Employment Opportunity

Forensic Technician II

Richmond Police Department, Richmond, Virginia

Salary: $42,134.00 - $69,207.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: April 30, 2017

The purpose of the class is to recover physical evidence from crime scenes. The class is responsible for identifying, classifying and processing fingerprints and other crime evidence. The class works according to set procedures under general supervision. Supervision: • Exercised: Classification typically does not supervise. • Received: Typically reports to a Police Sergeant or above. • Note: Other reporting relationships may apply

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  • The Forensic Technicians are responsible for collecting, packaging, and processing evidence from Homicides, Aggravated Assaults, Rapes, Robberies, Police Involved Shootings, and any other investigation that they are requested to assist Field Services or Major Crimes.
  • Selected candidate routinely compares fingerprints with the State of Virginia database and then forwards them to Department Record Management section to be updated with the state; Receives, processes, and forwards fingerprint cards of arrestees and applicants; Maintains departmental fingerprint file; Searches, compares, and evaluates latent and known fingerprints collected as evidence; Evaluates reports from investigators, manual and computer files; Confers with investigators and prosecutors; Takes photographs; instructs in the use of photographic, fingerprint, and other identification equipment; Documents and evaluates physical evidence from crime scenes; Fully processes crime scenes; Instructs and trains police and laboratory personnel in the use of fingerprint, photographic, and crime scene equipment and procedures; and routinely testifies in court;
  • The successful candidate must have strong organizational skills; analytical skills; verbal and written communication skills; the ability to pay attention to detail; the ability to follow procedure; the ability to work independently: and the ability to work a flexible rotating schedule including evenings, weekends, and on-call hours. Candidate must also have the ability to work in a variety of unpleasant sometimes gruesome environments.


  • Requires a Bachelor's degree in Forensics, Police Sciences or a related field plus two (2) years of relevant work experience.
  • The preferred candidate will be a graduate of the Virginia Forensic Science Academy and/or an AFIS Operator.
  • Master's degree also preferred.
  • Must possess a valid Virginia driver's license.
  • The successful completion of a thorough background investigation including a drug screen is required.
  • Physical and dexterity refers to the requirement for physical exertion and coordination of limb and body movement. Requires light work that involves walking or standing most of the time and involves exerting up to 20 pounds of force on a regular and recurring basis, skill, adeptness and speed in the use of fingers, hands or limbs on repetitive operation of machines and tools within moderate tolerances or limits of accuracy.
  • Environmental hazards refer to the job conditions that may lead to injury or health hazards even though precautions have been taken. The job may risk exposure to extreme heat and/or cold, bright/dim light, dusts and pollen, wet or humid conditions, extreme noise levels, animals/wildlife, fumes and/or noxious odors, traffic, electrical shock, heights, disease/pathogens, toxic/caustic chemicals and explosives. SENSORY REQUIREMENTS: Sensory ability refers to hearing, sight, touch, taste, and smell required by the job. The job requires normal visual acuity and field of vision, hearing, speaking, color perception, sense of taste, sense of smell, depth perception, and texture perception.
ADA COMPLIANCE The City of Richmond, Virginia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • ADA requires the City to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are invited to discuss accommodations.

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Posted: April 18, 2017

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