Crime Scene Investigator Trainee
- Job Code: W2756
- Pay Grade:WM
- Pay Scale:$20.91-$37.84 Hourly; $43,492.80-$78,707.20 Annually
Learn to conduct major crime scene investigations to locate, identify, preserve, photograph, and prepare evidence for submission to crime laboratories for analysis. Function in a trainee capacity to gain proficiency in the duties and responsibilities and become eligible for promotion to Crime Scene Investigator upon successful completion of the trainee program.
Duties & Responsibilities
Note: Depending on assigned responsibilities, employees may perform some or all of the duties below.
Note for Trainees: Trainees are expected to learn the following duties while in a trainee status.
- Conduct crime scene investigations to locate, identify, preserve, photograph, and prepare collected evidence to establish and maintain 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 utilized at crime scene investigations and evidence obtained during 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.
Minimum Education & Experience
- A high school diploma or possession of a GED certificate.
- Three years of crime scene investigation experience.
- 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.
- Two years of crime scene investigation experience.
- An associate’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.
- Successful completion of a crime scene technology, crime scene investigation, crime scene technician certificate program, or equivalent.
- 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 of experience as a Forensic Evidence Technician with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Additional Job Requirements
- Attendance at the specified Sheriff's Office work location is required.
- 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, head, and neck. Tattoos determined to take away from the professional appearance of the Sheriff's Office must be covered with an appropriate white, black, or neutral covering.
- No illegal drug sale within lifetime.
- No illegal drug use within the past 36 months. No marijuana use within the last 12 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 background investigation including criminal, reference, employment, and neighborhood checks; polygraph; medical evaluation; and drug screening.
General Benefit Information
Benefits include but are not limited to:
- Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage
- Florida Retirement System and Deferred Compensation
- Paid time off including sick, vacation, and holiday time
- Employee Assistance Program
- Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
- Employee incentives for educational degrees and bilingual (Spanish) abilities
- Tuition reimbursement
- Paid training