Employment Opportunity

Forensic Technician

Fayetteville Police Department, Fayetteville, North Carolina

Salary: $15.92 Hourly

Final Filing Date: January 20, 2017

Performs difficult technical work in the processing/investigation of crime scenes including, searching for, collection and preservation of criminal evidence; forensic photography of the crime scene, sketching and mapping the crime scene; detailed and accurate note taking, chemical and non-chemical processes for fingerprints, footwear impressions, biological/DNA evidence and presumptive blood testing. Scene processing may also involve detailed documentation of bloodstain patterns and shooting incidents. Performs laboratory processing and documentation of evidence for fingerprints, biological/DNA evidence, hairs and fibers, and other evidence relating to the crime being investigated. Completes detailed and accurate reports and testifies in courts of law. Testify in court. Work requires the exercise of independent judgment and initiative.

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  • Responds to various types of crime and accident scenes, records detailed and accurate physical description of the scene, searches for, collects and preserves evidence, photographs the scene and evidence, and performs other documentation and evidence/scene processing as required.
  • Obtains account of events from relevant parties.
  • Examines surfaces and processes for latent prints and other latent traces of evidence including hair, blood, paint, tool marks, and other items.
  • Conducts presumptive testing for blood and other evidence.
  • Operates a variety of digital SLR and video cameras with associated equipment.
  • Photographs persons arrested for crimes, decedents and other persons involved in criminal investigations.
  • Maintains all crime scene and evidence processing tools, equipment and supplies.
  • Provides information and guidance to police officers and detectives regarding cases and actions taken at scenes.
  • Completes requests for forensic services regarding examining, analyzing, evaluating, and processing physical evidence gathered at crime scenes; to include vehicles. Photographs and documents related information.
  • Prepares detailed and accurate reports of crime scene findings regarding observations and activities and results of requests for forensic services. Appropriately forwards results for review.
  • Packages, labels and seals items to ensure further scientific examination.
  • Ensures chain of custody for evidence is maintained.
  • Establishes, maintains, and updates a variety of databases, files and records relating to reports, evidence collection and preservation.
  • Cooperates with other law enforcement agencies regarding forensic mutual aid/assistance requests.
  • Prepares evidence for court presentation.
  • Maintains log inventory, assignments, and production and work sheets as required.
  • Testifies in court as required.
  • Operates a motor vehicle.
  • Stays abreast of trends and innovations in the fields of crime scene investigation, photography, fingerprint and evidence processing, and general forensic science.
  • Attends meetings, conferences and seminars

Requirements: Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

  • Experience as a full time employee as a crime scene investigator with a law enforcement agency or similar employment is preferred.
  • Equivalent to an Associate's Degree from an accredited college in Criminal Justice, Natural/Forensic Science or a related field.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college/university in one of the listed degree fields: Coursework in forensic science, crime scene and evidence and crime scene photography is desirable.
  • Possess a valid North Carolina driver's license appropriate to the vehicle in which may be operated by hire date.
  • Must be able to meet and maintain vehicle insurability with the City of Fayetteville.
  • Successful completion of the IAI CSI certification is required within 12 months of employment after meeting certification eligibility requirements.
  • Must maintain current certification thereafter.
  • Eligible for Department of Criminal Investigations (DCI) certification.
  • International Association for Identification (IAI), Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) Certification is highly preferred, but not required at the time of hire.

Per General Statute – "A conviction of a crime or unlawful act defined as a Class B misdemeanor renders an applicant or certified DCIN user ineligible to become certified as a DCIN user when such conviction is within 10 years of the application date of request for DCIN certification. A conviction of a felony or two or more Class B misdemeanors regardless of the date of conviction renders an applicant or certified DCIN user permanently ineligible to hold such certification.

  • Successful candidates will be subject to random alcohol and controlled substances testing.
  • This position is subject to pre-employment polygraph testing.

From the time of closing the hiring process is anticipated to last 4-6 weeks. The process will consist of a panel interview with successful candidate being subject to a pre-employment drug screen, a background investigation, driving history check and polygraph to be conducted by the Police Department.

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Posted: January 9, 2017

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