Crime Scene Technician I

Commerce City - Commerce City, CO3.8

General Purpose
Commerce City, a dynamic, diverse community with a growing future, places great emphasis on providing a safe environment to residents and members of the industrial and business sector, and enthusiastically acknowledges the essential contribution and dedication of the police officers of the Commerce City Police Department.

The Commerce City Police Department fosters and actively engages in community-based policing initiatives that promote a standard of excellence in providing police services in Commerce City and the region. The Commerce City Police Department is hiring the most qualified candidates who can demonstrate the personal character and competency that will contribute to the Department's success. The most qualified candidates will be dedicated to service of others over self, will have experience or an articulable understanding of the community-based policing philosophy, can demonstrate their ability to communicate and problem solve effectively, and can work collaboratively in a team environment.

As a Crime Scene Technician I you will perform basic crime scene investigations for the Department through the collection and preservation of patent and latent evidence, and documenting of crime scenes. You will offer expert opinion on forensic value internally and in courtroom testimony.

Applicants must complete an online application to be considered for the position. Incomplete applications will not be considered, which includes answering questions using language such as "see resume". Resumes and cover letters may be submitted as attachments, but cannot be used to supplement completing any sections in the online application. Applicants are encouraged to provide accurate information in all documentation, as the City verifies all information for each applicant at various stages of the process. Applicants that are successful in completing the first phase of the selection process will be asked to submit a Personal History Questionnaire to complement their job application prior to being assigned to a background investigation. Applicants may be required to submit official transcripts as a part of the background investigation.

Qualified Applicants will be required to complete several stages of testing and interviews, and pass a rigorous background investigation, job suitability assessment and Chief's interview. From the Application Review to the hiring date may take up to 8 weeks.


Application Review
Integrity Interview
Oral Board Assessment
CVSA Examination
Job Suitability Assessment
Personal History Questionnaire
Background Investigation
Pre-employment Drug Screening
Pre-employment CJIS Testing and Fingerprints
Final Interview
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Responds to and documents criminal and non-criminal scenes through written descriptions, sketches, measurements, scale photography, videography and computer-based reconstruction tools.
Assists detectives and officers in the collection and preservation of evidence.
Processes crime scenes independently to locate, document, collect, preserve, and analyze patent and latent evidence.
Collects non-testimonial evidence, including hairs, fibers, saliva, blood and other body fluids from victims, suspects and dead bodies.
Photographs suspects and victims of crime and documents procedures.
Uses a digital SLR camera to document evidence, to include nighttime or low-light photography and manipulation of settings for ideal exposure.
Makes digital copies of audio and video records and evidence.
Attends post-mortem examinations and works with medical examiner or Coroner staff to document results and collect and preserve relevant evidence.
Packages property and evidence for safe storage in the property and evidence storage facility.
Collects state mandated fingerprints for City employees, sex offenders and other civil requests.
Prepares detailed reports of activities performed during laboratory and scene investigations.
Provides testimony on forensic investigation and laboratory techniques in criminal and administrative hearings.
Submits physical evidence to appropriate accredited forensic laboratories.
Maintains photography and crime scene equipment on a regular schedule.
Maintains confidentiality of information consistent with applicable city and county, state, and federal rules and regulations.
Provides training to officers and detectives on the collection and preservation of patent and latent evidence.
Prepares graphic representations and scale drawings for criminal and non-criminal investigations.
Works a rotating on-call schedule, and responds, at times, to investigations while off duty or not on-call.
Attends classes and training sessions to improve and develop knowledge, skills, abilities and expertise within one or more forensic disciplines.
Models City values at all times during the course of employment, to include Integrity, Collaboration, Innovation, Respect and Excellence.
Performs other duties as assigned
Minimum Qualifications

Must be at least 21 years of age
Must have earned a Bachelor's degree in Forensic Science or related field from a nationally accredited college or university
Must have a minimum of six (6) months of work experience in crime scene investigations, including photography, fingerprinting, and latent print development, or similar work in a crime scene investigation related field
Must qualify for FBI certification to access the Criminal Justice Information System, which includes no felony convictions
Must possess a valid Colorado driver's license with a good driving record
An equivalent combination of additional post-graduate education and related crime scene investigation experience may be considered.

More than one year of crime scene investigative experience is preferred.
Application for IAI certification as a Crime Scene Technician or Investigator I is required within the one-year probationary period.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of property and evidence handling, storage, and security.
Knowledge of crime scene investigative and identification procedures.
Advanced knowledge of photography, and evidence collection and preservation methods and procedures.
Knowledge of forensic methods and procedures, and what can be expected from forensic testing.
Knowledge of reports and records that must be prepared, processed and maintained to meet the requirements of the department and other criminal justice organizations.
Knowledge of the policies, procedures, practices, and activities of the police department as they pertain to the Crime Scene Technician duties.
Knowledge of municipal, state and federal laws as they pertain to the Crime Scene Technician duties.
Knowledge of proper handling procedures regarding protection, collection and storage of hazardous or biological materials in compliance with MSDS/SDS and department policy.
Ability to earn and maintain relevant crime scene and evidence certifications.
Skill in latent processing, evidence collection, crime scene photography, and other crime scene duties.
Skill in operating equipment and tools necessary in the performance of the Crime Scene Technician duties.
Skill in the use of police radios and interview room recording equipment.
Excellent customer service skills.
Ability to work effectively and exercise discretion in stressful or emergency situations.
Ability to compile, organize, prepare and maintain an assortment of records, reports and information.
Ability to estimate time, materials, and supplies required to complete various tasks related to crime scene investigations and evidence processing.
Ability to prioritize work assignments and complete duties in a timely manner under deadlines.
Ability to work in extreme weather conditions of heat, cold, dust, smoke, and other weather conditions.
Ability to understand and respect the roles played by various members of an investigative team.
Ability to stay current with rapidly evolving tools and practices as applied in forensic science.
Ability to effectively communicate complex technical information, both verbally and in writing, using Standard English, including medical and legal terminology.
Equipment Used, Work Environment and Physical Activities
Driving: Drives a city or personal vehicle in the normal course of business
Office equipment: Daily use of computer, keyboard, copier, scanner, printer, calculator, phone (desk and cell). Daily use of software programs including Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook, Word, Excel
Other equipment: Plotter printer, digital photo/video camera, lighting equipment, fume hoods, microscopes, interview room equipment, measurement devices, crime scene equipment.
Physical activities: Sits for long periods of time; moderate physical activity that may include walking, standing, stooping, bending, reaching, lifting and carrying; requires the ability to maintain body equilibrium when bending, stooping, crouching, climbing, reaching, crawling and/or stretching arms, legs, or other parts of the body, and to physically maneuver over, under and/or upon various terrain, surfaces or physical structures.
Lifting: Lift or carry up to 40 pounds, independently; and, lift/move (with assistance) up to 300 pounds from one location to another.
Vision and hearing: Must be able to differentiate between colors and shades of color and have depth perception. Must have visual acuity to see and read paper and electronic documents. Must be able to answer telephones, communicate conversation and respond to verbal inquires
Exposure to environmental conditions: Work will be performed indoors and outdoors and may be exposed to heat, cold, odors, toxic agents, noise, vibrations, smoke, wetness, humidity, dusts, disease, weapons, explosives, bodily or biological fluids, intense light, electrical currents, human cadavers of varying physical conditions
Schedule: Position generally scheduled Monday – Friday; requires after hour, evening and/or weekend commitments and events; will be required to be available for on-call duty
Additional working conditions: May be exposed to work settings that vary in convenience and comfort

NOTE: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications. Employees are accountable for all duties associated with this position.