City of Tampa

Forensic Photo and Media Technician (#007710) 029

$28.45-$40.56 Hourly / $4,931.33-$7,030.40 Monthly / $59,176.00-$84,364.80 Yearly


This is intermediate level technical photographic and media extraction work, which also includes collecting, examining and processing digital multimedia evidence for investigative purposes.

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class is responsible for performing technical work of average to advanced difficulty in connection with digital imaging, photographic applications, printing of crime scene photographs and the collection, identification and preservation of digital media from the crime scene. Under general supervision, the employee performs all photographic duties to include digital uploads/downloads, scanning of negatives, enlargements, custody and control of photographic evidence and equipment, training crime scene technicians in the proper use and care of photographic equipment, retrieval of digital media from the crime scene for preservation purposes and conversion of extracted data media files from proprietary format to an industry standard format.

Considerable initiative and independent judgement are required since the employee is responsible for ensuring the timely and accurate processing of all media for use as evidence. Work is performed on rotating shifts to include nights, weekends, and holidays as needed.

Examples of Duties

Prints color photographs using automatic print processors; makes enlargements from all types of negatives.

Receives, documents, preserves, archives and controls crime scene evidence in the form of digital, and film/negatives.

Performs preventative maintenance and minor repairs on all photo lab equipment.

Receives and processes image duplication requests for investigative and judicial purposes as well as public records requests.

Researches case information in computer files; testifies in criminal proceedings in reference to photography.

Uploads digital media into computer database for archiving.

Transfers photos from negatives and converts to digital format using Noritsu-S 600 film scanner

Maintains photographic files to include CD’s and film negatives.

Enhances photographic images for investigative purposes and judicial presentations.

Assist with inventory control of supplies and all photographic equipment.

Maintain monthly reports and records of all work performed and supplies expended; assist with ordering photographic supplies as needed.

Provides photographic support services for special events, ceremonies, historical events and other occurrences on request.

Collects and preserves video evidence at crime scenes from various media devices as directed.

Enhances and extracts video for conversion into digital video formats usable for forensic analysis.

Performs related work as needed.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Extensive Knowledge of: All photographic duties; a variety of cameras, and color photographic processing equipment. Ability to take professional grade photographs

Considerable knowledge of: Courtroom proceedings; preventative maintenance requirements of machinery and equipment utilized. Effectively testify in court on all digital media related evidence.

Working knowledge of:  Operate and maintain equipment necessary to develop and print photographs utilizing a color automatic printer and processor. Ability to take professional grade photographs. Knowledge of methods and techniques used in audio-visual production; rules and procedures pertinent to evidence collection and preservation.

Ability to:  Instruct others in the proper use and care of all photography and video related equipment. Operate a lightweight motor vehicle. Skill in the use and care of audio/visual and photographic equipment; use of various computer programs for digital imaging and image enhancements. Extract video from proprietary formats and convert to other media formats. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, members of law enforcement, community agencies and others.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited high school or vocation school and a minimum of two years of college or vocational school with focus on photography or video editing and (3) years of experience in film and digital photography.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of a valid Florida driver’s license required.

Preferred certifications: LEVA International, Scientific Working Group Imaging Technology, resolution Video and/ or CPP


Evaluation of education and experience. Drug testing is included in all pre-employment processing.


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.

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