Employment Opportunity

Crime Scene Specialist I

Little Rock Police Department, Little Rock, Arkansas

Salary: $33,021.00 - $50,852.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: January 22, 2018

To conduct crime scene searches to gather physical evidence to include latent fingerprints, hair, fibers, blood, projectiles, shell casings and tool and tire marks to assist in the arrest and conviction of individuals responsible for the crimes.

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  • Conducts crime scene searches under extreme conditions to gather physical evidence, such as latent fingerprints, hair, fibers, blood, projectiles, shell casings and tool and tire marks.
  • Creates scale drawings of crime scenes, utilizing computer aided drafting (CAD), which include the location of the crime, evidence reference points, exact distances, and trajectory of bullets; creates cast impressions of shoe, tool, tire, and hand marks found at crime scenes.
  • Lifts, photographs, and develops latent prints found at crime scenes, utilizing print enhancement chemicals and photography equipment.
  • Identifies, photographs, collects and preserves biological material for DNA evidence.
  • Prepares detailed narrative and technical reports for each crime scene investigated which include a detailed summary of all evidence; maintains detailed case files for each case.
  • Meets with prosecuting and defense attorneys to discuss cases or to provide formal depositions regarding crime scene information and physical evidence.
  • Testifies in court regarding evidence collected at crime scenes, the condition of the crime scene, and the methodology employed in the collection and testing of the evidence.
  • Transports evidence to and from hospitals; maintains evidence transmittal forms and an evidence log book to track the chain of custody for all evidence to ensure its integrity when introduced in court.
  • Conducts chemical tests on blood, drugs, body fluids, fibers, etc., found at crime scenes to provide physical evidence to the prosecutor; ensures the security and integrity of all evidence processed in the Crime Scene Search Unit Laboratory.
  • Extracts gunshot residue from victims, suspects, and inanimate objects at crime scenes; operates a metal detector to locate projectiles and shell casings.
  • Operates photography equipment to photograph crime scenes; operates a video processor/enhancer to extract still photographs from videotapes taken at crime scenes.
  • Analyzes crime scene information, such as blood spatter patterns to determine specific crime scene information (i.e., type of weapon used, suspect's proximity to the victim, and velocity of the weapon at impact).
  • Develops lesson plans which meet State Minimum Standards for law enforcement officers; trains Police Officers in crime scene security and evidence collection and preservation.
  • Prepares monthly reports detailing the number of crime scene investigations and the number of hours spent testifying in court and at the State Crime Lab.
  • Conducts instructional courses and seminars for other law enforcement agencies, universities, etc., regarding crime scene searches; conducts crime scene searches for other law enforcement agencies as required.
  • Operates a computer with database and word processing software in the performance of essential job functions.
  • Operates a City pool automobile in the performance of essential job functions.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of physical evidence gathering and preservation methods and techniques.
  • Knowledge of the materials and methods used to lift and develop latent fingerprints.
  • Knowledge of the methods and techniques of photography and film processing and development.
  • Knowledge of the methods, techniques, and materials utilized to test physical evidence gathered at crime scenes (i.e., serology, toxicology, drug analysis, etc.).
  • Knowledge of computer aided drafting (CAD).
  • Knowledge of computer fundamentals and database and word processing software.
  • Skill in the operation of equipment used to lift and develop latent fingerprints.
  • Skill in the utilization of materials used to make casts and replications.
  • Skill in the mixing and application of chemicals used to collect crime scene evidence (i.e., cyanoachrylate ether, rhodamina 6G, ninhydrin, etc.).
  • Skill in the operation of photography equipment.
  • Skill in the operation of a metal detector.
  • Skill in the operation of a computer utilizing database and word processing software.
  • Skill in the operation of an automatic transmission automobile.
  • Ability to work in adverse conditions caused by environmental factors, chemical contamination, and crime scene aftermath.
  • Ability to gather physical evidence at crime scenes.
  • Ability to transport evidence and track the chain of custody of evidence to ensure its integrity.
  • Ability to produce exact scale drawings of crime scenes.
  • Ability to testify in court.
  • Ability to maintain complex, detailed files and records.
  • Ability to prepared detailed evidence submission forms for use by State Crime Lab personnel.
  • Ability to interpret evidence collected at crime scenes to develop a forensic evaluation of the suspect's physical and behavioral characteristics.
  • Ability to develop and present training programs regarding crime scene searches and evidence collection and preservation.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
These knowledge, skills, and abilities are usually, although not always, acquired through completion of
  1. Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, Criminology, Forensic Science, or a related area,
  2. AND
  3. Two hundred (200) hours of experience in a crime scene investigation internship program or a related area.
  4. Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.
  • Must possess a valid Arkansas Class D (Non-Commercial Vehicle) Driver's License before employment and maintain licensure for the duration of employment in this position.
  • Must be able to work rotating shifts and be available for emergency call-out 24 hours a day.

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Posted: January 8, 2018

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