The City of Fayetteville, Georgia commits to a policy of equal employment opportunity for applicants and employees, complying with local, state and federal laws. The City’s policy is to employ qualified persons without discrimination regarding race, creed, color, religion, age, sex, country of national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, political affiliation, ethnicity, or status in any other group protected by federal/state/local law.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential job functions satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary job functions herein described. Since every duty associated with this position may not be described herein, employees may be required to perform duties not specifically spelled out in the job description, but which may be reasonably considered to be incidental in the performing of their duties just as though they were actually written out in this job description.
This position is responsible for the identification, documentation, collection, processing, and classification of evidence from crime scenes which will lead to the arrest and conviction of responsible parties. Work involves processing of crime scenes for evidence according to guidelines; securing storage and transporting of evidence and property to/from crime scenes and to/from court as needed; maintaining of the chain of custody of evidence to ensure integrity when introduced in court; and disposing of evidence and property as determined by department policy.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Responds to crime scenes or situations under investigation where there may be considerable risk involved.
- Searches for, collects, photographs, and preserves evidence.
- Examines crime scenes for physical evidence, such as latent fingerprints, hair, fibers, blood, projectiles, shell casings, and tool and tire marks.
- Logs evidence into computer system.
- Documents crime scenes through the use of detailed notes, photographs, video recordings, and sketches in such a way that a detailed narrative/technical report can be completed.
- Develops, photographs, and lifts latent fingerprints found at crime scenes using the most appropriate technique and equipment.
- Identifies, photographs, and collects biological evidence found at crime scenes using the most appropriate technique and equipment.
- Researches and runs traces on firearms and criminal histories on subjects.
- Maintains control over physical evidence gathered; records and stores evidence in department; processes evidence for identification information; and transports evidence to state crime lab for further processing.
- Tests green leafy material by chemical means and by utilization of digital microscope for the purpose of reporting and testifying in court as to the presence of marijuana in questioned materials.
- Prepares a variety of records and reports including supplemental reports of investigations and statistical reports.
- Collects and transports for destruction prescription drugs to the Georgia Crime Information Laboratory.
- Completes and maintains a wide variety of department records and reports in compliance with departmental and legal policies and procedures.
- Communicates in person, by telephone, or by mail with other police and security agencies to gather information regarding cases.
- Maintains availability by radio, telephone, for consultation on major emergencies/incidents as assigned; and availability for on-call during non-working hours as assigned.
- Maintains assigned uniform, vehicle, and equipment in accordance with department policy and procedures.
- Responds to subpoenas; testifies in court regarding evidence collected at crime scenes, the condition of crime scenes, and the methodology employed in the collection and testing of evidence.
- Furnishes evidence to detectives for review.
- Transports physical evidence to the prosecutorial staff.
- Keeps roll-call stock room supplied for officers; supplies fingerprint kits and trains its use for officers on the road.
- Purges evidence when approved by Court.
- Prepares approved firearms for auction or destruction.
- Handles video requests from courts.
- Serves on-call as assigned.
- Participates in departmental training programs.
- Assists in training other police department personnel in investigative techniques.
- Attends department meetings as directed.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
Education and Experience:
- Requires High School diploma or recognized equivalent; and
- Two (2) years of related work experience; or
- Equivalent combination of education and experience.
Licenses or Certifications:
- Valid Georgia state driver’s license - Class C.
- Satisfactory Motor Vehicle Record (MVR).
- Be eligible to obtain Georgia certification in Crime Scene Technology.
- At least age 21.
- Citizen of the United States.
- No conviction of a felony and no misdemeanor conviction (other than minor traffic violations) within the past five (5) years.
- No conviction of more than three (3) moving violations in the past three (3) years.
- Possess good moral character.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and legal procedures.
- Knowledge of law enforcement methods, procedures, and techniques; and the ability to apply such knowledge to specific situations.
- Knowledge of the department rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
- Knowledge of the geography of the City and the location of important buildings and areas.
- Knowledge of the rules of evidence (chain of evidence).
- Knowledge of confidentiality requirements of criminal justice information and criminal history information.
- Knowledge of radio system and signals, codes, and 10-codes.
- Knowledge of crime scene processing techniques; and of property and evidence storage techniques.
- Knowledge of American English grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
- Knowledge of the principles of mathematics.
- Knowledge of firearms and ballistics.
- Knowledge of the criminal justice system and judicial terminology.
- Knowledge of office procedures such as equipment and various filing equipment.
- Ability to deal courteously and fairly with the public.
- Ability to analyze situations and to take quick, effective, and reasonable courses of action giving due regard to the surrounding hazards and circumstances of each situation.
- Ability to write clear, comprehensive, and legible reports.
- Ability to react quickly and calmly under emergency conditions.
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City employees, City officials, and the general public.
- Ability to drive and operate department vehicles and equipment in a safe and efficient manner.
- Ability to work routinely under highly traumatic conditions including life-threatening situations.
The work is medium work and requires exerting: up to 50 pounds of force occasionally; up to 30 pounds of force frequently; and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
Additionally, the following physical abilities are required: balancing, climbing, crawling, crouching, feeling, manual dexterity, grasping, handling, hearing, kneeling, lifting, mental acuity, pulling, pushing, reaching, repetitive motion, speaking, standing, stooping, talking, visual acuity, and walking.
Work is performed both indoors and outdoors. Work may be performed: in either hot or cold environments; with contact with fumes or airborne particles and toxic or caustic chemicals; under adverse weather conditions; and with possible exposure to the risk of electric shock or very loud noises.