Employment Opportunity

Crime Scene Specialist I

Phoenix Police Department, Phoenix, Arizona

Salary: $35,443 - $51,438 annually

Final Filing Date: First review of applications will occur the week of July 31, 2017

The Crime Scene Specialist I position provides technical support to Police Officers and Forensic Scientists in analyzing, photographing, collecting, and preserving physical evidence. Crime Scene Specialists photograph and record crime scenes showing correlation between evidence and scene, and perform various analytical techniques such as chemical and photographic processes in the field and / or laboratory to analyze, develop, and preserve evidence. Work is performed in the field, including crime scenes, at the Medical Examiner's Office, and in the Laboratory.

Crime Scene Specialists differ from Forensic Scientists in that they are involved in collecting and processing evidence from crime scenes and Forensic Scientists utilize science in a laboratory environment to process controlled substances, toxicology, etc.

This recruitment may be used by any department for any current or future vacancies over the life of the eligible list.

Requirements Click to read more


  • One year in crime scene processing or photography OR an associate's degree in criminal justice, chemistry, or a related field.
  • Unrelated fields will not be considered.
  • Reminder: Positions in the Police Department must meet the polygraph and background standards that are appropriate to non-sworn positions. The general factors for disqualification are listed at
  • Candidates will be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related physical tasks as part of the Police Department's selection process.
  • Working irregular hours, second and/or third shifts, weekends, holidays, callout and evenings may be required. Some vacancies occur on second / third shift.
  • Requires working outside in a variety of environmental extremes such as heat, cold, rain, air pollution, and dust.
  • Requires walking for prolonged periods which may include walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces.
  • The ability to obtain professional certification from the International Association for Identification in twelve months.
  • An equivalent combination of related education and experience may be considered.
  • An equivalent combination of related experience and education may be considered.
  • Only the highest qualified will be posted to the eligible to hire list.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS Includes the job requirements listed above, plus:
  • Associates degree in a criminal justice, natural science degree (i.e., Biology, Chemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Forensic Science), criminalistics, or a closely related field.
  • Crime Scene Certification through the International Association for Identification (IAI).

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How to apply: Apply online

Posted: July 18, 2017

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