Intoxilyzer operator certification within a year of employment.
  • Must be able to work under the general supervision of the unit supervisor on a varied, rotating work schedule which includes on-call, rotating shifts, working during inclement weather, on holidays and weekends.
  • Work requires the exercise of initiative and independent judgment while using established work methods and procedures.
  • Must possess excellent oral and written communication and computer skills.
  • Must be able to work at crime scenes where there is much graphic violence.
  • Must be able to work a mentally and physically demanding crime scene with a good, positive, unbiased attitude.
  • Must be willing to work as a lead on all crime scenes at any given time.
  • Crime Scene Technicians must be able to handle the psychological stress associated with being responsible for processing homicide scenes and testifying in court on major and high-profile cases.
  • Must be able to deal with the gruesome nature of some crime scenes.
  • Extended periods of time will be spent in this type of environment and can include working in confined spaces and positions.
  • The Crime Scene Technician must have the physical and mental endurance to find small pieces of evidence and work hours on a major crime scene.
  • The Crime Scene Technician is a member of a unit and is expected to operate as a team with other members of the Forensic Section at all times.
  • Because of the confidential and sensitive nature of the work required, successful completion of a polygraph and background investigation is required.
  • Valid North Carolina Driver’s License. A driver’s license issued by another state must be changed to a North Carolina driver’s license within sixty (60) days of employment.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Working and understanding knowledge of Crime Scene Investigations.
  • Certifications in Forensic Discipline.
  • English and Spanish Language skills.

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Posted: May 31, 2024

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