Pflugerville - Crime Scene Technician

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Department Pflugerville Police Department
Job TitleCrime Scene Technician
Registration Fee$20.00
Location Pflugerville, TX

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Job Title: Property Crime Scene Technician

Job Purpose

Supports the Department mission by supporting the investigative process with crime scene support.  Performs lab analysis of incoming evidence and ensures that all evidence is submitted to the appropriate laboratory within statute guidelines.  Also supports the Department by performing handling and dispositioning of evidence per statute to protect the integrity of the evidence. 

Job Scope

May direct the activities of other co-workers with regard to employing best practices with regard to crime scene investigation techniques.  Exercises considerable independent judgment and initiative. Is vested with moderate decision-making latitude within parameters prescribed by the department’s policies, procedures, and guidelines.  Interfaces frequently with the general public; state, federal, and county law enforcement agencies; municipal court personnel and police departments of other municipalities; and department personnel.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

1.       Store and retrieve all property and evidence collected, seized, or kept by the police department assuring a continuous chain of custody.

2.       Maintain all records related to property and evidence.

3.       Maintain asset inventory for the police department.

4.       Manage the delivery of evidence to and from court, laboratories, prosecutor's offices and other locations.

5.       Maintain knowledge of the law and policies regarding the management, including the process for final disposition of evidence and property.

6.       Respond to crime scenes to document and process, utilizing notes, photographs, and sketches.

7.       Process the scene and collect relevant physical evidence in support of the investigation, to include, but not limited to, biological, fingerprint and trace evidence.

8.         Assure that evidence is collected and stored according to best practices.

9.       Perform laboratory analysis of incoming evidence utilizing best practices. 

10.    Write accurate and concise reports regarding the actions taken at the scene.

11.    Provide technical support and training, pertaining to crime scene investigation and evidence and property handling, for all divisions within the Police Department.

12.    Arrange for abandoned or forfeited property and evidence to go to auction.

13.   Testify as required in court regarding the results of analysis and examination of physical evidence.

Non-essential Duties & Responsibilities

14.    Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge/Skill Requirements

  • Knowledge of general municipal police operations, City and Departmental Policies and Procedures, all appropriate laws, including city ordinances, use and care of city equipment, and contemporary forensic related technologies, methods, and best practices.
  • General office knowledge and skills including, but not limited to, contemporary computer skills in word processing, data collection systems and related software, spread-sheets and specialized programs utilized by the department.
  • Knowledge of court procedures relating to handling and storage of evidence as well as legal guidelines pertaining to the maintenance and control of evidence; records management and inventory techniques; occupational hazards and safety practices; and pertinent Federal, State and Local laws, codes and regulations including those related to the safekeeping and disposition of property and evidence.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, other agencies, officials, and general public; analyze situations and develop quick, effective and reasonable courses of action that comply with law and policy; communicate effectively in all mediums; and perform all computer tasks effectively and maintain acceptable operational knowledge of standard software programs utilized by the department.  

Education/Experience/Certification Qualifications

  • Valid Texas driver’s license.
  • Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, forensic or related field.
  • Experience can be substituted for education up to four years.
  • Experience in a crime scene or evidence related field is preferred. 
Physical Job Requirements
  • Verbal and written communications.
  • Occasional strenuous activity, including running, jumping, climbing, lifting and carrying up to 50 lbs., or any other physical activity required to effectively complete the assigned task.
  • Extended periods of sitting, driving a vehicle or at a crime scene.
  • Operation of city vehicle and other work-related equipment.
  • Satisfactory physical, psychiatric, and drug testing results, as prescribed by department standards.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
  • Occasional strenuous activity, including running, jumping, climbing, lifting and carrying, or any other physical activity required to effectively complete the assigned task.
Working Conditions
  • Both indoors and outdoors; possibly in extreme weather conditions.
  • Work may be conducted under stressful or hazardous conditions.
  • From time-to-time, the safe handling of Hazardous Materials or Bio Hazard Materials maybe required.
  • Typically work a 40 hour week as determined by the supervisor. Work shifts may include weekends and holidays; overtime may be required; on-call schedule is mandatory.

Jobs close at 11:59 PM (Eastern) on the deadline date specified, or when the position capacity has been met, or unless otherwise specified in the announcement. If the deadline date is not specified in the announcement, the agency has sole discretion on setting the deadline and jobs may close without notice. It is the applicant's responsibility to thoroughly read and understand the deadline requirements and capacity limits as outlined by the agency.

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