KPD Crime Scene Technician
The crime scene technician oversees complex crime scenes, including but not limited to homicides, sexual assaults, armed robberies, home invasions, and property crimes such as burglaries. Approximately 70% of the incumbent’s time is spent processing crime scenes, packaging and transporting evidence, attending and photographing autopsies and attending briefings and conferences with the police agencies requesting assistance. The remaining time is spent preparing investigative reports, testifying in court, receiving continuing education, via online education or in class course work, instructing classes and maintaining equipment in a state of readiness.
The crime scene technician works at the office of his or her job assignment Monday through Friday, which is normally 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. While on standby, the crime scene technician must be readily available by pager or phone at all times to respond to requests for service. In addition to the standby duty, the incumbent is expected to respond to emergency calls whenever necessary 24 hours a day.
Crime scene searches are often performed by extensive kneeling, stooping, reaching and climbing. The crime scene technician will handle objects of varying weight and shape and must, therefore, be in good physical condition. Also, the police enforcement responsibilities may include occasional physical labor and endurance and be hazardous with regard to the physical and mental well being of the incumbent.