City of Tampa

Crime Scene Technician I (#007601) 028

$27.40-$38.96 Hourly / $4,749.33-$6,753.07 Monthly / $56,992.00-$81,036.80 Yearly


This is criminal identification and fingerprint classification work.  Bargaining unit position.

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class is responsible for performing assignments of average difficulty, which include fingerprinting, photographing, identifying and classifying prints, and maintaining related crime files and records. Under general supervision, employee performs tasks, which require exercise of some initiative and independent judgment. Employee must work rotating shifts to include nights, weekends, and holidays and deal with scenes of violence and death. Work is reviewed through reports submitted and observation while in progress and upon completion.

Examples of Duties

Takes, classifies, searches, compares, and files fingerprints; maintains fingerprint index files; operates mobile crime laboratory; photographs and processes crime scenes for latent fingerprints/evidence; photographs and fingerprints deceased persons; makes plaster casts; performs gunshot residue tests.

Collects, processes and preserves evidence; processes booking reports; processes and issues non-motorized vehicle reports; processes civil applications utilizing the Live Scan.

Types detailed supplements and other written materials to establish a permanent record describing the crime scene; files completed forms in criminal history jackets; prepares fingerprint records for courtroom use; attests to validity of records in court; provides other law enforcement agencies with information and photographs from identification files.

Assists in training lower level crime scene technicians.

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Working knowledge of: modern fingerprinting, fingerprint classification, and crime photography techniques.

Some knowledge of: fingerprint procedures of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other law enforcement agencies; records keeping techniques; courtroom proceedings.

Ability to: classify, file and maintain accurate fingerprint and photographic records; operate a mobile crime laboratory; operate photographic and fingerprint dusting equipment; understand and follow precise oral and written instructions; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and the general public; handle confidential documents according to procedures in order to maintain their security; perform duties requiring physical strength and endurance; work under hazardous conditions.

Skill in: operation and maintenance of photographic and fingerprint dusting equipment.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited high school and two (2) years experience in criminal identification and fingerprint classification work; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. An associate’s degree in Crime Scene Technology or certification in Crime Scene Technology from an accredited college can substitute for the experience.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of a valid Florida driver’s license.


Employees may be required to work rotating shifts, including nights, weekends, holidays and overtime as needed. During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.

CLASS: 007601; EST: 8/9/2013; REV: 3/1/2021;