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Crime Scene Supervisor I

at High Point Parks and Recreation Department

Pay: $50498.2 to $68538.1/year
$50498.2 - $68538.1
Posted: 9/24/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2498499

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Occupational Summary

Performs difficult technical and investigative police work supervising members of the Crime Scene Unit.  Schedules, supervises and reviews the work of Crime Scene Technicians to ensure all appropriate evidence collection procedures and methods have been performed proficiently.  Trains Crime Scene Unit personnel.  Assigns tasks and functions of the Crime Scene Unit.
This position will not have a permanent set schedule. It will consist of evening and nighttime shift hours however they could vary day to day and week to week.  The Crime Scene Supervisor will be given flexibility to build a 40 hour/week schedule based on several factors, to include:  High Point Police Department's needs, calls for service, Crime Scene Technician oversight and task driven assignments. 
The schedule will be very fluid, on-call hours will apply, and adjustments can be made with little required notice upon approval of the Forensic Manager.  This position allows for a significant amount of creativity and critical thinking in an effort to provide leadership to Crime Scene Technicians.  
Provides guidance concerning crime scene processing and evidence collection.  Work frequently involves participating in the investigation of cases and directing the activities on crime scenes. This position will be a call answering, working supervisor. 
Work is performed under the regular supervision of the Forensic Manager.  Supervision is exercised over Crime Scene Technicians. 

Essential Tasks

  • Coordinates the Crime Scene Unit daily activities and responsibilities.
  • Assigns, directs, supervises and reviews the work of the Crime Scene Technicians who are responsible for the collection and preservation of physical evidence and processing of crime scenes.
  • Maintains employee personnel records and completes performance appraisals of Crime Scene Technicians; provides feedback and guidance on employee performance; correct deficiencies of Crime Scene Technicians.
  • Assists in the implementation of goals and objectives.
  • Monitors schedules and methods for providing forensic services;
  • Implements procedures to improve efficiency of crime scene investigations.
  • Participates and provides staff training.
  • Reviews crime scene case notes, reports, photographs, evidence, and diagrams for accuracy and completeness in accordance with established procedures; provides advice and counsel as necessary.
  • Serves as shift supervisory liaison for the Crime Scene Unit with police officers, detectives, Patrol supervisors
  • Conducts periodic inspections of vehicles, work spaces, equipment, evidence lockers and evidentiary documentations.
  • Ensures that ongoing training requirements are met and required or preferred certifications are obtained by staff.
  • Provides trainings and keeps abreast of assigned staff training needs.
  • Makes requests of equipment/supplies needed to meet crime scene processing needs to the Forensic Manager
  • Stay abreast of trends, developments and legal opinions related to the fields of crime scene investigations.
  • Provides forensic expert advice to detectives and police officers.
  • Testify in court as an expert witness regarding crime scene processing/investigations and examination of evidence.
  • Understand and apply scientific concepts for forensic analysis of evidence in order to reach accurate conclusions of fact in criminal investigations
  • Ability to scan the crime scene, make decisions on evidence to be collected and direct subordinates in the collection of evidence before it is distorted or destroyed through the moving of objects, bodies, etc.



