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San Diego County
Forensic Evidence Technician

Position Title: Forensic Evidence Technician
Concentration: Institutional
Level of Entry: Intermediate

Hiring Agency

Agency: San Diego County
Address: 5530 Overland Ave., Suite 210
City: San Diego
State: CA    Zipcode: 92123
Contact: Angel Cordero
Phone: 858.694.5208
Email Address:

Descriptive Tasks/Responsibilities for Position

To identify, document, collect, preserve, and transport photographic and physical evidence critical to crime scene investigation; and to perform related work.

Forensic Evidence Technician is a technical class allocated only to the Sheriff's Crime Laboratory. Under general direction of a Supervising Criminalist, this class is responsible for the identification, collection, preservation and transportation of physical evidence from crime scene investigation and autopsies. This class also performs crime scene documentation, fingerprint processing, and photography work.


The examples of functions listed in this class specification are representative but not necessarily exhaustive or descriptive of any one position in the class. Management is not precluded from assigning other related functions not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment for the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of a job, on a case-by-case basis.

Essential Functions:
Prepares and documents crime scenes using sketches, reports of activities, and a photo log.
Collects, preserves, and transports physical evidence from crime scene investigations and autopsies, which includes latent fingerprints, trace evidence and serological evidence, narcotics, firearms, and tool marks.
Documents crime scenes using 35mm and/or video cameras and a variety of different photographic films and/or digital techniques.
Examines items of evidence in the field and in the laboratory for latent fingerprints and trace evidence using a combination of laser techniques, print powders and chemicals (i.e. fluorescein).
Performs data entry of firearms and fingerprint data into a computerized data system.
Attends medical legal autopsies at the Medical Examiner's Office to collect photographic and physical evidence.
Appears in court as an expert witness regarding collected and processed physical evidence.
Collects evidence from dead bodies and photographs all aspects of the body necessary for investigation.
Prepares court displays.
Researches and evaluates new technical developments in crime scene processing, handling, and analysis of crime laboratory evidence.
Travels in and out of the county to crime scenes to conduct special investigations.
Takes photographs of crime scenes from helicopter/aircraft.
Provides courteous, high quality service to members of the public by personally responding to requests for service or appropriate referral.

Knowledge of:
Evidence identification, documentation, collection, preservation, and transportation procedures and techniques
Fingerprint classification systems and equipment and development techniques
Investigation policies and procedures used by law enforcement
Local, State and Federal laws/policies regarding the collection, preservation, and transportation of evidence
Photographic techniques, equipment, materials and development methods; conventional and digital
Telephone, office, and online etiquette
County customer service objectives and strategies
Skills and Abilities to:
Operate various types of photographic equipment
Determine the appropriate analytical tests needed for the evaluation of evidence
Operate computers for preparation of sketches, reports and evidence/photo logs and data entry of fingerprint and/or firearms evidence
Prepare clear and concise reports
Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with County staff and outside law enforcement agencies
Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
Communicate effectively with a variety of individuals representing diverse cultures and backgrounds and function calmly in situations, which require a high degree of sensitivity, tact and diplomacy
Treat County employees, representatives of outside agencies and members of the public with courtesy and respect
Assess the customer's immediate needs and ensure customer's receipt of needed services through personal service or making appropriate referral
Provide prompt, efficient and responsive service
Exercise appropriate judgment in answering questions and releasing information; analyze and project consequences of decisions and/or recommendations
Establish effective working relationships with management, employees, employee representatives and the public representing diverse cultures and backgrounds
Desirable Traits

Communicates Effectively, Knowledge Worker, Customer Focused, Values and Respects Others, Drives to Excel, Teamwork and Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Demonstrates Ethical Behavior, Supportive of Change

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Education and/or Experience

Education, training, and/or experience that demonstrate possession of the knowledge, skills and abilities listed above. Qualifying education/experience:
An associate of science degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, or a certified foreign studies equivalency and a community college certificate in Evidence Technology or equivalent, OR,

One (1) year of experience in the identification, documentation, collection, preservation and transportation of physical evidence which must include fingerprint processing, OR,
Two (2) years of full time experience as an Evidence Technician in a law enforcement agency.



A valid California Class C driver's license, which must be maintained throughout employment in this class, is required at time of appointment, or the ability to arrange necessary and timely transportation for field travel. Employees in this class may be required to use their own vehicle.

Application Period

Application Period Begins: 03/16/2023

Application Period Ends: 03/27/2023

Number Positions to be Filled: 1

Yearly Salary: $67,184.00 to $82,617.00
(Some agencies may post only their standard hourly rate)

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