Crime Scene Evidence Technician

Town of Palm Beach    Palm Beach, FL
Job Description
General Statement of Job

Under the direction of the Crime Scene Evidence manager, this position is responsible for the collection and preservation of evidence in criminal investigations and performing identification services to the public. It is also responsible for responding to crime scenes for processing of evidence related to crimes.

Essential Functions

  • Collects and preserves evidence in criminal investigations.
  • Performs identification services to the public.
  • Responds to major crime scenes; conducts searches for and processes latent fingerprint evidence; photographs crime scenes; makes diagrams and gathers other evidence relating to the crimes.
  • Responsible for periodic disposal of properties through prescribed channels.
  • Responsible for acquisition, receipt, control and distribution of evidence related material as well as abandoned and recovered property.
  • Ensures that the chain of evidence is maintained and that all the rules of evidence are strictly adhered to.
  • Maintains current knowledge of all legal changes that may have an effect on the responsibilities of crime scene procedure, evidence handling, and property control.
  • Collects evidence, evaluates, logs, marks, stores, and enters evidence descriptions into the computer.
  • Fingerprints civilians upon request, following appropriate procedures in keeping with Florida Statutes and federal guidelines.
  • Takes appropriate photographs as directed, develops and prints photographs in both black and white and color using lab equipment provided by the Palm Beach Police Department.
  • Classifies, searches, and files fingerprint cards.
  • Maintains all equipment in proper operating condition necessary for the completion of any assigned duty.
  • Prepares and submits all necessary daily reports, incident reports, offense reports, and any other necessary written reports, etc. in a clear, concise and legible manner.
  • Apprises immediate supervisors of any and all unusual hazards, activities, occurrences or criminal situations.
  • Compiles lists of items for auction, assigns numbers, makes legal notification through newspapers, and conducts auction of materials, turning all financial receipts over to the appropriate authorities.
  • Maintains appropriate security over all areas located within the Identification Bureau, insuring that any area not occupied during normal hours is properly locked.
  • Organizes materials for case preparation and provides courtroom testimony when necessary.
  • Supervises employees in the Crime Scene Evidence Unit; including assigning and planning work, assigning priorities and providing training to Crime Scene Tech I, Evidence and Property Specialist, and to volunteers.

Minimum and Preferred Qualifications

  • Must possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent, Associates Degree in Criminalistics/Forensic Science preferred.
  • Requires 3 years experience, training, and certification in criminalistics, specifically crime scene investigation, photography, and fingerprint science.
  • Must have experience with computers and software such as Word and Excel.
  • Must possess a valid Florida Driver License or the ability to obtain same within 30 days of employment.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge in all Palm Beach Police Department Standard Operating Procedures, and General Orders.
  • Ability to observe situations analytically, competently, concisely, and objectively and record them clearly.
  • Ability to learn and improve photographic skills, including, but not limited to, 35mm black and white and color, developing and processing and creating photographic prints, utilizing departmentally approved equipment.

This position is a part-time, no benefits position.

Fri, 10 Jan 2020 23:11:17 GMT

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