About Position

Conduct major crime scene investigations to locate, identify, preserve, photograph, and prepare evidence for submission to crime laboratories for analysis.

Duties & Responsibilities

Note: Depending on assigned responsibilities, employees may perform some or all of the duties below.

  • Conduct crime scene investigations to locate, identify, preserve, photograph, and prepare collected evidence to establish and maintain the chain of custody and for the submission to crime laboratories for analysis.
  • Photograph and videotape major crime scenes using digital cameras and video cameras with digital imagery.
  • Prepare cast impressions of footwear, tool, and tire impressions for later analysis and comparison.
  • Locate, develop, preserve, and collect latent prints at crime scenes using fuming techniques, powders, chemicals, photographic techniques, and alternate light sources.
  • Prepare crime scene sketches by hand or by utilizing computer aided drafting (CAD) to record all evidence location and reference points.
  • Attend autopsies to photograph, collect, document, and package evidence obtained from decedents such as hair, fibers, clothing, finger, foot or palm prints, fingernails, and body fluids.
  • Testify in depositions and court proceedings on the methods and procedures used at crime scene investigations and evidence obtained during the investigative process.
  • Prepare crime scene investigation reports to document findings and involvement.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge of crime scene investigations principles, practices, methods, and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of federal, state, and county criminal laws and ordinances pertaining to the collection and use of physical evidence.
  • Working knowledge of the fingerprint identification and preservation principles, practices, methods, and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of the functions, services, procedures, and regulations of the assigned division.
  • Working knowledge of photography practices and techniques.
  • Working knowledge of court proceedings and testimony.
  • Skill in collecting and preserving physical evidence for laboratory analysis.
  • Skill in operating photographic and fingerprint development and collection equipment.
  • Ability and willingness to conduct crime scene processing and investigations including performing tasks involving cadavers in various states of decomposition.
  • Ability to prioritize work.
  • Ability to follow established procedures.
  • Ability to work effectively with others.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to collect, organize, and evaluate data and develop logical conclusions.
  • Ability and willingness to work with minute details over extended time periods.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.
  • Ability to handle confidential information.
  • Ability to prepare records and maintain reports.
  • Ability to read a road map.
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions.
  • Ability to climb, bend, stoop, kneel, or crouch at ground level.
  • Ability to carry up to 60 pounds.
  • Ability and willingness to work outside in a subtropical climate under adverse weather conditions.
  • Ability to traverse uneven terrain, wooden, and marshy areas.
  • Ability to work nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.

Required Minimum Education & Experience

  • A high school diploma or possession of a GED certificate.
  • Six years of crime scene investigation experience with a law enforcement agency.
OR
  • An associate's degree from an accredited institution of higher education with a major in biology, chemistry, criminal justice, crime scene technology, forensic science, or related field.
  • Three years of crime scene investigation experience with a law enforcement agency.
OR
  • A bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education with a major in biology, chemistry, criminal justice, crime scene technology, forensic science or related field.
  • One year experience of crime scene investigation experience with a law enforcement agency.
OR
  • Successful completion of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigator Trainee status.

Preferred Education & Experience

  • Proficiency using a radio, ten codes, lasers, alternate light sources, camera, ground penetrating radar, and FARO 3d Scan System.
  • Possession of a Crime Scene Certificate.

Additional Job Requirements

  • Depending on assignment, employees may be required to possess a valid Florida Driver License at time of employment. Driving history will be thoroughly reviewed and may be grounds for disqualification.
  • No visible tattoos on face. Tattoos on hands, neck, or arms must be covered with white, black, or neutral colored covering.
  • No illegal drug sale within lifetime.
  • No illegal drug use within the past 36 months. No marijuana use within the last 24 months.
  • No felony convictions within lifetime.
  • No misdemeanor convictions involving perjury, false statement, or domestic violence within lifetime.
  • No dishonorable discharge from any branch of the United States Armed Forces, the United States Coast Guard, National Guard, or Reserve Forces.
  • Successful completion of a criminal background investigation including polygraph; reference, employment, and neighborhood checks; medical evaluation; and drug screening.

We believe that diversity and inclusion among our applicants and employees is critical to our success as a community partner. We seek to offer employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, physical/mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, and military/veteran status. We proudly recognize veterans' preference and are committed to a drug-free and tobacco-free workplace. Job information is updated daily at noon.