Employment Opportunity

Crime Scene Technician I

Salt Lake City Police Department, Salt Lake City, Utah

Salary: $16.07 - $19.72 per hour

Final Filing Date: April 2, 2017

This classification is reserved for incumbents whose position is covered by the contract of a recognized collective bargaining unit. Under the general supervision of a Crime Lab Supervisor, provides crime scene processing and evidence collection for the Police Department; particularly in the areas of fingerprints, photographs, and other types of physical evidence. This is an entry level position that requires problem solving, critical thinking, organizational skills, and computer skills.

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  • Responsible for the collection, preservation, and analysis of evidence at crime scenes, traffic accidents, and other police related incidents. Documents crime scenes by means of sketches/diagrams and using a variety of photographic techniques and equipment.
  • Writes crime scene reports and maintains photographic files on all evidence collected.
  • Locates, develops, photographs, and lifts latent fingerprints at crime scenes and from evidence collected and brought to the Lab for chemical processing.
  • Takes inked fingerprints of individuals and submits for verification of identity and/or duplication of records.
  • Ensures laboratory, office, and photographic equipment are in good working order and work areas are kept clean. Drives, maintains, and keeps standard size marked crime scene vehicles clean.
  • May give “expert” testimony in court on matters related to crime scene investigation techniques and photography.
  • Attends advanced courses/seminars related to crime scene investigation and forensic technology.
  • Uses modern office equipment including a computer and related hardware and software programs.
  • Orients new personnel, tour groups, citizen’s police academy, etc. with the crime lab and its purpose.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Two year Associate Degree in Forensic Science (Criminalistics), Criminal Justice, or a related field or equivalent formal training/full-time work experience in crime lab techniques from a recognized forensic laboratory. Experience and education may be substituted for each other on a year for year basis.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to physically reach and effectively perform job duties at crime scenes.
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with Department Management, Supervisors, police officers, other employees, professional peers, court representatives, other public safety agencies, and the general public.
  • Must successfully pass all appropriate examinations as required by the Salt Lake City Civil Commission Rules and Regulations.
  • Must be able and willing to develop skills and certify in a specific Forensic Discipline, such as latent fingerprint examiner.
  • Must have above average computer skills and must be able to learn and use advanced computer programs such as SICAR, for tire and shoeprints, AFIS, and MIDEO, for latent fingerprint comparison.
  • Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a drug screen.
  • Must have valid driver license or diving privilege card, or the ability to obtain one within 30 days of employment.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Four year Degree in Forensic Science (Criminalistics), Criminal Justice, or a related field. Other four year degrees may be considered on a case by case basis.

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Posted: March 20, 2017

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