Employment Opportunity

Forensic Technician

Pima County Sheriff's Department, Tucson, Arizona

Salary: $17.22 Hourly

Final Filing Date: July 14, 2017

Identifies, gathers, secures, processes and photographs physical evidence for investigations and prosecution of criminal and civil cases.

This position, with rotating shifts and rotating days, is in the Forensic Division of the Pima County Sheriff's Department.

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  • Photographs crime and accident scenes, autopsies, assault victims and suspects to record the condition and appearance of evidence as found;
  • Locates, identifies, collects, photographs and preserves evidence at crime scenes using sophisticated photographic and evidence-gathering techniques;
  • Identifies, gathers and secures physical evidence such as blood, body fluids, hair and fibers, firearms and narcotics for laboratory testing as evidence in criminal and civil cases;
  • Safely and correctly handles potentially hazardous materials encountered in the performance of assigned duties;
  • Searches for, develops and preserves latent prints at crime scenes and in the laboratory;
  • Photographs and fingerprints suspects, victims, witnesses and applicants;
  • Produces plaster castings of toolmarks and other impressions;
  • Searches for, retrieves and provides security information on fingerprint cards and mug shots for law enforcement personnel and authorized agencies;
  • Establishes and maintains records to ensure proper chain of custody of physical evidence;
  • Offers technical testimony in criminal and civil cases;
  • Assists in securing crime scenes, and interacts with victims and witnesses;
  • Instructs law enforcement personnel in crime and accident scene photography and the collection and preservation of evidence and latent fingerprint processing;
  • Performs routine maintenance and repairs on equipment, and stocks supplies for identification vehicles;
  • Tests and evaluates new photographic and latent fingerprint techniques and equipment;
  • Utilizes computer programs to enlarge (1:1) photographs of latent fingerprints or for enhancement of photographs;
  • Downloads digital images from various types of media to an image management system;
  • Accepts vehicles to be impounded in the Department's impound lot;
  • Public relations and portrait photography;
  • May be required to operate a photographic laboratory;
  • May record, classify and retrieve fingerprint cards from files;
  • May utilize specialized equipment for surveillance video enhancement.


Knowledge of:
  • advanced photographic computer applications;
  • techniques for gathering and preserving evidence;
  • photographic techniques and methods including the use of a variety of film, lighting, filtration and alternate light sources;
  • advanced techniques for development of fingerprints using powders and chemicals;
  • hazards and safety precautions related to materials, chemicals and equipment used in the handling and processing of evidence and related materials;
  • rules of evidence, court methods and procedures.
Skill in:
  • using photographic equipment (digital and film) including still and video cameras, and flash equipment in a variety of circumstances;
  • using advanced photographic computer applications;
  • developing and printing of color photographs;
  • collecting, securing and processing evidence;
  • maintaining the chain-of-custody of evidentiary materials;
  • safely and correctly handling potentially hazardous materials encountered in the performance of assigned duties;
  • communicating effectively orally and in writing.
Minimum Qualifications
  • One year of work experience in a photographic field.
  • OR:
  • A certificate in Crime Scene Management, or a minimum of 30 semester credit hours, from an accredited university, college or trade school in a natural science, criminal justice or other closely related field as defined by the appointing authority at the time of recruitment.
  • (Relevant experience may substitute for the education requirement.)
Supplemental Information
  • Licenses and Certificates: Valid driver license is required at time of application. Valid AZ driver license is required at time of appointment. The successful applicant will be subject to a 39-month DOT Motor Vehicle Record review to determine applicant's suitability to operate county vehicles in accordance with Pima County administrative procedures. Failure to obtain and maintain the required licenses and certifications shall be grounds for termination. Any offer of employment resulting from this recruitment is contingent upon Risk Management's review and approval of the candidate's driving record.
Special Notice Items:
  • All positions require the successful completion of a background investigation by law enforcement agencies due to need for access to law enforcement, courts, detention and/or correctional facilities and associated confidential information, documents, communications, evidentiary and like materials. Department of Labor regulation CFR Part 1910.1030 requires notification that this category may have a high risk of exposure to blood-borne pathogens. Hepatitis B vaccine, training and personal protective equipment will be provided. All positions require the ability to work in the presence of noxious odors and offensive sights involving human remains.
Physical/Sensory Requirements:
  • Incumbents are required to: lift and carry objects weighing up to fifty pounds; traverse rough, unimproved terrain on foot; work in extremes of heat, moisture and humidity; properly wear required safety clothing/equipment; perceive the full range of the color spectrum, and accurately focus photographic lenses.

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Posted: July 5, 2017

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