City of Tucson


$21.20-$37.59 Hourly / $44,096.00-$78,187.20 Yearly
Salary Grade: 919

General Description

Supervises crime scene specialists and lead crime scene specialists in the examination of crime scene and autopsy investigations to include collecting and processing evidence.  Responsible for all administrative matters in assigned section.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This position is primarily responsible for supervisory and administrative tasks, however, this position is required to work in the field to assist lead crime scene specialist with complex and high-profile crime scenes.  This position requires knowledge of a specific vocational, administrative, or technical nature which may be obtained with a two-year associate's degree, diploma or equivalent from a college, technical, business, vocational, or correspondence school.  This position has frequent exposure to unpleasant environmental conditions/hazards.  This position is non-exempt and reports directly to the Police Identification Superintendent.

Essential Functions

Supervises and coordinates the equivalent of two or more fulltime employees and all assigned work in a unit ensuring timely and quality activities to respond to the needs of the City, community, department, and unit

Implements controls for appropriate unit staffing and effectiveness by participating in the recruitment and hiring of employees, making recommendations on employee discipline, and other human resources issues, evaluating and managing employee performance, discussing and identifying personnel issues and facilitating resolutions, promoting positive morale in the unit, ensuring staff is trained appropriately for maximum performance, and providing leadership and guidance

Oversees all new hire field and office training. Maintains employee records

Orders and maintains all supplies. Participates in departmental instruction, research and planning

Conducts forensic crime scene investigations. Documents crime scenes, physical injuries, victims, suspects, and evidence through the use of forensic photography. Assesses, collects, packages and preserves evidence to include latent fingerprints, physical evidence, and biological evidence such as blood, hair, and bodily fluids. Safely contains all biohazardous materials for transport to evidence storage area. Photographs, and obtains fingerprints at postmortem investigations. Records actions taken through the use of written reports. Provides expert courtroom testimony

Fingerprints criminals for the purpose of identification and meeting state requirements. Conducts background checks and computer searches associated with Arizona Automated Fingerprint Information System, and state, local, and national database systems. Performs known to known fingerprint comparisons. Provides fingerprint services to the public and City employees

Develops and prints all negatives and photographs associated with the department. Maintains photo processing, studio and crime scene photography equipment. Performs chemical monitoring involving process control methods. Manages and houses all department negatives, and sorts, files and distributes photographs. Operates the electronic mug shot identification system

Manages the Citywide robbery surveillance systems by providing regular operation and maintenance checks, as well as installations. Responds to activated systems, resets the systems, and develops the film involved. Distributes department-wide flyers associated with robbery crimes

Maintains and updates all fingerprint files, background checks associated with business license applicants, and photo request orders. Provides interagency and departmental assistance, monitors quality control, makes presentations at public speaking events, processes daily arrest paperwork, and provides customer service

Contributes to the needs of the community and City by implementing and causing others to implement the organization's values and strategies by leading through example, competency, and accountabilities

Performs other related duties as assigned or requested


Knowledge of evidence collection and processing
Knowledge of photography techniques
Knowledge of latent print processing
Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws pertaining to collection of physical evidence
Advanced knowledge of crime scene investigation principles
Knowledge of training principles
Crime Scene processing skills
Excellent written communication skills
Excellent interpersonal skills
Skills in analyzing and interpreting data


Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Associate's degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least four (4) years of experience as a Crime Scene Specialist, including at least one (1) year as a Lead. 

"Lead": is defined as leading at least one (1) full-time employee in a work unit

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE EQUIVALENCY: Any combination of training, education, and work experience may be acceptable.

Special Job Requirements

Arizona Criminal Justice Information System Network Terminal Operator Certification

Environment/Working Conditions

Seasonal exposures to extreme heat and cold. Regular exposure to confined spaces, electrical, bases, flammables, formaldehyde, and gases. Frequent exposure to direct sun, dust, acids, fumes, traffic, deceased individuals in various stages of decomposition, blood, and bodily fluids

Physical Demand/Levels

Necessary and frequent bending, climbing, crawling, kneeling, reaching, squatting, stooping, fine movements, firm grasp, and simple grasp

Background Check Requirement

TPD background check required

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

Basic Physical

Respirator Physical

Hep B Vaccine/Titer

Non-NIDA Drug Test

30 lb Lift Test

Other Information

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Occupational Group Code: 34

Occupation Group Description: Police

EEO Job Category Code: C

EEO Job Category Description: Technicians

Organizational Level: Lead

NCCI: 7720

Bargaining Unit: No Rep

Driving Requirements

The following information pertains to driving requirements for this classification with the City of Tucson. Under "Driving Level" None, Secondary or Primary, refers to the driving responsibility as it relates to the essential functions of the classification. License Type, is just that, the type of Arizona Driving License required for the classification. If the position requires a Commercial Drivers License (CDL), the endorsements will be listed under "Endorsements." Under Safety Sensitive a "Yes" means employees with this classification are subject to pre-employment and random drug testing. License Type A,B,C,D,or M may require the use of personal or City vehicles on City business. Individuals must be physically capable of operating the vehicles safely, possess a valid license and have an acceptable driving record. Use of a personal vehicle for City business will be prohibited if the employee is not authorized to drive a City vehicle or if the employee does not have personal insurance coverage. Exceptions to classification driving requirement's may exist based on position.

Driving Level: Incidental

License Type: Valid and Unrestricted D - Driver

CDL Endorsements: None

Safety Sensitive: Yes

Job Description Disclaimer

This description is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of management to assign, direct and control the work of employees under supervision. The listing of duties and responsibilities shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind or level of difficulty. They are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position.

CLASS: 6351; EST: 8/10/2016 12:00:00 PM; REV: 8/10/2016 12:00:00 PM;