Employment Opportunity

Sheriff's Crime Scene Specialist I

San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, San Bernardino, California

Salary: $39,291.20 - $54,017.60 Annually

Final Filing Date: January 19, 2018

FUTURE SALARY INCREASE: 3.0% Effective July 21, 2018

The Scientific Investigations Division of San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department is recruiting for Sheriff's Crime Scene Specialists I who will learn to collect, document, and preserve physical evidence at a variety of crime scenes; maintain related equipment and instruments, and complete case reports. This is the trainee level in the series (Sheriff's Crime Scene Specialist I, II, II); incumbents work under immediate supervision while receiving training and acquiring the knowledge and skill required for promotion to the Sheriff's Crime Scene Specialist II level.

Supplemental Information: Incumbents in the class of Sheriff's Crime Scene Specialist I is a trainee class and is eligible for promotion to Sheriff's Crime Scene Specialist II upon meeting the minimum requirements and receiving a satisfactory work progress report. Employees must qualify for promotion to Sheriff's Crime Scene Specialist II within fifteen (15) months or be terminated.

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  • Collects, preserves, and transports all types of physical evidence from crime scenes, such as trace, biological, firearm, impression, bomb/arson, entomological, and other general types of evidence for laboratory analysis according to ASCLD/LAB and Department/Division policies.
  • Locates, develops, and collects latent fingerprints using various chemicals, materials, instruments, and computer systems.
  • Takes photographs of all types of crimes scene evidence using a variety of photographic equipment, techniques, materials, and procedures.
  • Participate in and observe crime scene reconstruction, including analyzing bloodstain patterns and gunshot trajectories to determine circumstances and sequence of events leading up to death; uses tire and shoe tracking techniques to support reconstruction efforts.
  • Assists in gravesite excavations and the recovery of skeletal remains with other forensic professionals (e.g., deputy coroner or forensic anthropologists); attends post mortem examinations, collects pathological samples and evidence for lab analysis.
  • Collects sexual assault evidence from decedents at crime scenes, which includes completing a "sexual assault kit" on male or female victims.
  • Maintains lab equipment, safety equipment, and analytical instruments; uses standard office equipment regularly and helps with basic maintenance.
  • Testifies in court as an expert witness.
  • Receives, stores, and releases property and evidence obtained from crime scenes; transfers evidence, while maintaining integrity, to and from storage.
  • Writes reports of crime scene findings, including any technical processing, correspondence, and any other work related to a case.
  • Performs serial number restoration on guns, machinery, tools, and bicycles using various chemical mixtures.
  • Provides vacation and temporary relief as required.


Minimum Requirements
  • Option A - Experience: One (1) year of full-time work experience with a law enforcement organization performing technical processing, collection and/or photographing of evidence at/from crime scenes. (Note: Property and evidence storage is not considered qualifying.)
  • -- OR --
  • Option B - Education: Thirty (30) semester (45 quarter) units of completed college coursework in criminalistics, forensic or police science, or a related physical or natural science, which includes at least 9 semester (12 quarter) units from courses in crime scene investigation, evidence collection, and college-level mathematics (trigonometry is preferred). A list of coursework must be submitted with the application.
  1. Background: Prior to appointment, applicants will be fingerprinted and must pass an extensive background investigation, including a polygraph examination. Applicants must not have been convicted of a felony.
  2. Shift: Applicants must be available for all shifts; incumbents will be required to work rotating shifts, or be on call for work, on weekends, holidays, and evenings, including mandatory overtime; refusal of assigned shift may result in removal from the list or termination.
  3. License: A valid California Class C driver license is required at time of appointment. Employees in this class may be required to use personal vehicles and show proof of automobile liability insurance.
  4. Availability: This department is a "24/7" operation, and the incumbent can expect to work rotating, night, weekend, day, and graveyard shifts, as well as holidays and weekends. Sheriff's Crime Scene Specialists who are on call must be able to report for duty within one hour after being paged.
  5. Physical: Incumbents must be able to climb up and down embankments, and hike short distances over rough terrain, while carrying up to 40 lbs; work in inclement (hot/cold/wet) weather; and be able to work while wearing an Air Purifying Respirator (APR).
  6. Medical: Incumbents must pass a yearly medical exam to verify the ability to wear an APR.
  7. Training: This is the trainee level in the series; incumbents work under immediate supervision while receiving training and acquire the knowledge and skills required for promotion to the Sheriff's Crime Scene Specialist II.

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Posted: January 2, 2018

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