Employment Opportunity

Crime Scene Investigator I/II/III

West Sacramento Police Department, West Sacramento, California

Salary: $3,945.00-$5,828.00 Monthly

Final Filing Date: This recruitment will close upon receipt of 75 applications or 5:00 p.m., February 14, 2018, whichever occurs first.

The Crime Scene Investigator I/II/III collects, processes and performs analysis of physical evidence obtained from crime and/or fire scenes; provides responsible and technical staff assistance; and performs administrative and technical duties associated with the maintenance, control, and disposal of property and evidence within the Police Department.

The Crime Scene Investigator I is the entry level class in this series and typically performs the more routine tasks and duties. The Crime Scene Investigator II is considered the journey level in this series and works independently, under general direction. Advancement to the Crime Scene Investigator II level shall occur after satisfactorily performing the duties of a Crime Scene Investigator I for one (1) year and meeting the Crime Scene Investigator II education requirements. Advancement to the Crime Scene Investigator III level shall occur after satisfactorily performing the duties of a Crime Scene Investigator II for two (2) years and meeting the Crime Scene Investigator III education requirements. Satisfactory performance means an overall satisfactory or higher rating on the performance evaluation during the last evaluation period.

  • Crime Scene Investigator I - $47,340 -$57,528
  • Crime Scene Investigator II - $52,620 -$63,960
  • Crime Scene Investigator III - $57,528 - $69,936

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  • Examines crime and fire scenes and identifies, stores and maintains property and evidence.
  • Performs tests to identify and analyze various types of substances including narcotic and toxic substances.
  • Determines findings in comparing physical evidence.
  • Takes and makes fingerprint comparisons and classifications.
  • Fingerprint development techniques to include collection, preservation and comparison and preparation of reports and court exhibits.
  • Enters latent impressions into computer.
  • Photographs crime/fire scenes.
  • Prepares and delivers evidence for analysis and process by others.
  • Prints photographs.
  • Prepares evidence, exhibits, and reports and gives testimony in court on test results and findings.
  • Instructs staff on methods for collecting and processing evidence without contamination.
  • Maintains photographic and other equipment.
  • Participates in Yolo County Arson and Bomb Investigation team.
  • Receives, processes, stores and maintains property and evidence.
  • Transports evidence for laboratory and/or criminalistics examination and court presentation.
  • Responds to inquiries related to store property.
  • Logs and stores all found property and evidence in a safe and secure manner.
  • Maintains manual and computerized property files.
  • Disposes of and releases property in accordance with applicable laws and departmental procedures.
  • Coordinates the transportation, delivery, and/or disposal of evidence and/or property.
  • Communicates with courts on status and evidence needed.
  • Ensures proper disposal of unclaimed or surplus property and evidence.
  • Organizes and coordinates property auction in accordance with applicable laws and departmental procedures.
  • Prepares and maintains records and reports.


Knowledge of:
  • Municipal organizational structure; department regulations, procedures, and work methods; general office, record-keeping, and filing methods and systems; correct English usage, spelling, punctuation, and grammar; effective courtroom procedures; laws, policies and regulations related to the rules of evidence; techniques of identifying, collecting, and preserving evidence; law enforcement procedures, operations and regulations; modern photographic techniques and equipment commonly used in analyzing physical evidence; classification and analysis of fingerprints; laws, policies and regulations related to rules and evidence; safety policies, techniques, procedures and practices related to laboratory operations, contagious disease control and handling biohazardous materials.
Skill in:
  • Learning California Criminal Evidence Code, Civil Evidence Code, California Penal Code, Health and Safety Code, Criminal Law as related to property and evidence; collecting, processing, preserving and analyzing evidence without contamination; taking, classifying and analyzing fingerprints; using photographic equipment commonly used in analyzing physical evidence; working effectively in court; interpreting and applying codes, ordinances, laws, rules, regulations and policies; records management and inventory techniques; recordkeeping necessary to provide chain-of-evidence; computer terminal operations related to the entry and retrieval of information pertaining to property and evidence; operation of storeroom and warehouse facilities in a safe and secure manner; basic report writing techniques; understanding and following verbal and written instructions; preparing clear and accurate reports; communicating clearly and concisely, orally and in writing; effectively accounting for police property and evidence; organizing and maintaining property and evidence control systems; keeping abreast of new developments in the field of property control; operating radio equipment and utilizing appropriate codes; establishing and maintaining effective work relationships with others contacted in the course of work; maintaining physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities which may include sitting for extended periods of time and operating assigned equipment; maintaining effective audio-visual discrimination and perception needed for making observations, communicating with others, reading and writing, and operating assigned equipment; maintaining mental capacity which allows for effective interaction and communication with others.

Preference will be given to candidates who possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with coursework in Criminalistics, Criminology, Forensic Science, or related field, with 3 years of comparable experience.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Any combination of training and experience which would provide the required knowledge and skill. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and skill would be:
  • Education:
    • Crime Scene Investigator I: High school diploma or equivalent. Related college coursework or specialized training is desirable.
    • Crime Scene Investigator II: High school diploma or equivalent and additional specialized coursework in basic police identification principles.
    • Crime Scene Investigator III: Equivalent to an Associate of Arts degree from an accredited college or university in Administration of Justice, Police Science, Public/Business Administration or closely related field.
  • Experience:
    • Crime Scene Investigator I: One (1) year of public contact work.
    • Crime Scene Investigator II: One (1) year experience equivalent to a Crime Scene Investigator I in the City of West Sacramento.
    • Crime Scene Investigator III: Three (3) years related experience in a California law enforcement agency, including two (2) years experience as a Crime Scene Investigator I or similar position. A Bachelor’s Degree with major coursework in Criminalistics, Criminology, Forensic Science or related field may be substituted for one (1) year of experience.
  • A valid California driver license.
  • Possession of a POST Property Management Certificate highly desirable.
  • Must be able to work on-call hours and holidays.
  • Work a variety of shifts, weekends and holidays.
  • Position will be required to wear a uniform.
  • Position will be exposed to and may be required to fingerprint dead bodies in various states of decomposition.
  • Will occasionally attend autopsies.
  • May be exposed to chemicals in the course of performing duties.
  • An employee must successfully pass a background investigation. The background investigation is required on all non-sworn police department personnel who will have access to the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (CLETS) equipment.
  • Some stooping, lifting up to 35 pounds, climbing a ladder, working at heights, and inspecting confined areas; travel to attend a variety of meetings and trainings.
  • Work in an laboratory, office and field environment, pertaining to crime and fire; exposure to chemicals, human body fluids, odors, decomposing matter and deceased bodies as well as narcotics, explosives, weapons and hazardous materials.

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Posted: January 26, 2018

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