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The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office has an opening for a Crime Scene Technician

Job CVCT1 Bargaining Unit Union
Class Title Crime Scene Technician Bureau Law Enforcement
Pay Grade Starting Salary $34,634.00 Division Criminal Investigations
Grade Civilian Section Forensics
FLSA Status Non-Exempt EEO Category    Technician
Safety Sensitive position  yes


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Job Summary
A Crime Scene Technician’s main function is to collect, preserve, package, transport, and document evidence located at the scene of a crime.  The work is performed under the supervision of the Crime Scene Supervisor.  This position is considered essential under the CCSO Emergency Plan
Job Summary
A Crime Scene Technician’s main function is to collect, preserve, package, transport, and document evidence located at the scene of a crime.  The work is performed under the supervision of the Crime Scene Supervisor.  This position is considered essential under the CCSO Emergency Plan
Essential Job Functions
  • Conducts crime scene investigations to locate, identify, preserve, photograph and prepare collected evidence to establish and maintain chain-of-custody and for submission to crime laboratories for analysis.
  • Performs related work as required.
  • Photographs crime scenes and evidence with still and/or video cameras.
  • Prepares crime scene sketches by hand or by utilizing computer-aided drafting (CAD) to record all evidence location and reference points.
  • Attends autopsies to photograph, collect, document and package evidence obtained from decedent such as hair, fibers, clothing, finger, foot or palm prints, fingernails, and body fluids.
  • Locates, develops, preserves and collects latent prints at crime scenes using fuming techniques, powders, chemicals, photographic techniques, and alternate light sources.
  • Prepares cast impressions of footwear, tool, and tire impressions, for later analysis and comparison.
  • Testifies in depositions and court proceedings on the methods and procedures utilized at crime scene investigations and evidence obtained during investigative process.
  • Prepares crime scene investigation reports to document findings and involvement.

Collects and packages items of evidence for processing either at the Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Lab or at other labs, such as the FDLE Lab.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Basic knowledge of forensic sciences and the laboratory techniques required to identify and analyze evidence.
  • Ability to understand and carry out technical instructions.
  • Ability to learn friction ridge skin prints identification.  
  • Ability to compile and analyze data or facts, determine their significance and prepare clear, concise technical reports. Ability to organize, evaluate and present findings and information effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with employees, other units of the Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies. Ability to operate all equipment listed in the EQUIPMENT USED section.
  • Knowledge of photographic techniques and process.
  • Ability to maintain crime scene logs, records, reports.
  • Knowledge of the current developments and technical literature in the field of criminal investigation and forensic sciences.
  • Basic knowledge of the methods, processes and techniques of photography and photographic development.
  • Knowledge of office practices and procedures and routine office supplies and equipment and their use.
  • Knowledge of filing and basic record keeping. Ability and willingness to conduct crime scene processing and investigations, including performing tasks involving cadavers in various states of decomposition.

Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Ability to identify discrepancies or inaccuracies in data and make corrections.

Education or Equivalent Experience Required
An Associate Degree in physical sciences or Forensic related sciences from accredited college or university, or combination of vocational-technical school degree/certificate level courses and experience as a crime scene technician is preferred. Possession of a valid driver’s license. Must not be on any of the following types of probationary status: performance or disciplinary probation.
Equipment Used
Crime Scene Vehicle / Radio / Cellular Phone / First Aid Kit / CPR Mask / Flashlight / Fire Extinguisher / Fingerprint Kit / Digital camera / Video Camera / Plaster Casting Materials / Personal Protective Equipment / Alternate Light Sources / Chemicals and Processes Involved in Latent Print Development / Computer and Related Software – Copy Machine / Telephone.
Physical Effort Required
Driving a vehicle; getting in and out of the vehicle. Walking, standing, bending or twisting neck, bending or twisting at the waist, stooping, sitting, repetitive hand motion, simple grasping with one hand (45 minutes to 1 hour per event per shift.) Kneeling, crawling , climbing, squatting, reaching above or below shoulder height, pushing/pulling with one hand, power grasping with one hand and fine hand manipulations (both hands) (15 minutes up to 1 hour per event per shift). Lifting objects up to 50 pounds. Operating equipment, such as cameras, computers and the fingerprint comparator, that requires some manual dexterity and visual acuity
Working Conditions
Typical office or similar setting which is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated. The work environment exposes the member to excessive noise in traffic and inclement weather, such as rain and extreme heat and cold. Must be capable of performing physical labor in an outdoor environment for an extended period of time with exposure to mosquitoes, flies, insects, evidence processing chemicals and fumes, and photographic/darkroom chemicals and fumes. Work requires handling human tissues or fluids or physical evidence having potential biological, chemical or radiological hazard or contamination, or use chemicals, processes, or materials that may have carcinogenic or health-damaging properties. Must be able and willing to work days, nights, weekends, holidays or other necessary times required in the emergency operations. Must be able and willing to be on a rotating scheduled on call status, which will require member to respond to a crime scene during their off duty hours while on call.
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, marital status, national origin, gender, religion, Vietnam or disabled veteran status, age or disability in employment or the provision of services.  

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