Department: Police Reports to: Assigned Lieutenant
Summary : Under basic supervision, supervises a team of Odessa Police
Department (OPD) technicians engaged in the collection, processing,
tracking, handling, and safekeeping of crime scene evidence; assures
compliance with state laws and OPD policies governing collection and
management of evidence and property.
Essential Functions : -- Essential functions, as defined under the
Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following
representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This is not a comprehensive
listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class;
employees may be assigned duties which are not listed below; reasonable
accommodations will be made as required. The job description does not
constitute an employment agreement and is subject to change at any time by the
employer. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not
limited to, the following :
Using knowledge of OPD Crime Scene Unit (CSU) policies and procedures,
supervises crime scene and property & evidence technicians, assignments,
and technical support functions; assigns work, and assures work is
performed in compliance with state laws, City policies, and OPD quality
Supervises and schedules technicians; conducts performance evaluations and
resolves personnel issues; reviews work performed, and assures that
quality and timeliness standards are met; plans and schedules training
classes on new technology and technical procedures for all staff; develops
Meets regularly with staff to discuss and resolve technical issues,
workload, special enforcement issues, trends, new procedures, resource
allocation, and case management issues; monitors operations, inspects work
unit, and develops recommendations for improving technical services, and
Reviews and approves technicians' case notes and narrative summaries;
compiles data and generates operational and summary reports; maintains
logs of services, cases, and information requests; requests additional
information from OPD sources in order to supplement case notes.
Monitors and supervises property storage facilities and the chain of
custody of property received into the Evidence Unit; verifies the
integrity of the evidence, processing procedures, and the paperwork.
Supervises maintenance of CSU and evidence processing equipment; orders
supplies and equipment as needed, and maintains inventory of forensic
Answers inquiries about CSU services and records; explains policies, and
procedures; provides information and assistance within scope of authority;
refers matters requiring legal interpretation to supervisor.
Acts as system administrator for FileOnQ™ property and evidence tracking
Assists and coordinates with other emergency services personnel, outside
organizations and businesses, and Federal, state and local law enforcement
Performs duties of CSU technicians as needed to meet workload demands.
Maintains the absolute confidentiality of all records and information.
Supports the departmental operations with regular and timely attendance.
Supports the relationship between the City of Odessa and the general
public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when
interacting with visitors and City staff; maintains confidentiality of
work-related issues and City information; performs other duties as
required or assigned.
Education, Training and Experience Guidelines: Associate's Degree in
Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, or a related field; AND four years'
experience in crime scene investigation for a law enforcement agency,
preferably in the state of Texas. Successful completion of a background
investigation and polygraph is required.
State and Federal laws, regulations and statutes, governing management of
property and evidence.
Standards and procedures for operating a secure warehouse, including
safety rules and regulations.
Rules and standards for collecting, preserving, and securing physical
evidence at a crime scene.
Principles of crime scene management, and specialized technical equipment
to collect forensic details.
Quality assurance procedures and documentation standards for crime scene
Investigative procedures and protocols for observation of critical
Principles and practices of photographing and documenting crime scenes.
Police radio, dispatch, and communication protocols and procedures.
Principles of record keeping and confidential records management.
Geography, roads, and landmarks of City and surrounding areas.
Supervising staff, delegating tasks and authority, and coaching to improve
Packaging and organizing numerous items of evidence in an orderly fashion
for storage and retrieval.
Collecting, processing, and preserving crime scene evidence.
Care, maintenance, and safe operation of crime scene tools and equipment.
Maintaining accurate evidence records, and generating special and periodic
Promoting and enforcing effective forensic procedures and safe work
Working as a team member with other law enforcement and multi-
Operating a personal computer utilizing standard and specialized software.
Communicating effectively verbally and in writing.
License and certification requirements: A valid Texas State Driver's
License is required. Certification for access to Automated Fingerprint
Identification System (AFIS) from Texas Department of Public Safety is
required. Completion of advanced training from Texas Association of Property
and Evidence Inventory Technicians (TAPEIT) is also required; additional
technical training and certifications may be required.
Physical demands and working environments: Work is performed in a standard
office environment, and indoors and outdoors at crime scenes; must maintain a
level of physical fitness to meet Department standards.