Crime Scene Investigator Trainee
- Job Code: W2756
- Pay Grade:WM
- Pay Scale:$20.60-$37.28 Hourly; $42,848.00-$77,542.40 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. 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 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