Employment Opportunity

Crime Scene Technician

Sugar Land Police Department, Sugar Land, Texas

Salary: $44,844.80 - $51,563.20 Annually

Final Filing Date: May 17, 2018

The City of Sugar Land's Police Department is searching for a detail-minded, organized individual to fill the vacancy of Crime Scene Technician. The Crime Scene Technician is responsible for ensuring the continuous chain of custody of property and evidence, including its intake, retention, storage, release and disposal in accordance with state and federal laws, department procedures and industry standards, and for communicating with court personnel. The Crime Scene Technician will also conduct crime scene investigations including evidence collection, processing, documentation and court testimony.

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  • Respond to crime scenes.
  • Collect Property and Evidence: conduct processing, testing and analysis in the field and in the Crime Laboratory. Attend Autopsies and retrieve evidence from medical examiner.
  • Property and Evidence Management: Maintain continuous chain of custody; log in property and evidence from temporary storage using computerized evidence management system; transport and submit evidence to outside labs for analysis; prepare items for online auction; destruction and/or release of items; process items for secondary evidence.
  • Write reports, run criminal histories, conduct ATF traces.
  • Court Preparation: Research cases and prepare court documents, including case files. Prepare copies of items for investigators, officers and attorneys. Testify in court.
  • Respond to requests by City Secretary's office.
  • Communicate Effectively: Work in cooperation with outside agencies including local, county, state, and federal agencies and others. Meet and effectively communicate with citizens, victims, witnesses and/or suspects as required. Conduct training for officers, prepare instructional manuals as needed.
  • Maintain certifications and knowledge of current state and federal laws.
  • Execute audits, inspections, and inventories of property and evidence.
  • Inventory and maintain necessary supplies required to perform job duties.


Qualified candidates will have EITHER:
  • A high school diploma (or GED) or Associate's Degree AND 2 years' experience managing property and evidence or dealing with confidential records and information management.
  • OR
  • A Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, forensic or a natural science or otherwise related field of study, AND at least 1-year experience managing property and evidence or dealing with confidential records and information management.
  • Crime scene investigation experience with a law enforcement agency is preferred.

  • Texas Association of Property and Evidence Inventory Technicians certification or ability to obtain within 12 months of employment.
  • International Association for Identification certification as a Crime Scene Investigator (Level I) or ability to obtain within 24 months of employment.
  • Valid Texas Driver License and ability to drive City vehicles.
In addition, qualified candidates will have the following knowledge, skills and abilities (acquired through education or experience) of:
  • General law enforcement codes, practices and methods.
  • Knowledge of all laws applicable to handling and taking inventory of property/evidence and effective property management and documentation, including: intake, storage, research cases, removal of property/evidence, transfer of property/evidence, filing of paperwork.
  • Ability to use a database to maintain information for all property/evidence collected.
  • Ability to use forensic and/or scientific equipment and methods in a laboratory setting and at crime scenes. Knowledge of research techniques, including basic principles of chemistry and biology. Skills to operate a variety of tools and equipment including, but not limited to: camera, bar code scanner, chop saw, generator, small power tools, hand tools, fuming chamber/tanks, and metal detectors.
  • Ability to work with deceased persons, biohazardous situations, processing chemicals and reagents, weapons, and other potential hazards.

Our objective is to select a person having the abilities and skills to: perform data analysis and accurate reporting of data and information in an unbiased manner; utilize software applications as they relate to reporting and analysis of data, and effective use of tracking property/evidence; prepare documents without errors in grammar, spelling or punctuation; remain organized and prioritize work; use time effectively to accomplish tasks; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; interact professionally with the public and public/private officials; and work closely and harmoniously with others to accomplish tasks. This person will be able to: research, compile and summarize a variety of informational and statistical data; make independent judgments and manage multiple projects; establish and maintain effective working relationships within the organization; maintain confidential information; and follow oral and written directions.

Majority of time is spent between non-climate controlled outdoor storage unit and indoor climate-controlled evidence storeroom; frequently works outdoors investigating crime scenes. Occasionally works in biohazardous, malodorous, poorly lit and extreme climate conditions.

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How to apply: Apply online

Posted: May 7, 2018

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