Employment Opportunity

Crime Scene Specialist

Marion County Forensic Services Agency, Indianapolis, Indiana

Salary: $43,702.00 - $74,293.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

Position is responsible for providing crime scene specialist and investigation activities for public safety agencies throughout Marion County. Assists in the development and implementation of crime scene scientific programs; confers with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to coordinate work activities at scenes and/or in the laboratory. Provides preliminary analysis of collected crime scene evidence. Provides testimony as an expert in court as needed. Ensures that the total work product meets all appropriate scientific, legal and accreditation requirements. Trains new employees as assigned.

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  • Responsible for forensic support in the identification, preservation and collection of forensic evidence at crime scenes, providing a wide variety of crime scene activities involving crimes against persons (homicides, suicides, rapes, aggravated assaults, etc.) to include, but not limited to, finger print processing, DNA collection/swabbing, and firearm evidence.
  • Ensures that appropriate quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC) methodologies are employed throughout their section of the laboratory, per the ASCLD/LAB-International (ISO 17025) guidelines.
  • Provides expert testimony in court.
  • Assists supervisors to develop, implement, and provide technical guidance to all employees within the laboratory to include QA/QC
  • Implements newly developed forensic and crime scene technologies.
  • Reviews statistical data and ensures compliance with appropriate scientific, legal and government regulations
  • Recommends modification of practices to the section supervisor, as required, for operation of section
  • Serves as liaison between IMCFSA and local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to ensure that scientific and administrative support is provided
  • Conducts training, as directed, for local agencies to include basic evidence technician courses, crime scene courses and specialized forensic applications courses for the proper collection of cases in the forensic disciplines of drug chemistry, trace chemistry, questions documents, latent prints, DNA, serology, and firearms and/or toolmarks.
  • Attends seminars, meetings and conferences to incorporate new developments into laboratory case work.
  • Presents results of laboratory research at conferences and/or publish results in scientific journals.
  • This list of duties and responsibilities is not intended to be all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities that management may deem necessary from time to time.


  • Baccalaureate degree in Biology, Chemistry, or Forensic Science is required. A degree in Criminal Justice, with science courses, may be considered.
  • Five (5) years experience in crime scene processing or (five (5) years law enforcement experience with graduation from a state law enforcement academy may be used as a degree equivalent.
  • Incumbent must be willing and capable of completing external training as it related to the position.
  • Must be able to attain Crime Scene Certification rating through the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board within one year after completion of training.
Independent Judgment
  • Incumbent must exercise independent judgment in the performance of their duties and receive minimal supervision. Independent judgment must be exercised with assessing crime scenes and in the course or performing one's duty. Errors in judgment could create significant legal liability for the City and County of Indianapolis.

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Posted: January 31, 2018

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