Employment Opportunity

Police Crime Scene Specialist

Scottsdale Police Department, Scottsdale, Arizona

Salary: $19.71 - $28.58 Hourly

Final Filing Date: October 18, 2017

The Police Crime Scene Specialist conducts technical investigations of all types of crime scenes; duties include photography and the collection, examination and preservation of evidence.

There will be a written exam included in this selection process scheduled for December 19th (by invitation only). Notifications are tentatively scheduled to be emailed by the Week of December 4, 2017.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Distinguish the full range of the color spectrum in order to visually and physically examine and investigate all types of crime scenes including, but not limited to: burglaries, vehicle crimes, thefts, assaults, abuse, thefts, criminal damage, and death investigations, for the recognition, collection and preservation of physical evidence such as latent fingerprints, shoe prints and tire tracks, body fluids (such as blood, semen, saliva, etc.), hair and fibers, weapons and other materials in sometimes stressful and unpleasant environments. Recovers, transports, and impounds opened and closed alcohol containers, transfer alcoholic beverages from one container to another container
  • Drives to crime scenes to conduct investigations. Utilizes a two-way radio, MDC, and phone in order to communicate with diverse groups of people, both verbally and in writing, often under stressful circumstances.
  • Photographs various types of crime scenes and evidence as well as postmortem examinations.
  • Utilizes specialized equipment and procedures, including presumptive tests, various chemicals, powders, and compounds and casting materials used in a forensic laboratory, preserving techniques as required. Conducts interviews, compiling all the necessary information for an assigned crime scene investigation, and enters the detailed information into a computerized report writing program.
  • May assist Patrol Officers and Police Aides at traffic accident scenes; assist in removing roadway hazards and traffic direction as needed.
  • May provide specialized field training in Unit, Division and Police Department policies and procedures to newly hired Crime Scene Specialists, other department personnel and citizens. Answers questions to a variety of inquiries over the phone and in person, to provide information on policies, procedures, and resolve questions or problems related to area of assignment.
  • May render an opinion and draw conclusions utilizing skills in a respective sub-discipline such as footwear comparisons, bloodstain pattern interpretation and bullet trajectory paths. May be required to testify in court in connection to scenes processed and evidence collected and preserved.
  • Completes and passes competency tests and annual proficiency testing in various aspects of crime scene processing as required.

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Education and Experience
  • An Associate's Degree in crime scene investigations, crime scene technology, criminalistics, or closely related field from an accredited educational institution with coursework in forensic science, crime scene technology, or chemistry.
  • An equivalent combination of education and job related experience may substitute for the educational requirements on a year-for-year basis.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age at the time of application.
Licensing, Certifications and Other Requirements
  • Must possess and maintain a valid, unrestricted Arizona driver's license with no major citations within the past 39 months prior to the start date.
  • Must be able to complete an extensive training program and successfully pass all competency testing components within a year of the date of hire or promotion.
Work Environment/Physical Demands - The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position or that an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Stands for extended periods of time in all kinds of weather conditions while moving hands and arms above the shoulders.
  • Read and navigate using maps to find addresses for routine and priority calls in a timely fashion.
  • Bends, stoops, or picks up traffic cones and other objects; climb barriers while carrying objects.
  • Moves or drags up to 165 lbs. and can carry up to 50 lbs. short distances without assistance.
  • Measure distances and draws corresponding diagrams.
  • Use visual and muscular dexterity to operate a motor vehicle and various crime scene tools and equipment.
  • Able to perceive the full range of color spectrum.
  • Utilize two-way radio and mobile data terminal to hear and respond to radio communications, voice instructions, and/or commands under a variety of working situations and background noise levels consistent with Scene investigation and/or traffic control.
  • Visual and muscular dexterity to operate a marked police motor vehicle.
  • Visual and muscular dexterity to operate a mobile computer within a marked police motor vehicle.
  • Exposure to dirt, dust, pollen, inclement weather, temperature extremes, traffic hazards, hazardous materials, and firearms.
  • Work in stressful and hazardous environments, which may be offensive to the senses of sight, touch or smell.
  • Work around and come into contact with deceased individuals in various stages of decomposition.
  • Concentrate on and complete tasks in the presence of distractions in a timely manner.
  • Use appropriate Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) when needed / required.
  • May be required to rotate on-call responsibilities for one-week duration among unit personnel.
  • Work shifts and overtime, which may include nights, weekends, and holidays.

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Posted: October 11, 2017

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