Employment Opportunity

Crime Scene Supervisor

Durham Police Department, Durham, North Carolina

Salary: $50,408.00 - $78,614.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: April 13, 2017

The Forensic Services Division of the City of Durham Police Department is seeking a highly qualified individual to serve as non-sworn Crime Scene Shift Supervisor. The Forensic Services Division is a premier crime scene and forensic investigative unit offering crime scene, crime lab, and property & evidence services to the residents of the City of Durham. The Forensic Services Division is accredited by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) and the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

A Crime Scene Shift Supervisor is a veteran non-sworn Crime Scene Investigator with extensive knowledge of crime scene processing and documentation. Work involves documentation, collection and preservation of physical evidence found at crime scenes; physical evidence examination and analysis; packaging, preserving, and storing evidence; maintaining chain of custody; extensive note-taking and report writing; and presenting court testimony as an expert witness.

This position performs the duties of crime scene investigation while simultaneously leading and supervising a squad of Crime Scene Investigators in their assigned duties.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Collect, document, and preserve evidence at crime scenes and prepare written reports.
  • This is physically and psychologically demanding work providing excellent customer service to the residents of the City of Durham.
  • The preferred candidate would be highly adaptable to changing on-scene conditions, be able to multi-task duties and responsibilities, and have good time management skills.
  • Employ critical thinking analysis skills.
  • Possess excellent written communication skills.
  • Have the ability to work independently without close supervision and demonstrate support for co-workers in the performance of their duties.
  • Monitors subordinate's work, reviews reports and completes performance evaluations.
  • Coordinate investigation of crime scenes with sworn supervisors in the field
  • Maintains squad schedule.
  • Trains Crime Scene Investigators and other department personnel in the forensic disciplines and functions of the Crime Scene Unit.
  • Responding to crime scenes and encountering physical evidence including deceased bodies, blood and other biological fluids, employing universal precautions to protect yourself from biological, respiratory and/or chemical hazards, and significant physical demands including standing, walking, lifting, kneeling, reaching, pushing/pulling, crouching, bending, climbing, twisting, and other physical requirements.
  • The Forensic Services Division and the Durham Police Department operate as a paramilitary organization with strict policies, rules, regulations, and performance expectations.
Distinguishing Features
  • Work requires the exercise of initiative and independent judgment in implementing established work methods and procedures.
  • Supervision is received from the Forensic Services Crime Scene Supervisor or designee who reviews work through reports, meetings, observations of work in progress and overall results achieved.
  • The work may require exposure to hazardous chemicals and bio-hazardous evidence within a forensic lab and/or crime scene environment.
  • The position requires shift work, some weekends and holidays and is subject to priority call-out and court stand by.


  • A minimum of an Associate's degree from an accredited school in Forensics, Biology, Chemistry, Criminal Justice or a related field.
  • A minimum of three (3) years of full time, paid experience as a crime scene investigator or processing crime scenes.
  • Possess a valid North Carolina Class "C" Driver's License or ability to obtain license within 60 days of establishing permanent residence in North Carolina.
  • Must obtain a Crime Scene IAI Certification within 18 months of hire.

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Posted: March 16, 2017

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