Crime Scene Specialist I

City of Phoenix - Phoenix, AZ4.3

Interested and qualified applicants should also apply for the following:

Crime Scene Specialist II ($38,938 - $ 57,138) Job Code #29614

The Phoenix Police Department Laboratory Services Bureau is a nationally accredited forensic laboratory that provides technical assistance and training, evaluates and analyzes evidence, interprets results and provides expert testimony related to the full spectrum of physical evidence recovered from crime scenes. The scientific procedures utilized by the laboratory have the potential for linking a suspect to a crime, victim, or a scene.

The Crime Scene Specialist I position provides technical support to Police Officers and Forensic Scientists in analyzing, photographing, collecting, and preserving physical evidence. Crime Scene Specialists photograph and record crime scenes showing correlation between evidence and scene, and perform various analytical techniques such as chemical and photographic processes in the field and / or laboratory to analyze, develop, and preserve evidence. Work is performed in the field, including crime scenes, at the Medical Examiner’s Office, and in the Laboratory.

Crime Scene Specialists differ from Forensic Scientists in that they are involved in collecting and processing evidence from crime scenes and Forensic Scientists utilize science in a laboratory environment to process controlled substances, toxicology, etc.

Positions in the Police Department must meet the polygraph and background standards that are appropriate to non-sworn positions. The general factors for disqualification are listed at

This recruitment may be used by any department for any current or future vacancies over the life of the eligible list.


First review of applications will occur the week of December 17, 2018. Recruitment will close when we have received a sufficient number of qualified applications.


$17.17 (minimum) - $24.92 (maximum) hourly / $35,714 - $51,834 annually.

Candidates may be hired above the minimum depending upon qualifications.

A comprehensive benefits package is offered which includes traditional pension with employer and employee contributions; choice of medical HMO, PPO, or HSA plan; dental; vision; life insurance; long-term disability; 401(a) and 457 plans; medical enrollment includes a monthly $150 City contribution to a Post-Employment Health Plan; bus/light rail pass; tuition reimbursement program; paid time off includes 11.5 paid holidays, 12 vacation days, and 15 sick days. For more details, visit: Unit 3 Benefits


One year in crime scene processing or photography OR an associate’s degree in criminal justice, chemistry, or a related field.
Reminder: Positions in the Police Department must meet the polygraph and background standards that are appropriate to non-sworn positions. The general factors for disqualification are listed at
Candidates will be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related physical tasks as part of the Police Department’s selection process.
Working irregular hours, second and/or third shifts, weekends, holidays, callout and evenings may be required. Some vacancies occur on second / third shift.
Requires working outside in a variety of environmental extremes such as heat, cold, rain, air pollution, and dust.
Requires walking for prolonged periods which may include walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces.
This is a driving position. For positions requiring the use of personal or City vehicles on City business: individuals must be physically capable of operating the vehicles safely, possess an appropriate valid Arizona driver’s license, possess personal insurance coverage, and have an acceptable driving record.
The City job description can be found here.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS – The job requirements listed above, plus:

Associates degree in a criminal justice, natural science degree (i.e., Biology, Chemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Forensic Science), criminalistics, or a closely related field.
Crime Scene Certification through the International Association for Identification (IAI).

Apply online by completing the required information and attaching, as one document, your cover letter and resume. Please include your experience as it relates to the qualifications stated above. Only the highest qualified may be posted to the eligible to hire list.

YOUR COVER LETTER AND RESUME, PLUS ANY OTHER REQUESTED MATERIAL, MUST BE IN ONE ATTACHMENT. Only online applications are accepted for this position. The results of the resume screening process will be sent to your primary email address.


All finalists for positions are subject to a criminal background check applicable to the department or position.
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Crime Scene Specialist, JC: 62800, ID# 29613, 12/2/18, 6 mos, DD, Benefits: 03

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