City of Tampa

Latent Investigation Assistant (#768300) 025

$22.23-$31.63 Hourly / $3,853.20-$5,482.53 Monthly / $46,238.40-$65,790.40 Yearly


This is highly responsible work in performing latent investigations and research related to major crimes.  Bargaining unit position.

Nature Of Work

The employee in this class is responsible for performing assignments of more than average difficulty in providing investigative and reporting assistance to the detective division. Under general supervision, tasks include:  responding to crime scenes once a case is assigned; collecting evidence and ensuring proper handling; conducting interviews with victims, witnesses and suspects; and, originating criminal report affidavits, arrest warrants, search warrants, and other documents.  Reasonable initiative and independent judgment are required in determining what further information is needed to complete files.  Considerable tact and discretion are required as the employee comes into contact with highly confidential materials and sensitive situations.  The employee might serve as liaison between the complainant/victim, other agencies, and the officer involved in the case.  Work is reviewed through observation, reports submitted, and results obtained.

Examples of Duties

Responds to scene once a case is assigned; photographs scenes, evidence and victims injuries; conducts interviews of victims, witnesses and Post Miranda interviews of suspects or defendants when arrested or in jail.
Obtains trace evidence, buccal swabs etc. from victims, witnesses, suspects, and defendants; is able to be subpoenaed to obtain buccal swabs in open court; oversees the collection of evidence from crime scenes by Crime Scene Technician; places and removes evidence to and from the property room; originates evidence submissions and delivers evidence to the FDLE lab; reviews and understands FDLE lab reports.
Originates the following documents:  criminal report affidavits as needed; arrest warrants and search warrants (as co-affiant) assuring they are States Attorney’s Office (SAO) approved, judge signed and filed with the Clerk of the Courts Office and Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division; supplements and reports as needed; and, alerts and post same.
Obtains certified copies of felon status from Clerk of the Courts Office; requests and receives subpoenas from the SAO; requests criminal histories as needed; researches databases to identify entities as needed; researches felony assaults not referred for leads and/or intelligence.
Testifies in depositions and jury trials.
Creates photo group lineups and administers for detectives as needed.
Reviews daily incident log system; reviews alerts and researches leads; orders call tapes, TAR reports etc. from radio; places and/or cancels local pickups; monitors tickler file.
Drives light automotive equipment (car, step-van).
Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Working knowledge of:  operations of TPD; investigative and research techniques; evidence collection and storage rules and techniques.
Ability to:  maintain records, compile statistics and prepare reports; communicate effectively; maintain confidentiality of police matters; establish and maintain effective working relationships with officers, citizens, and representatives of other agencies; operate a light motor vehicle.
Skill in: collection and handling of evidence; use of computers and software for research information and preparation of documents.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited high school or vocational school and three (3) years of experience in law enforcement or latent investigations; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of a valid Florida driver’s license; possession of, or ability to obtain, certification from NCIC to be able to run wanted checks on persons, property etc.


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: 768300; EST: ; REV: 3/1/2021;