  • Formal Education
  • Minimum of bachelor's degree in forensic science, biology, chemistry, criminal justice, or closely related field from an accredited institution
  • Minimum of five years of experience in crime scene processing
  • Must be in good standing with your current agency with no written reprimands within the last year
  • Must be able to work crime scene where there is much graphic violence
  • Must have thorough knowledge of pertinent federal and state laws and municipal ordinances and rules and regulations of the department
  • Must have ability to assign, direct and supervise the work of subordinate personnel; to deal with the public courteously and firmly and to maintain records and prepare reports.
  • Must possess excellent oral and written communication and computer skills
  • Must have advanced knowledge of rules of evidence
  • Must have advanced knowledge of photography
  • Must be able to figure distance measurements for accurate crime scene sketches
  • Possess the ability to use all the issued equipment at the required level of proficiency
  • Must have advanced knowledge of methods and standards employed in forensic science
  • Because of the confidential and sensitive nature of the work required, successful completion of a polygraph and background investigation is required.
  • Valid North Carolina Driver's License.  Driver's license issued by another state must be changed to a North Carolina driver's license within sixty (60) days of employment.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Certifications in Forensic Discipline.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with experience in a designated leadership/supervisory role within forensics
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have had leadership and/or training courses
  • Preference will be given to applicants with an established record of experience in successful training  of new employees
  • English and Spanish Language skills.
Physical Requirements
Hearing/Speaking - Expressing and/or receiving information by means of spoken word are both necessary to converse with internal and external customers including co-workers, citizens and applicants.
Visual Abilities – the ability to perceive via eyesight is required for this position:
  • Acuity, far – clarity of vision at 20 feet or more. Must be able to see from a distance when administering and observing employment tests, operating a motor vehicle or addressing an audience.
  • Acuity, near – clarity of vision at 20 inches or less. Must be able to see work-related business documents close at hand.
  • Depth perception – Three-dimensional vision and the ability to judge distance and space relationships.
  • Field of Vision – the area that can be seen up and down or to the right or left while eyes are focused on one point. Must be able to see a wide span of area.
  • Accommodation – Must be able to adjust the eye lens to glance quickly.
Physical Strength – degree of physical demands typically associated with this position include:
  • Light Work
    • Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally; and/or
    • Exerting up to 10 pounds of force frequently; and
    • A negligible amount of force constantly to handle or move materials related to the position
  • Type of Physical Demands
    • Reaching - Extending the hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction.
    • Handling - Seizing, holding, grasping, turning, or otherwise working with hand(s).
    • Fingering - Picking, pinching or otherwise working with fingers primarily rather than the entire hand or arm. Must have finger dexterity to operate radio equipment, computer and similar equipment
Mental Activity/Requirements
  • Ability to apply principles of logical thinking combined with knowledge of principles and practices of public personnel and employment laws to work tasks and handle practical situations, comprehend and respond to a variety of situations in a timely fashion and exercise good judgment.
Mathematics Ability
  • Using arithmetic and/or Statistics: Ability to direct and oversee the use of arithmetic and/or statistics in the preparation of a variety of tests and reports.
Language Ability
  • The ability to speak, read and write the English Language are required for this position.
  • Must be able to communicate both verbally and in writing.
Environmental Conditions
Physical Surroundings
  • The Crime Scene Supervisor is subject to working inside or outdoors.
  • Exposed to the various weather conditions and temperatures. When crime scene is located outside, the worker is required to work in extremely hot weather and extremely cold weather as well as in rain, sleet, snow, ice, fog, smoke and wind storms. The position is so specialized that the worker may not leave the scene until all evidence is collected. This may require the individual to wear the same clothing and continue work for a period of time to exceed the normal work schedule and sometimes as long as 24 hours.
  • The Crime Scene Supervisor may be exposed to body fluids, chemicals, vaccines and other drugs. The work performed is subject to the final standards of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidelines.
Machinery/Tools/Work Aids/Other Equipment
  • Computer, calculator, TV/DVD player, projector, audio/video still and motion recorders, printer/fax/copy machine, measuring devices, manuals, ordinances, Personnel Resolution, regulations, reports, evaluations, records, correspondence, periodicals, two-way radio, reference materials, statutes, building codes, telephone, regular office supplies. Digital camera, ultra violet light, photo processing equipment.
This job description may not be all-inclusive, as jobs evolve over time to meet the ever-changing needs of the City of High Point's workforce. This job description is not intended to and does not create a contract or offer of employment to any individual. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is possible that requirements may be modified to reasonably accommodate disabled individuals.  However, no accommodations will be made which may pose serious health or safety risks to the employee or others or which impose undue hardships on the City of High Point. Candidates selected for employment must pass a background screening as well as a pre-employment physical to ensure medical clearance to perform the essential functions of the job prior to receiving a full offer of employment.
The City of High Point is an at-will employer and employees may be terminated or may terminate their employment at any time with or without reason for any reason not prohibited by law.