Performs technical work gathering, processing, and preserving evidence at crime scenes in support of law enforcement activities. Position also prepares written reports and testifies in a court of law regarding crime scene investigation results. Work is performed under the moderate supervision of the Criminal Investigation Division Lieutenant. Crime Scene Technicians are subject to on-call and work a variety of shifts and days of the week.
Essential Duties of the Position
The following duties are those considered most essential to the position. This does not preclude the delegation of other duties considered as necessary by management to successfully complete an assignment or project.
- Responds to and participates in crime scene investigations including searching for, identifying and evaluating physical evidence.
- Documents crime scene through photographing, sketching, and recording the collection of physical evidence.
- Collects related evidence at crime scenes including fingerprints, impressions, and other trace evidence on scene.
- Assists with crime scene reconstruction as needed.
- Responds to area hospitals and the Medical Examiner’s Office to document and collect evidence.
- Collects, packages and transports evidence while maintaining integrity of evidence and chain of custody for submission to the property and evidence technician.
- Prepares and transmits items of evidence that require certified laboratory analysis to CMPD, the State Bureau of Investigation and/or the Federal Bureau of Investigation Crime Laboratories.
- Collects evidence as it comes back from the lab; ensures appropriate authorities have proper paperwork from the lab(s).
- Prepare written reports including all relevant information to use in the courtroom and provides testimony as needed.
- Maintains crime scene equipment and supplies, and stocks evidence room.
- Maintains and operates crime scene van to respond to crime scenes.
- Provides training and demonstrations in the proper identification, collection and submission of evidence to staff and external entities as needed.
- Assist property and evidence technician as needed.
- Performs other duties as apparent or assigned.
Minimum Required Education and Experience
Knowledge of the latest methods and techniques of crime scene investigation and documentation; latent fingerprint collection and processing; pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations related to the classification, collection and preservation of evidence. Knowledge of related safety and maintenance procedures for collection of evidence. General knowledge of operational procedures of police records computer system; general knowledge of standard office equipment and procedures including database and word processing computer applications; ability to plan and organize multiple tasks, to prioritize tasks and to meet deadlines; ability to communicate effectively in oral and written forms; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates and the general public.
Associate degree with coursework in criminal justice, evidence collection and/or analysis, or other related fields; or HS Diploma/GED and 1-3 years of experience with sworn law enforcement crime scene investigation or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Possession of an appropriate driver’s license valid in the State of North Carolina. Certification in or ability to obtain Intoxilyzer Operator and Public Notary certifications.
This work requires the occasional exertion of up to 50 pounds of force; worker is frequently speaking or hearing, using hands to finger, handle or feel and reaching with hands and arms and occasionally requires standing, walking, sitting, climbing or balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling, pushing or pulling, lifting and repetitive motions; work requires distance vision, depth perception, color perception, night vision and peripheral vision; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels; work requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data, visual inspection involving small defects and/or small parts, use of measuring devices, assembly or fabrication of parts within arms length, operating machines, operating motor vehicles or equipment and observing general surroundings and activities; work frequently requires exposure to outdoor weather conditions and occasionally requires exposure to extreme cold (non-weather), exposure to extreme heat (non-weather) and exposure to bloodborne pathogens and may be required to wear specialized personal protective equipment; work is generally in a moderately noisy location.
TOWN OF HUNTERSVILLE EMPLOYEE BENEFITS
The Town of Huntersville offers its full-time employees the following benefits. Except where indicated, the Town pays the full cost of each benefit.
- Medical insurance for the employee / dependent coverage is offered
- Dental insurance for the employee / dependent coverage is offered
- Life insurance policy – two times annual salary with a cap of $250,000
- Long-term disability coverage (60% of salary – up to $5,000 per month)
- 401K plan with a 5% salary contribution by the Town and optional contribution by employee
- Membership in the NC Local Governmental Employees Retirement System with a contribution by the Town and required employee contribution of 6%
- Corporate fitness membership at Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics Center – employee pays $4.62 per biweekly pay period or family option for $13.85 per biweekly pay period.
- Employee assistance program – 6 free visits per employee with McLaughlin Young
- Monthly vacation accrual of 6.67 hours, and 8 hours per month of sick leave for civilian employees. Monthly vacation accrual of 7 hours, and 8.4 hours of sick leave per month for sworn employees.
- Holidays: New Year's, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and the day after, and three workdays at Christmas.
In addition, the Town makes available the following optional benefits:
- Short-term disability
- Additional voluntary vision coverage
- Additional voluntary term life coverage
- Medical and dependent care flexible spending accounts
Are you able to work weekends, holidays, on call, or other irregular hours?
Due to the sensitive and confidential nature of working with in the Huntersville Police Department, I understand that this application is one step in the hiring process. Additional information will be requested and required from me including an extensive background review, a polygraph test, fingerprinting, drug screening and a psychological screening. I acknowledge that I have read, understood, and agree to the above statement.