Employment Opportunity

Crime Scene Investigator I

Union County Sheriff's Office, Monroe, North Carolina

Salary: $40,170 - $60,255 Annually

Final Filing Date: May 7, 2017

Under general supervision, performs technical work related to the collection, processing, analysis, preservation and disposition of crime scene evidence and other types of property. The employee identifies, documents, preserves, processes and collects physical evidence found at crime scenes. The employee maintains detailed records of all evidence in accordance with county, state and federal rules and regulations. Employee must exercise initiative and independent judgment in completing assigned tasks. Employee must also exercise tact, courtesy, and firmness in frequent contact with the public. The employee is subject to the usual hazards of law enforcement work. This position reports to the Detective Lieutenant.

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  • Remain on standby and respond to crime scenes when requested. Be open to shift work and on-call schedules.
  • Photograph crime scenes.
  • Document crime scenes.
  • Write detailed reports about crime scenes and what actions were taken on the scene.
  • Preserve crime scene evidence, (log-in items, categorize and store evidence and property), following standard procedures.
  • Process for latent prints found at crime scene in the Crime Lab, review collected latent prints for quality.
  • Identify and collect latent prints, suspected blood evidence, clothing, ballistics, trace, arson, drug, shoe, tire, forgery, question document, and electronic (computer) evidence.
  • Provide technical expertise and direction at crime scenes.
  • Search crime scenes using alternate light sources.
  • Reconstruct shooting and homicide crime scenes for investigative and court room purposes.
  • Reconstruct crime scenes for blood spatter interpretation.
  • Use Luminal/Bluestar to search for latent blood at crime scenes.
  • Test suspected blood using Phenolphthalein.
  • Document exact dimensions of crime scenes using various techniques.
  • Prepare courtroom quality diagrams with important evidentiary items highlighted.
  • Prepare, package and submit evidence to the SBI Crime Lab for examination.
  • Enhance still images using photographic software.
  • Research new forensic procedures and maintain Crime Scene Certification.
  • Process videos taken from crime scenes for enhancement.
  • Assist officers with evidence packaging and submission of evidence to SBI Lab.
  • Serve as an advisor for Sheriff’s Office personnel on all forensic matters.
  • Photograph community relations needs for Sheriff’s Office.
  • Monitor quantity and restock evidence collection materials.
  • Attend local schools as a lecturer and represent the Sheriff’s Office Forensic Services.
  • Maintain orderly Crime Lab at all times.
  • Performs other related work as required.


Minimum Training and Experience:
  • A Bachelor's Degree in criminal justice, law enforcement, administration of justice, physical science, criminal/forensic sciences or related field and 1 year of experience preferred; or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge, and abilities preferred.
Special Requirements:
  • Must complete a minimum of 48 hours of Crime Scene Certification Board approved instruction in crime scene related courses within five years of employment and possess or obtain Crime Scene
  • Investigator Certification through the International Association for Identification (IAI) within the first 24 months of employment.
  • Must complete a minimum of 80 hours of continuing education / professional development credits every five years thereafter to maintain certification.
  • Possess a valid North Carolina Driver License.
Minimum Qualifications or Standards Required to Perform Essential Job Functions:
  • Physical Requirements: Must be physically able to operate a variety of machinery and equipment including cameras, two-way radios, mobile phones, walkie talkies, computers, fax machines, mobile command centers, etc. Must be physically able to operate a motor vehicle. Must be able to exert up to 40 pounds of force frequently. Physical demand requirements are for those of medium work.
  • Data Conception: Requires the ability to analyze and/or identify the readily observable, functional, structural or compositional characteristics (whether similar or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people or things.
  • Interpersonal Communication: Requires the ability of speaking and/or signaling people to convey or exchange information. Includes receiving instructions, assignments or directions from superiors.
  • Language Ability: Requires the ability to read a variety of reports, letters, memos and permits, etc. Requires the ability to prepare correspondence, reports, forms, etc., using prescribed formats and conforming to all rules of punctuation, grammar, diction, and style. Requires the ability to speak before groups of people with poise, voice control and confidence.
  • Intelligence: Requires the ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagrammatic form; deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
  • Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow oral and written instructions. Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in a variety of technical and professional languages, including law enforcement terminology and emergency response codes.
  • Numerical Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas; to add and subtract; multiply and divide; utilize decimals and percentages.
  • Form/Spatial Aptitude: Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width and shape.
  • Motor Coordination: Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes rapidly and accurately in using law enforcement equipment.
  • Manual Dexterity: Requires the ability to handle a variety of items such as office equipment. Must have minimal levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.
  • Color Discrimination: Requires the ability to differentiate between colors and shades of color.
  • Interpersonal Temperament: Requires the ability to deal with people beyond giving and receiving instructions. Must be adaptable to performing under stress and when confronted with persons acting under stress and in emergency situations.
  • Physical Communication: Requires the ability to talk and hear: (Talking: expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words. Hearing: perceiving nature of sounds by ear). Must be able to communicate via a telephone and two-way radio.

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Posted: April 20, 2017

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