Crime Scene Shift Supervisor

Job Description


JOB CODE 62830

Effective Date: Rev. 10/08A


The fundamental reason this classification exists is to provide first line supervision to the Crime Scene Specialists who collect, preserve, and process physical evidence. Work is performed in the field, including crime scenes and autopsies, and in the laboratory. Types of crime scenes include person crimes, such as homicides, sexual assaults, and robberies, as well as property crimes and traffic accidents. Evidence includes biological, latent fingerprints, firearms, tire and shoe impressions, drugs, and tool mark impressions. Incumbents supervise Crime Scene Specialists and may process, analyze, photograph, and record crime scenes showing correlation between evidence and scene, perform various chemical and photographic processes in the laboratory or the field to develop and preserve evidence. This classification differs from Crime Scene Specialist III in that the incumbent has supervisory and administrative responsibility for a shift or squad in the Crime Scene Section. Work is reviewed and evaluated by a Crime Scene Section Supervisor based on results obtained, observation, and oral and written reports. Shift, weekend, and holiday work is required.


  • Supervises Crime Scene Specialists and Laboratory Technicians in the performance of their work collecting and processing evidence at crime scenes and in the Lab;
  • Prepares administrative reports on the operations of a Crime Scene Response shift or squad;
  • Trains Crime Scene Specialists in all aspects of collecting and processing crime scene evidence;
  • Works with the quality manager and other management personnel, through the crime scene section supervisor, to ensure accreditation standards are met;
  • Analyzes, collects, preserves, and presents biological evidence, latent fingerprints, tire prints, shoe prints, tool marks, and other physical evidence;
  • Photographs evidence at crime scenes;
  • Processes evidence in the field or laboratory using powders, chemical solutions, forensic light sources, and various cameras, lenses, and filters in order to develop and preserve evidence;
  • Attends autopsies to photograph injuries and fingerprint the deceased for identification purposes;
  • Trains staff in how to effectively testify in court;
  • Testifies in court as a witness in connection to the scenes processed and evidence developed and preserved;
  • Studies new techniques and procedures in crime scene evidence collection and processing;
  • Participates in a structured training program;
  • Maintains regular and reliable attendance;
  • Demonstrates superior seamless customer service, integrity, and commitment to innovation, efficiency, and fiscally responsible activity;
  • Works more than forty hours in a workweek without additional compensation to perform assigned job duties, including weekends, evenings, early morning hours, and holidays as required.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of:

  • Principles of management and supervision.
  • Recent development, current literature and sources of information in the field of forensics.
  • Evidence collection and processing using a variety of technical equipment, materials, and processes.
  • Photographic methods and equipment as related to crime scene investigations and laboratory processing.
  • Departmental rules and regulations.
  • Basic rules of evidence.
  • Computers.

Ability to:

  • Supervise a significant number of Crime Scene Specialists working a shift.
  • Communicate in the English language by phone or in person in a group or one-to-one setting.
  • Produce written documents in English with clearly organized thoughts using proper sentence construction, punctuation, and grammar.
  • Learn job-related material through structured lecture and reading written in the English language. This learning takes place mainly in a classroom setting.
  • Travel over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces.
  • Move objects weighing less than 50 pounds short and long distances.
  • Remain in a standing or sitting position for extended periods of time.
  • Operate a variety of standard office equipment.
  • Perform duties in/on helicopters, aircraft, elevated platforms, ladders and roofs.
  • Perform duties in conditions to include decomposing bodies, strong odors, insects, hostility, emotionally charged situations, child and animal victims.
  • Work in a variety of weather conditions with exposure to the elements.
  • Work cooperatively with other City employees.
  • Work safely without presenting a direct threat to self or others.

Additional Requirements:

  • Appointments to positions in the Police Department are subject to appropriate polygraph and background standards.
  • Some positions require the use of personal or City vehicles on City business. Individual must be physically capable of operating the vehicles safely, possess a valid driver's license and have an acceptable driving record. Use of a personal vehicle for City business will be prohibited if the employee does not have personal insurance coverage.
  • Some positions will require the performance of other essential and marginal functions depending upon work location, assignment, or shift.


Four years of experience in crime scene processing or a related forensic discipline, including two years at the level of Crime Scene Specialist III or its equivalent, in a lead capacity and a bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, forensic science, criminal justice, or a related field. Professional certification from the International Association for Identification. Other combinations of experience and education that meet the minimum requirements may be substituted.