Employment Opportunity

Forensic Services Technician

Winston-Salem Police Department, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Salary: $34,030.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: May 23, 2018

Performs responsible technical and investigative work involving the identification, gathering, and preservation of evidence; does related work as required. Work is performed under general supervision.

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Must work varied shifts to include holidays, nights, and weekends; operates crime scene response vehicles in normal and adverse weather conditions; responds to and initiates radio communications; documents scenes and evidence through forensic photography/videography; identifies, collects, and preserves evidence utilizing appropriate forensic techniques; locates, preserves and/or lifts latent prints from physical evidence; maintains chain of custody for evidence; prepares detailed sketches and diagrams of crime scenes; obtain post-mortem finger and palm prints to establish identity; searches files to identify suspects; operates numerous computer based systems; performs administrative tasks; prepares evidence for court presentations; presenting courtroom testimony in District, State, and Federal Courts; prepares photographic line-up and images for viewing; maintains detailed filing systems and records; prepares detailed investigative and supplemental case reports of activities and investigations; effectively communicates with investigators, court personnel, suspects, and citizens; administers chemical analysis for alcohol concentration; updates demographic information, obtains photographic images and fingerprints of persons charged with criminal offenses; maintains confidentiality; remains abreast of technological and procedural advances in forensic related disciplines.


  • Minimum of Associates Degree in forensic science, biology, chemistry, criminal justice, or closely related field from an accredited institution or a combination of high school graduate/GED and work experience in a closely related field.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • General knowledge of methods and standards employed in forensic science; general knowledge of rules of evidence; general knowledge of photography; ability to maintain confidentiality; ability to follow complex oral and written directions; ability to use all issued equipment at the required level of proficiency; ability to communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing; ability to present clear and concise testimony in court; ability to work independently in the absence of direct supervision; basic knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet programs.
  • Adequate physical agility and endurance to carry out duties to include climbing, standing, crawling, kneeling; sitting, etc. for extended lengths of time.
  • Constant light to moderate lifting.
  • Exposure to bloodborne pathogens; exposure to dust/dirt, fumes, smoke, adverse sights and smells, adverse weather conditions; extreme heights and environments; and confined spaces.
Supplemental Information:
  • Possession of a valid North Carolina driver's license.
  • Successful completion of the City of Winston-Salem driver's license course and all related drivers training requirements.
  • Permit issued by Department of Health and Human Services to administer chemical analysis.
  • Ability to obtain medical and departmental approval for respirator use.

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Posted: May 11, 2018

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