Employment Opportunity

Forensic Supervisor

Suffolk Police Department, Suffolk, Virginia

Salary: $51,470.00 - $66,138.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: August 19, 2018

Under limited supervision, performs technical and coordinating work to collect, preserve, analyze and process evidence associated with crimes under investigation by the City Police Department. Work involves preparation of statistics and reports, ordering equipment and supplies, and training new employees in crime scene processing techniques. Interacts with investigators, line supervisors, other law enforcement agencies, and the general public. Provides supervision and guidance to assigned personnel.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Investigates crime scenes committed in the City; examines scene for evidence collection; photographs evidence; transports and submits evidence to the laboratory; analyzes evidence; informs officers of examination results.
  • Supervises assigned technicians and subordinates personnel; instructs; assigns and reviews work; maintains standards through the effective coordination of activities; allocates personnel; acts on employee problems; selects new employees; provides recommendations regarding promotions and disciplinary action.
  • Work as Quality Manager and Technical Manager of the Forensic Unit.
  • Develops latent prints at the scene; develops and processes latent prints in the laboratory; mixes chemicals for latent development; maintains and files latents and 10-print cards of arrested persons, both juvenile and adult; analyzes latent prints; operates AFIS system.
  • Maintains inventory of related supplies; orders supplies and materials as needed.
  • Operates related equipment including alternate light source, metal detector, electrostatic dust lifter, DSLR camera, digital forensic computer, cell phone extraction device, laboratory equipment, and various computer software programs.
  • Attends autopsies and gathers evidence.
  • Performs related administrative tasks; prepares reports and correspondence; tracks leave time; answers calls and provides information as needed; files documents and information.
  • Provides crime scene processing training for new employees, including Evidence Technicians and sworn officers.
  • Administers proficiency testing of employees.
  • Must be able to provide credible testimony in a court of law.
  • Provides customer service and answers questions as needed; may speak and teach at public functions.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Typical Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in Forensic Science, Criminal Justice, Science, or related field with a minimum of three to five years of experience as a forensic technician with specific experience in forensics and fingerprint examination and knowledge of legal and medical terminology; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.
Supplemental Information
  • Knowledge of the policies, procedures, and activities of the City and or departmental law enforcement practices as they pertain to the performance of the duties of the Evidence Technician position.
  • Knowledge of the requirements of a forensic technician and forensic supervisor and is able to perform all physical and verbal tasks as required
  • Knowledge of the policies and procedures affecting the activities of the position and can perform all tasks within established procedure.
  • Ability to conduct investigations of criminal situations to gather evidence.
  • Ability and knowledge required to process, analyze, and secure evidence.
  • Knowledge the principles of supervising a work group and is able to provide effective supervision, training and leadership to assigned personnel.
  • Knowledgeable of the abilities of assigned employees and is able to determine if tasks can be completed as required.
  • Knowledge of the terminology, principles, and methods utilized in field forensics.
  • Knowledge of chemical processing techniques and sequencing orders in the CSI Laboratory.
  • Knowledge of how to keep abreast of any changes in policy, methods, administrative changes, or related operations updates as they pertain to departmental operations and activities.
  • Ability to evaluate, audit, deduce, and/or assess data using established criteria. Includes exercising discretion in determining actual or probable consequences and in referencing such evaluation to identify and select alternatives.
  • Ability to apply principles of persuasion and/or influence over others in a supervisory capacity.
  • Ability to read and evaluate a variety of reports, informational and technical documentation, directions, instructions, and methods and procedures.
  • Ability to write reports with proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar, using all parts of speech. Requires the ability to speak with and before others with poise, voice control, and confidence using correct English and well-modulated voice.
  • Ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations involving evaluation of information against measurable or verifiable criteria
  • Ability to utilize a wide variety of reference, descriptive, and/or advisory data and information.
  • Ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; the ability to calculate decimals and percentages; the ability to utilize principles of fractions; and the ability to interpret graphs.
  • Ability to inspect items for proper length, width, and shape, visually with job-related equipment.
  • Ability to deal with people beyond giving and receiving instructions. Must be adaptable to performing under minimal stress when confronted with an emergency.
  • Ability to effectively communicate and interact with subordinates, co-workers, supervisors and members of the general public, and all other groups involved in the activities of the department.
  • Ability to assemble information and make written reports and documents in a concise, clear, and effective manner.
  • Ability to use independent judgment and work with little direct supervision as situations warrant.
  • Ability to perform required calculations and statistics.
  • Knowledge and proficiency with computers and software programs typically utilized in the position.
  • Ability to read, understand, and interpret technical reports and related materials.
  • Have knowledge in policy writing and ISO standards relating to field forensics.
  • Have knowledge in bloodborne pathogens and direct employees on exposure cases.
  • Have knowledge in latent print examinations and related techniques.
  • Ability to stay up to date in field forensics and equipment available.

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Posted: August 1, 2018

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