Crime Scene Investigator

Crime Scene Investigator


The City of Fort Lauderdale is seeking dynamic and goal-driven employees. Employees that are motivated to take on today's greatest challenges and rewards in the field of local public service. Employees who are passionate about making a difference and achieving our mission: We Build Community, in a fast-paced organization that operates by vision, strategy, and action. Would you fit in? Apply now

This is responsible work of more than average difficulty performing advanced technical duties requiring specialized knowledge, training and work experience in crime scene investigation.

Employees in this class are responsible for gathering, classifying, preserving, and transporting physical and trace evidence such as latent prints, blood and body fluids, projectiles, hairs, fibers, clothing, bedding, weapons, casts of impressions and any objects deemed to have evidentiary value.  Major crime scenes include, but are not limited to homicides, suicides, suspicious deaths, aggravated assaults/battery, arsons, armed robberies, auto thefts, burglaries, child abuse, elderly abuse, traffic fatalities, and rapes.  Work involves photography, sketching, plaster cast construction, latent fingerprint detection, maintenance of evidence continuity, and testifying in courtroom prosecution.  Duties require the use of technical skills and judgment in recognizing materials that can significantly assist in solving crimes and prosecuting offenders.  Contact with contaminated, corrosive or explosive materials, and exposure to infectious or communicable diseases may result from the performance of some assigned tasks.  Employees in this class may be required to work on shifts with variable hours or of an extended duration.  Work may also require 24 hour call-out availability based upon the size and scope of a crime scene.

Work assignments are normally received in general outlines.  Employees develop work sequences within established methods and procedures, and exercise considerable initiative and independent judgment in performing work.  Work is reviewed and evaluated by a law enforcement supervisor for conformance with departmental directives and policies, through direct observation, in conferences with the employee, and through work records and reports.

NOTE:  The duties of this position will include all of those duties set forth in the official job description.

This job classification is included within the bargaining unit represented by Teamsters Local Union 769 and therefore is subject to the terms and conditions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the City of Fort Lauderdale and Teamsters Local Union 769.

The Requirements

1.         Have successfully graduated from a standard high school or possess an acceptable GED  certificate from an accredited issuing agency, preferably with college level coursework in law enforcement or a closely related field.

2.         Have at least five (5) years of work experience in a paraprofessional capacity with a law enforcement agency, including at least one (1) year in crime scene investigation work.

3.         An Associate's Degree in forensic science from an accredited college or university may be substituted for four (4) years of the required law enforcement paraprofessional experience noted in #2 above; however, no substitution is allowed for the required one (1) year of crime scene investigation work experience.

4.          Possess or be able to obtain a valid Florida Driver's License and have an acceptable driving record.

NOTE:  Candidates will be required to pass a background investigation which includes a polygraph examination prior to employment.                                                               


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