PROFESSIONAL STAFF CAREERS

Crime Scene Technician

 

Description

DEADLINE TO APPLY: FIRST REVIEW ON FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2022 at 5 PM PST

COVID POLICY: The City of Hayward has adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all new employees issued formal offers of employment on or after February 1, 2022. Under this policy, proof of full vaccination is required as a condition of initial and continued employment with the City unless the employee has applied for an exemption and is awaiting the City’s response or has been granted an exemption, or unless stricter State or Federal legal requirements apply.  If offered employment, you will receive instructions regarding how to provide verification of vaccination or how to apply for an exemption, which will be required prior to your start date.  You may read the full policy here: COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Mandate (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader) 

THE POSITION:
 
The City of Hayward is excited to announce its recruitment for the position of Crime Scene Technician.  Under general supervision, perform crime scene duties by identifying, collecting, preserving and processing physical evidence at crime scenes and in a laboratory; to prepare appropriate reports; assist in criminal investigations; testify in court; and assist in other duties as assigned.

The ideal candidate will have keen attention to detail, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and desire to learn and participate in continuous trainings.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

This is an entry-level technical position in which incumbents collect and preserve evidence.  Individuals in this classification receive on-the-job training and experience.  This classification is the entry-level position in the job series distinguished from the journey-level professional Crime Scene Specialist position in that the latter works more independently performing the more complex duties. 
 

THE DEPARTMENT/DIVISION

The Hayward Police Department is devoted to serving the City of Hayward and providing leadership to the men and women of the Department who are both compassionate and dedicated to their desire to serve the community. The Support Services Division of the Hayward Police Department provides administrative and logistical support to all divisions. As part of the Support Services Division, the police department depends on the expertise of our Crime Scene Technicians to uncover and preserve evidence that will stand up in a court of law. The Crime Scene Technicians are equipped with the latest technology to collect evidence from the scene. The Hayward Police Department also has an on-site lab to further process evidence using techniques not readily available at the field. The Crime Scene Technicians are available during the majority of the day but can be called in when the need arises.

 

Essential Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Performs technical tasks in the collection and preservation of evidence at a crime scene such as lifting fingerprints, collecting body fluids and clothing, dislodging bullets, and making plaster impressions.

Packages evidence for storage; ensures proper procedures are followed.

Photographs a wide variety of situations to ensure proper documentation of the crime scene.

Prepares reports and records of crime scenes and evidence collected; prepares diagrams.

Testifies in court regarding the crime scene and the evidence collected.

Performs duties related to other areas of civilian police activities as necessary.

Reports to crime scenes to collect evidence on a 24-hour basis as needed.           

Performs related work as necessary.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:

Basic report writing.

Basic photography.

Fingerprint processing.

Evidence collection and packaging.

Ability to:

Learn principles and practices of technical crime scene processing and crime scene reconstruction.

Locate, analyze and interpret data related to crime scene work.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Work both as part of a team, and equally well independently.

Carry out complex instructions regarding the appropriate collection of differing kinds of evidence.

Maintain confidentiality while processing evidence and cases.

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION

Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience:  Two years of law enforcement experience.  Crime scene training is highly desirable.

Education Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade.  Possession of an Associate’s degree or coursework in criminalistics/forensic science, natural science (biology, biochemistry, or chemistry), or a related field is highly desirable.

Licenses or Certificates Possession and maintenance of a valid Class C California Driver’s License.  Possession of or ability to obtain, a Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified Basic Field Evidence Technician certificate, within twelve (12) months of employment.

Supplemental Information

COVID POLICY: The City of Hayward has adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all new employees issued formal offers of employment on or after February 1, 2022. Under this policy, proof of full vaccination is required as a condition of initial and continued employment with the City unless the employee has applied for an exemption and is awaiting the City’s response or has been granted an exemption, or unless stricter State or Federal legal requirements apply.  If offered employment, you will receive instructions regarding how to provide verification of vaccination or how to apply for an exemption, which will be required prior to your start date.  You may read the full policy here: COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Mandate (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader) 

Essential duties require the following mental and/or physical abilities and work environment: wear a uniform and safety equipment; work evening, holidays, and weekends in variable indoor and outdoor conditions; confined spaces; safely drive to various locations throughout the City and County during day and evening hours; tolerate exposure to outdoor elements in all weather conditions (e.g. heat, cold, and rain) throughout the year; exposure to dust, solvents, fumes, gases, toxic waste, odors, or other irritating particles; grasp and perform repetitive hand movements and fine coordination to prepare documents and data using a computer, keyboard and mouse/trackball, laptop, photographic equipment, and/or tablet; sit for prolonged periods of time; walk, stand, crouch, reach, twist, turn, kneel, bend, squat, stoop, climb, safely lift and maneuver equipment and materials weighing up to 50 pounds; converse by telephone, by email, in person, and before small and large groups, and be clearly understood; read and comprehend legal, technical and complex documents; interact with the public and all different levels of City staff in an effective and professional manner.  Essential functions must be performed with or without reasonable accommodation.

Not less than 18 years of age at time of appointment.

PROBATIONARY PERIOD:  One (1) Year
 

SELECTION PROCEDURE

Candidates must submit a completed City of Hayward job application and responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire, which fully describe the nature of their professional experience and qualifications.  Applications submitted without all required materials will not be considered.

Based on the information provided, employment applications will be reviewed for minimum qualifications.  Those best qualified may be invited to the next phase of the process, which may include an oral, practical, written examination and/or supplemental questionnaires reviewed by subject matter experts.

The examination process will result in a ranked eligible register of candidates for hiring consideration by the department derived from any of the exam processes mentioned above.  Actual hire depends on success in the departmental selection process.

Candidates under final consideration for employment with the City should expect to undergo an employment background/reference check that may include, but is not limited to: employment history, confirmation of educational credentials and degrees, licenses including driver’s license, registrations, certificates, and other credentials as part of the appointment process. Some positions, depending on the nature of the work, also require a credit check and a review of Summary Criminal History obtained from the State Department of Justice through Live Scan Fingerprinting.

Applicants will be notified electronically via Government Jobs as to their status in the selection process.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure they can receive email notice from Neogov/Government Jobs and the City of Hayward.
 

Date Of Examination(s):
Deadline for Pre-Background Questionnaire Survey – Week of August 8, 2022
Supplemental Questionnaire Review – Week of August 15, 2022

 
The City of Hayward reserves the right to modify the selection process as necessary to conform to administrative or business necessity.


APPLICATIONS

Candidates are encouraged to apply online at www.hayward-ca.gov under the Current Vacancies tab or at www.GovernmentJobs.com.  Paper applications can be obtained by visiting the Human Resources Department at Hayward City Hall located at 777 B Street, Hayward, CA  94541.  Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 


Apply prior to the closing time of the job announcement and allow at least one (1) hour to submit your application if you are a new user to the system.  Our on-line application system is provided by Government Jobs. If you have problems while applying online, please contact the Government Jobs Help Desk at  (855) 524-5627.
 
The City of Hayward is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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