This is responsible technical work in collecting, examining, processing, and
analyzing video, audio and digital multimedia evidence for investigative purposes. Bargaining unit position.
Nature Of Work
An employee in this class is responsible for performing technical assignments of more than average difficulty in the collection, identification, classification, and preservation of criminal evidence. Under general supervision, the employee performs tasks which require the exercise of reasonable initiative and independent judgment in analysis and identification of evidence. 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, observation, and results obtained.
Examples of Duties
Analyzes video and audio evidence using a variety of computer software and related hardware systems which may be presented on analog or digital tape, optical disc or as a data file.
Assists investigators by collecting, analyzing and processing digital evidence from electronic devices including cellular phones, digital cameras, computers, flash drives or memory cards.
Collects and preserves video and audio evidence at crime scenes as directed.
Conducts videotaping and photography at search warrant locations as directed.
Prepares video, audio and other digital multi-media evidence for courtroom and trial presentation.
Coordinates production of training and promotional videotape programs including script presentation, location videotaping, post-production editing, and distribution.
Reliably digitizing video tape footage onto a computer system using editing software.
De-multiplexes or separates camera views from multiplexed closed circuit television footage.
Enhances, repairs and extracts video from camcorders, cell phones and other personal recording devices.
Converts digital video from digital video recorder (DVR) devices into digital video formats usable for forensic analysis.
Performs clarification techniques such as frame averaging.
Performs masking, highlighting and tracking of persons or objects of interest in videos.
Enlarges portions of the video for areas of interest.
Measures heights or individuals or distances between points seen in the video.
Responds to crime scenes for videotaping and photography and any promotional purposes as directed.
Performs related work as required.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Working knowledge of: principles and practices of photography; methods and techniques used in audio-visual production; rules and procedures pertinent to evidence collection and preservation.
Ability to: distinguish the proper colors in photographs, videotapes and computer output for graphic reproductions; organize, coordinate and implement numerous assignments; operate audio, video, photographic, and computer equipment; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, members of law enforcement, community agencies, and others.
Skill in: use and care of audio/visual and photographic equipment; use of various computer programs for digital imaging and image enhancement including audio and video; operation of a light motor vehicle.
Graduation from an accredited high school or vocation school and a minimum of two years of college or vocational school with focus on audio/video editing, post production, videography, information technology, photography or a related field and one (1) year experience in videography and post production editing or related fields preferably in a law enforcement agency, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
Bachelor’s degree preferred.
Licenses or Certifications
Possession of a valid Florida driver’s license.
Preferred certifications: Leva International, Scientific Working Group Imaging Technology or Resolution Video.
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.