Employment Opportunity

Forensic Specialist II (Crime Scene Technician)

Kansas City Police Department, Kansas City, Missouri

Salary: Not stated

Final Filing Date: March 31, 2018

To identify, document, and preserve physical evidence from crime scenes.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Assess and prioritize calls for service and give proper notification to supervisor according to established procedures.
  • Collect and preserve evidence by implementing state-of-the-art scientific and technical methods, and ensuring the proper chain of custody.
  • Involves work with decomposing corpses, bodily fluids, contagious diseases, hazardous materials, heavy objects, equipment, tools, and other evidence.
  • Responsible for care and maintenance of technical equipment.
  • Must have knowledge of search/seizure case law.
  • Document crime scenes using detailed written reports, photographs, and diagrams where appropriate.
  • Protect crime scenes from contamination.
  • Render credible expert testimony in depositions and in a court of law on the crime scene processing techniques utilized, evidence collection and preservation methodology. Prepare charts, photographs, diagrams and other visual aides as needed for presentation to the court.
  • Examine and unload firearms.
  • Maintain reliable and predictable attendance. Must have the ability to work mandatory overtime, flexible hours, nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Must have the ability to process crimes scenes in all types of weather conditions.
  • Perform technical/administrative reviews of casework.
  • Perform related duties as required.
  • This class specification should not be interpreted as all inclusive. It is intended to identify the essential functions and requirements of this job. Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this specification. Any essential function or requirement of this class will be evaluated as necessary should an incumbent/applicant be unable to perform the function or requirement due to a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as amended by the Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA); and the Missouri Human Rights Act (MHRA).


Job Standards (Minimum qualifications needed to perform essential functions.)
  • To successfully perform the essential functions of this position, the incumbent must have graduated from an accredited four-year college or university; taken coursework with a strong emphasis in physical science or have minimum of three years' experience in the forensics field.
  • Incumbent must successfully complete an extensive Crime Scene Investigation training program. Incumbent must be certified by International Association of Identification (IAI) within two years of appointment.
  • Physical Requirements: Incumbent must have full use of all limbs. Position requires very heavy lifting (over 50 pounds) occasionally, heavy lifting (20 to 50 pounds) often, and light lifting (5 to 20 pounds) frequently. Required to stand, kneel, and/or stoop for extended periods of time. Must have the ability to distinguish the full range of the color spectrum in order to visually examine and investigate all types of crime scenes and evidence.
  • Incumbent will be required to operate a motor vehicle at least one to two hours per day (current valid driver's license required) and will work at a stationary computer terminal or keyboard for an extended period of time (usually one to four hours per day, but can exceed eight hours in some circumstances). Will be required to use telephone and/or police 2-way radio, use of which can range from a few minutes to over an hour each day.
  • This position requires strong communication, time management, writing, analytical and decision making skills. Incumbent is required to consistently exercise discretion, sound judgment, and must comply with accreditation mandates to assure quality of results and analysis. Failure of any quality assurance mandates must be reported, whether it is of their own or another analyst. Incumbent is required to submit to a DNA standard for elimination purposes.
Job Location (Place where work is performed.)
  • This position operates at both indoor and outdoor crime scenes in all weather conditions, with time in a standard office environment.
Equipment (Machines, devices, tools, etc., used in job performance.)
  • Digital SLR Camera
  • Personal computer/mainframe terminal, including advanced computer diagramming programs
  • Police vehicle (cargo van)
  • Telephone and two-way radio
  • Personal protective equipment, self-contained breathing apparatus and air monitoring equipment, including air purifier and respirator.
  • Laboratory-specific instruments, including but not limited to alternate light sources, trajectory systems and various chemical processes to develop biological evidence or latent fingerprints.

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How to apply: Please send resumes, curriculum vitaes, cover letters, etc., to Captain Sicoli: Christopher.Sicoli@kcpd.org

Posted: March 1, 2018

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