City of Tucson


$19.15-$31.13 Hourly / $39,832.00-$64,750.40 Yearly
Salary Grade: 918

General Description

Leads crime scene specialists in conducting crime scenes and ensures established standard operating procedures and regulations are followed. Conducts complex and high profile crime scene evidence collection and processing. This position reviews workloads, assigns work and coaches employees with specialized instructions and practices for job accomplishments. Lead personnel may contribute to other employees’ performance evaluations.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This is a lead position that performs all the duties of a Crime Scene Specialist classification and is responsible for leading Crime Scene Specialists and processing more complex crime scenes.  This is a non-exempt position, and reports directly to the Crime Scene Specialist Supervisor.

Essential Functions

Conducts forensic crime scene investigations; assesses, collects, packages, and preserves evidence to include latent fingerprints. Physical evidence, and biological evidence such as blood, hair, and bodily fluids.  Documents crime scenes, physical injuries, victims, suspects, and evidence through the use of forensic photography; photographs postmortem investigations  

Fingerprints criminals for the purpose of identification and meeting state requirements; conducts background checks and computer searches associated with the Arizona Automated Fingerprint Information System, and state, local, and national database systems; conducts known-to-known fingerprint comparisons; provides fingerprint services to the public and City employees; collects fingerprints during postmortem investigations  

Develops and prints all photographic images associated with the department. Maintains photo processing, studio and crime scene photography equipment. Manages and houses all department negatives, and sorts, files, and distributes photographs. Operates the electronic mug shot identification and digital image management systems  

Provides interagency and departmental assistance, monitors quality control, makes presentations at public speaking events, processes daily arrest paperwork, and provides customer service  

Testifies in court as a witness regarding crime scene evidence that was collected and analyzed  

Uses crime scene mapping to reconstruct crime scenes with accurate diagrams to help preserve location, scale, and distance of evidence

Instructs and trains personnel, assigns job tasks, observes work progress and quality and coordinates technical support for detectives and officers in the field.  Ensures proper chain of custody procedures are followed and comply with local, state, and federal law; trains Crime Scene Specialists on chain of custody requirements  

Assists Crime Scene Specialist Supervisor in developing and implementing operational procedures and policies  

Provides specialty/advanced crime scene services to include small unmanned aircraft piloting and rapid DNA processing

Performs other related duties as assigned or requested


Knowledge of evidence collection and processing

Knowledge of latent print process

Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws pertaining to collection of physical evidence

Organizational and prioritization skills  

Public Speaking and presentation skills  

Ability to manage stressful situations in a calm and respectful manner  

Ability to analyze situations, recognizing potential dangers, and determine proper course of action quickly

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Associate's Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least three (3) years experience as a Crime Scene Specialist or equivalent

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

Environment/Working Conditions

Seasonal exposure 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

Frequent exposure to difficult situations that are emotionally charged, hostile, or may include child and animal victims

Physical Demand/Levels

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

Background Check Requirement

TPD background check required

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

Basic Physical

Respirator Physical

Hep B Vaccine

Non-NIDA 10-panel DS

30 lb. lift test

Other Information

Department(s):   Tucson Police Department, Crime Scene Unit

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt         

Occupational Group Code: 37

Occupational Group Description: Police

EEO Job Category Code: C

EEO Job Category Description: Technicians

Organizational Level: Lead N

CCI: 7720

Bargaining Unit: CWA

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: Primary

License Type: Valid and Unrestricted Class 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: 6355; EST: 2/13/2020; REV: 2/13/2020;