Employment Opportunity

Forensic Service Technician - Crime Scene Unit

Virginia Beach Police Department, Forensic Unit, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Salary: $35,224.80 - $52,278.00 per year

Final Filing Date: May 22, 2017

The Virginia Beach Police Department's Forensic Unit is the largest unit within the Detective Bureau, employing twenty-one civilian and ancillary employees in three distinct sections (crime scene investigation, fingerprint identification and civil identification). The unit responds to approximately 5000 crime scenes annually, including vehicle accidents, fires, property crimes and violent crimes.

Forensic Services Technician is the entry level position. Applicants selected for the Forensic Services Technician position will be eligible for career progression to the Forensic Specialist I position classification (10% pay increase) upon demonstrating competency and proficiency in processing crime scenes independently (typically in about two years). There is an additional career progression opportunity to Forensic Specialist II for those employees who continue their study and training in a specific discipline (bloodstain pattern analysis, digital image enhancement, ballistics, etc.) and are recognized by the court as an expert witness in that discipline.

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Forensic Services Technicians (Crime Scene) perform work in the recognition, collection, documentation, preservation and processing of physical evidence associated with criminal activity under investigation; act as a principal assistant at major crime scenes; process minor crime scenes independently; develop latent finger and palm prints; identify and recover all forms of evidence; document crime scenes, using sketching, measurements, photography and videotaping; prepare reports; and testify in court.

Official City job description.


  • Requires any combination of education (above the high school level) and/or experience equivalent to three (3) years in fields utilizing the required knowledge, skills, and abilities and associated with such positions as evidence technician or related position or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Must have, or obtain, a current and valid Virginia or North Carolina drivers license in accordance with Virginia or North Carolina DMV drivers license eligibility requirements.
  • Must be able to work rotating shifts (days/evenings/midnights) including weekends and holidays and be available to work overtime when required to meet operational needs.
  • This position may require that incumbents wear and maintain appropriate personal protective equipment such as, but not limited to, steel toed shoes, safety glasses, gloves, or other designated safety attire and equipment in designated areas of risk. Specific requirements will be determined and communicated by the employees supervisor based on position assigned.
  • This is a safety sensitive position and is subject to mandatory drug testing. Positive drug test results may result in counseling and/or discipline, up to and including, termination.
  • Successful completion of a pre-employment medical examination.
  • Must successfully complete a police background investigation, including polygraph examination.
  • Strong communication skills; detail orientation and organizational/time management skills are essential.
  • College level coursework in forensic science, biology, chemistry, or related area; volunteer or paid work experience in the field of forensic science; and computer literacy are desirable.
  • International Association of Identification (IAI) or comparable certification as a crime scene investigator and experience developing latent finger and palm prints, and experience testifying in court are desirable.
  • Knowledge of basic photographic principles.
  • Knowledge of basic office procedures.
  • Knowledge of techniques used in searching, collecting, and maintaining chain of custody of evidence.
  • Knowledge of proper methods for taking inked fingerprints.
  • Knowledge of techniques used in developing latent fingerprints.
  • Skill in the operation of video and still cameras.
  • Skill in the recovery and preservation of physical evidence.
  • Skill in developing latent fingerprints.
  • Skill in discharging duties with only occasional, immediate supervision (after completion of training period).
  • Skill in recording data and maintaining accurate, detailed records.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to evaluate and determine the most desirable method of evidence recovery.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other police department personnel as well as members of outside agencies.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with members of the public under a variety of situations.
  • Ability to perform work effectively in stressful situations and adverse working conditions.
  • Ability to learn court procedure and proper testimony for court cases.
  • Ability to perform work in a variety of physical settings including: taking aerial photographs from plane, helicopter or fire department apparatus; working scenes from marine patrol or other watercraft; working in and around traffic; working arson scenes while the area still smolders; working in confined areas and performing close work for extended periods; processing deceased bodies.
  • Ability to safely handle firearms.
  • Ability to work with toxic/hazardous chemicals and handle a variety of hazardous materials on a daily basis.
  • Ability to collect evidence, or transport equipment, which may require bending, crawling, lifting, or climbing over various surfaces and locations.
  • Ability to work rotating shifts.

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Posted: May 8, 2017

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