Crime Scene Investigator

  • 408314

SUMMARY: Under limited direction, processes and collects evidence at crime scenes; and perform related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (which are not in any hierarchical order)
  1. Gathers and processes crime scenes including photographs, evidence collection, diagrams and other pertinent information.
  2. Testifies in court regarding evidence collected, fingerprints identified and other issues related to the court case.
  3. Prepares, analyzes and packages evidence.
  4. Utilizes chemicals, powders and physical methods for detection and visualization of latent prints using proper safety equipment and procedures. Compares latent prints with a suspect's known inked prints to determine probable match.
  5. Enters and searches the computerized AFIS system for information.
  6. Obtains inked fingerprints from adults, juveniles, and applicants.
  7. Prepares detailed reports and documentation regarding crime scene analysis and evidence collection.
  8. Photographs suspects, scenes and events.
  9. Answers phones, maintains filing system, and performs other general office duties.
  • Knowledge of the criminal mindset.
  • Knowledge of the proper protocols in Criminology.
  • Knowledge of local, state and federal regulations affecting work.
  • Knowledge of photographic equipment and other crime scene processes.
  • Knowledge of crime scene investigation techniques.
  • Skill in latent processing, evidence collection, photography and other crime scene activities.
  • Skill in preparing detailed reports and diagrams.
  • Skill in recovering, preserving, comparing and identifying latent prints.
  • Skill in identifying crime scene evidence.
  • Skill in operating standard office equipment including a personal computer and related software.
  • Ability to work in adverse conditions.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves moderate work generally in an outdoor setting. There is frequent need to sit, talk or hear, use hands to finger, handle or feel and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: High School diploma or GED and two (2) years related experience, preferably in a law enforcement environment, or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Last Revision date: October 2001
Overtime: Yes
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