State of Maryland

CRIME SCENE TECHNICIAN SUPERVISOR (#001420)

- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $44,898.00-$71,671.00 Yearly


GRADE

16

CLASS ATTRIBUTES

SKILLED SERVICE     BARGAINING UNIT: S      OVERTIME ELIGIBLE 

NATURE OF WORK

A Crime Scene Technician Supervisor is the supervisory level of forensic field services work.  Employees in this classification supervise the identification, collection, recording and preservation of evidence found at crime and disaster scenes for laboratory examination and court presentations.  Employees in this classification supervise lower-level Crime Scene Technicians.

Employees in this classification receive general supervision from higher-level administrators at the Maryland State Police Forensic Science Laboratory.  Employees may be subject to 24 hour on-call and overtime based upon staffing needs.  The work is performed at crime and disaster scenes where climbing, crawling and stooping may be required.  Employees may be exposed to hazardous chemical agents requiring the use of safety equipment.

Positions in this classification are evaluated using the classification job evaluation methodology.  The use of this method involves comparing assigned duties and responsibilities of a position to the job criteria found in the Nature of Work and Examples of Work Sections of the class specification.

The Crime Scene Technician Supervisor is differentiated from the Crime Scene Technician II in that the Crime Scene Technician Supervisor has supervisory responsibility for lower-level Crime Scene Technicians while the Crime Scene Technician II performs the full range of duties and responsibilities under general supervision.

EXAMPLES OF WORK

Plans, coordinates, assigns, supervises and evaluates the work of lower-level Crime Scene Technicians;

Trains lower-level Crime Scene Technicians in the identification, collection, recording and preservation of evidence found at crime and disaster scenes for further laboratory examination, analysis and processing;

Determines the appropriate method for collecting routine and unusual evidence at crime and disaster scenes, who is allowed at crime and disaster scenes, what items are removed from the scene and what analysis is performed at crime and disaster scenes in order to provide the Maryland State Police Forensic Science Laboratory with the information needed to prosecute a case;

Coordinates with investigators when and how to collect and release crime and disaster scene evidence and when it is necessary to obtain a search warrant to process a scene or person;

Surveys actual and suspected crime and disaster scenes, takes photographs and prepares sketches as necessary;

Processes crime scene and related evidence for latent prints, fabric impressions or shoe impressions either chemically or with specialized photographic techniques;

Attends autopsies and collects physical evidence where appropriate;

Maintains the chain of custody for evidence analyzed by the Maryland State Police Forensic Science Laboratory according to established guidelines;

Prepares evidence and testifies in court as an expert witness concerning the processing of crime scene evidence, scientific findings and conclusions drawn;

Assists in the development of administrative policies and procedures for the Crime Scene Unit;

Recommends the purchase of new equipment in order to efficiently and effectively process crime and disaster scene evidence;

Reviews and approves reports prepared by lower-level staff to document findings of evidence;

Attends training sessions and participates in seminars and conferences in order to remain abreast of new developments and techniques in forensic field services;

Performs other related duties.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of the scientific principles and practices of forensic field services work;

Knowledge of crime laboratory procedures and the processing of crime scene evidence; Knowledge of the criminal trial process related to rules of evidence;

Knowledge of supervisory principles and practices;

Skill in identifying, collecting, recording and preserving physical evidence found at crime and disaster scenes;

Skill in making valid determinations concerning evidence based on observations, technical procedures and use of laboratory equipment;

Skill in preparing reports documenting findings of evidence at crime and disaster scenes;

Skill in coordinating, preparing and presenting court testimony;

Ability to plan, coordinate and direct the work of lower-level Crime Scene Technicians;

Ability to evaluate and recommend appropriate changes in crime and disaster scene policies, procedures and methods;

Ability to respond to information transmitted over a mobile and base radio system;

Ability to perform at crime and disaster scenes under stressful and unpleasant conditions which often involve deceased individuals in varying stages of decomposition;

Ability to communicate effectively.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education:   Sixty credit hours from an accredited college or university with at least 15 credit hours in criminal justice or law enforcement, or forensic sciences.

Experience: Five years of experience identifying, collecting, recording and preserving physical evidence at crime and disaster scenes.

Notes: 

1. Candidates may substitute two years of additional experience for the required education.

2. Candidates may substitute a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, law enforcement, forensic sciences, chemistry, biology, geology or a related physical or natural science from an accredited college or university for two years of the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in Master at Arms classifications or Military Police or Security Forces specialty codes in the Criminal Justice field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

1. In accordance with Public Safety Article, Section 2-204 (b) (6) of the Annotated Code of Maryland, candidates for positions in this classification will be subject to an initial drug screening, a physical examination, submission of a DNA sample, and a complete criminal background investigation, to include a polygraph examination before permanent appointment can be made. A criminal conviction may be grounds for rejection of the candidate by the hiring agency.

2. Employees in this classification are subject to random substance abuse testing in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulations 17.04.09, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Class specifications are broad descriptions covering groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.

This is a Skilled Service classification in the State Personnel Management System.  All positions in this classification are Skilled Service positions.  Some positions in Skilled Service classifications may be designated Special Appointment in accordance with the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 6-405, Annotated Code of Maryland.

This classification is not assigned to a bargaining unit, as indicated by the designation of S (Supervisor), M (Manager), T (Agency Head), U (Board or Commission Member), W (Student), X (Used by Agency or Excluded by Executive Order), or Z (Confidential).  As provided by State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 3-102, special appointment, temporary, contractual, supervisory, managerial and confidential employees are excluded collective bargaining.  Additionally, certain executive branch agencies are exempt from collective bargaining and all positions in those agencies are excluded from collective bargaining.

Date Revised

July 27, 2018

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 001420; EST: ; REV: 7/27/2018;

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