Crime Scene Section Supervisor

Job Description


JOB CODE 62840

Effective Date: Rev. 10/08A


The fundamental reason this classification exists is to supervise the Crime Scene Response Section of the Police Department's Laboratory Services Bureau. The incumbent serves as a second line supervisor over Crime Scene Shift Supervisors who provide first line supervision to Crime Scene Specialists who analyze, collect, preserve, and process physical and biological evidence. Work is performed in the field, including crime scenes and autopsies, and/or 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 evidence, latent fingerprints, tire and shoe impressions, firearms, drugs, and tool mark impressions. This classification differs from Crime Scene Shift Supervisor in that the incumbent has supervisory, administrative, and technical responsibility for multiple shifts in the Crime Scene Section. Work is reviewed and evaluated by the Crime Laboratory Administrator based on results obtained, observation, and oral and written reports. Shift, weekend, and holiday work may be required.


  • Supervises Crime Scene Shift Supervisors and Specialists in the performance of their work analyzing, collecting, and processing evidence at crime scenes and/or in the Lab;
  • Prepares administrative reports on the operations of the Crime Scene Response Section;
  • Trains Crime Scene Specialists in all aspects of analyzing, collecting, and processing crime scene evidence;
  • Works with the quality manager and other management personnel to ensure accreditation standards are met;
  • 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 (multi-discipline).
  • Evidence collection and processing using a variety of technical equipment, materials, and processes.
  • Departmental rules and regulations.
  • Basic rules of evidence.
  • Computers.

Ability to:

  • Supervise and manage a significant number of Crime Scene Specialists working multiple shifts.
  • Communicate in English by phone or in person in a one-to-one or group 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.
  • Operate a variety of standard office equipment.
  • Work cooperatively with the public and 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.


Five years of experience in crime scene processing or other related forensic science discipline including two years at a supervisory, acting supervisory, or lead level, and a bachelor's degree in chemistry, biology, forensic science, or a related field. Incumbents must hold or be eligible for professional certification from the International Association for Identification or Diplomate status by the American Board of Criminalists, and must obtain certification within one year of hire. Other combinations of experience and training that meet the minimum qualifications may be substituted.